Published Oct 11, 2018After being fired from Fleetwood Mac earlier this year, Lindsey Buckingham has filed a lawsuit against his four former bandmates.
Court documents obtained by Us Weekly and Radar Online show the singer-songwriter is suing Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood for "breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage" in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In the documents, Buckingham says he asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their North American tour in order to release and promote a new solo album. After the band refused, Buckingham delayed the solo project to accommodate a 60-date tour with the group.
Buckingham then claims he discovered through Fleetwood Mac manager Irving Azoff that the group members were planning "to tour without him" and "suddenly cut [him] off entirely," adding that "not a single member of the band" spoke to him about the decision.
News of the lawsuit comes one day after Buckingham opened up about his firing in an interview with Rolling Stone. The singer-songwriter claimed that following a benefit show in New York, Azoff informed him that "Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again."
In the interview, Buckingham claims that Azoff recounted a list of things that "Stevie took issue with," relating to an outburst over the band's choice of intro music and how he "smirked" during Nicks' thank-you speech at the performance. Azoff told Buckingham that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: Either you go or she's gonna go."
Pitchfork received the following statement from Buckingham's camp:
Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me. I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful forty three year legacy we built together.
Pitchfork also received the following statement from Fleetwood Mac's camp:
It's impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in disputes.