Classic rock guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is scheduled to begin his North American solo tour later this week with an opening night performance at Portland, Oregon’s Revolution Hall on Sunday. The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist is also busy promoting the upcoming Friday release of his Solo Anthology - The Best Of album, which is what brought him to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” studios on Monday.
Buckingham’s appearance on the show on Monday evening comes just a few days after a brief performance at Los Angeles’ Silverlake Conservatory of Music over the weekend for a Benefit organized by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. Buckingham’s three-song performance of Fleetwood Mac favorites including “Never Going Back Again” and “Big Love” helped raise over $1 million for the music school. There were no Fleetwood Mac songs to be heard on Monday however, as Buckingham reached deep into his own solo catalog to bring out 1981’s “Trouble” and 1992’s “Soul Drifter.” The performances of both songs can be watched and heard in the pro-shot videos below.
It was Buckingham’s desire to focus more on his solo projects that reportedly fueled the rift between himself and his old Fleetwood bandmates, who kick off their own lengthy North American tour on Wednesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma with new lead guitarist Mike Campbell - formerly of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Even when he isn’t diving back into his well-known Fleetwood Mac songbook, Buckingham’s solo work glistens and dances through the speakers to give just as entertaining of a performance regardless of who’s up on stage with him.
“‘Trouble’ is the first single from my first solo album, ‘Law And Order.’ I may not have begun doing solo projects at all, but the members of Fleetwood Mac had adopted a reactionary stance in the wake of ‘Tusk,’” Buckingham admitted in a string of Twitter posts shared last week in regards to his old bandmates. “With the band’s politic being prohibitive, solo albums became the only option for exploring the left side of my palette. I never looked back!”
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