After being fired earlier this year from the megahit band Fleetwood Mac, singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is taking the band to court.
Rolling Stone cites legal documents saying Buckingham is suing the band for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, among other allegations.
“The group parted ways with Buckingham in January and replaced him with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House,” Rolling Stone reports. “The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that he asked the group to postpone their tour three months so he could play shows with his solo band. He says plans were in place for the ‘Rumours’-era lineup to play 60 shows across North America when he was let go without warning.”
The complaint states: “This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac.”
Rolling Stone adds: “The complaint offers a detailed look at the buildup to Buckingham’s departure from the band, going back to late 2017 when the group began plotting a 2018/19 world tour. It claims that Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie wanted it to begin in August of this year, but Buckingham wanted it to start in November so he could tour behind his new solo release. When the others refused to delay the plans, the suit claims, he reluctantly agreed to postpone his album for a year to accommodate their wishes.”
According to the suit, a deal was made with Live Nation that was worth an estimated $12 million to $14 million for each member of the group for 60 concerts.
“When Buckingham learned the group only wanted to play three shows a week, he asked permission to book his own shows during off-days,” Rolling Stone reports. “The band played the MusiCares benefit on January 26th, 2018, and two days later Buckingham learned they were carrying on without him.”