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Lindsey Buckingham will not be returning to Fleetwood Mac, says Mick Fleetwood

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Don't hold your breath if you were hoping to see Lindsey Buckingham back in Mac – founder Mick Fleetwood has ruled out the chance of a lineup reconciliation with the guitarist and vocalist.

Asked by Rolling Stone (opens in new tab) if he saw a scenario where he'd ever play with Buckingham again, Fleetwood left no room for ambiguity in his response. 

"No. Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature," Fleetwood said. "We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no."

The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it.

Buckingham was fired by the band (opens in new tab) in 2018 and they replaced him with not one but two high profile players; Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

"It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt," the drummer added. "His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey. The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company (opens in new tab). And that really is the all of it."

One former Fleetwood Mac guitarist he will be reuniting with soon is Peter Green (opens in new tab), who played a vital role in the band's place in British blues history. The early Mac lineup's star keeps a very low profile these days but Fleetwood confirmed he'll be present, if not playing, at a special tribute concert in London next month.

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The Mick Fleetwood And Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac is a one-off show at the London Palladium on 25 February. 

"He wants to keep a very, very low profile, and that’s fine," said Fleetwood after stating he has been told Green hopes to attend. 

"This is about the journey Peter took into the music, and that music is still alive. Everyone that’s on this show has their own poignant story about being connected to that early band."

You want to go, “Do you realise what you did?” “No, no. Yeah, I suppose so.” He has no ego about what he did.

Mick Fleetwood on Peter Green

Fleetwood said he last saw Green around 18 months ago. "I went out with my girlfriend, and spent the day with him," Fleetwood revealed. "He’s not the Peter that I knew, clearly. But he plays acoustic guitar. He loves painting, and fishing is his hobby.

"It’s no secret that he took a left turn and never came back, but he’s ok. He also has really little or no ego at all, which is unbelievable. You want to go, “Do you realise what you did?” “No, no. Yeah, I suppose so.” He has no ego about what he did."

Confirmed for the bill are names including Billy Gibbons (opens in new tab), David Gilmour (opens in new tab), John Mayall (opens in new tab), Christine McVie, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Andy Fairweather Low and Jonny Lang (opens in new tab). Another guitar star also recently confirmed their involvement on Instagram…

Hammett's inclusion isn't actually so surprising considering he now owns Greeny (opens in new tab) – the '59 Les Paul Peter Green owned during his Fleetwood Mac tenure, later passed to Gary Moore (opens in new tab) before eventually being purchased by Metallica's lead maestro. He also recently revealed (opens in new tab) he's covered Green with Fleetwood for a forthcoming tribute release. 

 

 

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.