Stevie Nicks has blasted Lindsey Buckingham for providing a “factually inaccurate” account of his departure from Fleetwood Mac.
The 71-12 months-aged guitarist was fired from the group in 2018 and previously this 7 days repeated his allegation that it was Stevie who was accountable for his exit soon after she gave the rest of the band an ultimatum when he questioned to delay an upcoming tour to boost his solo new music.
He claimed to the LA Instances newspaper: “It would be like a situation the place Mick Jagger says, ‘Either Keith [Richards] goes or I go.’
“No, neither 1 of you can go. But I guess the singer has to remain. The figurehead has to continue to be…
“I assume she saw the probability of remaking the band far more in the Stevie Nicks vein,” Buckingham explained in the job interview. “More mellow and kind of down, offering her extra probabilities to do the variety of speaking she does onstage.”
And Stevie has strike back, insisting Lindsey’s edition of events is basically “revisionist history”.
She explained to the publication: “His version of gatherings is factually inaccurate and whilst I’ve under no circumstances spoken publicly on the make a difference, definitely it feels the time has arrive to glow a light on the truth of the matter.
“To be exceedingly crystal clear, I did not have him fired, I did not check with for him to be fired, I did not demand from customers he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself. I proactively taken out myself from the band and a predicament I deemed to be poisonous to my wellbeing. I was performed. If the band went on with out me, so be it.
“And immediately after several lengthy group conversations, Fleetwood Mac, a band whose legacy is rooted in evolution and change, observed a new route forward with two hugely proficient new associates.”
Lindsey claimed the predicament arose due to the fact Stevie is “by yourself” and finds it difficult to acknowledge she isn’t the performer she used to be.
He claimed: “You could do a total examination on Stevie at this position in her daily life and what she’s allowed to come about and what she’s authorized to slip away from her. Her creativeness, at minimum for a even though it appeared like she wasn’t in touch with that.
“Same with the stage of electricity she the moment had onstage. I consider that was hard for her, observing me bounce all around in an age-inappropriate way. Also, she’s lonely. She’s on your own. She has the people today who operate for her, and I’m guaranteed she has close friends, but you know.”
The 73-year-outdated singer blasted her former bandmate for “passing judgement” above her determination to target on her career over her particular daily life.
She reported: “Those are my selections that I get to make for myself. I’m happy of the lifetime options I’ve made and it seems a shame for him to go judgment on any person who makes a preference to stay their lifestyle on their very own terms.”
Lindsey also strike out at the ‘Dreams’ group’s supervisor, Irving Azoff, arguing the businessman was “pushed by the revenue” when it came to kicking him out, but the executive insisted the guitarist had been maintain in the band “longer than [he] should have.”
He reported in a statement: “I have traditionally declined comment on artists, but in the circumstance of Lindsey Buckingham, I will make an exception.
“While I understand it’s demanding for Lindsey to settle for his personal role in these issues and much less complicated to blame a supervisor, the fact stays that his actions by yourself are liable for what transpired.
“Frankly, if I can be accused of anything at all it’s perhaps keeping items collectively lengthier than I ought to have. Soon after 2018 when Fleetwood Mac advanced with their new lineup, my continued work with the band was due completely to the fact I have been aligned with Stevie Nicks in imagined and goal from the earliest of times.
“Whilst fiscal gain was not a motivator for me, it was a delightful bonus that the band scored their greatest grossing tour ever with no Lindsey.”