After maintaining his silence after his shock sacking from Fleetwood Mac earlier this year, guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham has now publicly addressed his firing for the first time.
68-year-old Buckingham played a fundraiser gig for Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin in over the weekend when he spoke about his addressed the story in between songs.
‘For the last three months I have sadly taken leave from my band of 43 years Fleetwood Mac,’
‘This was not something that was really my doing or my choice,’
‘I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective.’
At one point an audience member yelled out ‘F**k Stevie Nicks’, he dismissed the comment, ‘Well, it doesn’t really matter.’
‘What that did was to harm — and this is the thing I’m only really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity — It harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s high destiny.’
The group only revealed the news last month they had parted ways with the lead guitarist.
Drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood told CBS news that the classic line-up had planned a new tour, but Buckinhgham refused to sign off.
‘It became just a huge impasse and hit a brick wall, where we decided that we had to part company,’ he said.
When asked if Buckingham was fired, he replied: ‘Well, we don’t use that word because I think it’s ugly.