When Fleetwood Mac initially announced their upcoming North American tour back in late April, the news was met with uncertainty and shock, as the band would be embarking on the upcoming run without the presence of longtime guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham. The classic rock band has seen various lineup changes throughout its long history within the commercial pop and classic rock realms. Buckingham’s departure seemed to throw a wrench into the band’s ongoing journey as they head into their twilight years, while fellow acts from their generation continue to announce and partake in successful farewell tours.
The upcoming tour looks to still be a fun and successful one, as the band will be joined instead by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House singer/guitarist Neil Finn. The band’s drummer and co-founding member Mick Fleetwood recently opened up with his honest but optimistic views of the band in an interview with Yahoo, where he not only praised Buckingham, but held firm in where he believes the band’s latest lineup stands in their long and hit-filled history.
“Huge kudos and respect, forever and before and now and into the future, of what Lindsey Buckingham has always been within the ranks,” Fleetwood told Yahoo. “It was a team huddle of the existing band members to really not panic into anything, other than really following our hearts as to what this meant … Once we had galvanized that approach amongst the four remaining folks, the ladies and the guys in the band, we took the bull by the horns. It was really as simple as that. But it certainly took a real, meaningful breath.”
Speaking of the ladies, it’s worth noting that longtime member Christine McVie had also left the band for the second time back in 1998, but reunited with them starting in 2014 and has been back with the group in the years since. McVie and Buckingham released their own collaborative solo album in 2017 with Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie.
“I don’t think you can keep the horse in the trap, so to speak, when it comes to Christine and Stevie [Nicks],” Fleetwood continued in saying about their 2018 tour lineup. “They’re still connected to everything about writing and having a whole new approach to it. Mike [Campbell] is hugely conversant with production and has written way more than I ever, ever knew. And he’s worked with Stevie, writing and producing and a lot of stuff that Stevie did through the years with Tom [Petty] and of course the Heartbreakers.”
The band’s North American tour is scheduled to begin Oct. 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tickets for select shows on the 2018-2019 trek are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.