After the band refused, Buckingham delayed the solo project to accommodate a 60-date tour with the group.
As Buckingham told Rolling Stone, a few days after the show he received a phone call from manager Irving Azoff, who proceeded to list various issues Nicks had with his behavior that night, including his complaints about their intro music being Nicks' "Rhiannon" and that he may have "smirked" while she was giving her acceptance speech.
Buckingham has since been replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who made their debuts as members of Fleetwood Mac during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.
It was reported that the guitarist and singer was asked to leave the band because he couldn't commit to a touring schedule, but Buckingham insists he was given his marching orders because Nicks could no longer share a stage with him. Is Stevie leaving the band, or am I getting kicked out?'" Buckingham recalled, only to be told that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: "Either you go or she's gonna go". At the time, the band's members cited disagreements with Buckingham asking to postpone the tour as one of the reasons for the split, but Buckingham contends that Fleetwood Mac was his priority all along.
"I don't think there was ever anything that was just cause to be fired", he states. All of us have worn on each other's psyches at times.
Even though Buckingham still has connections to Fleetwood Mac, such as his niece's husband working as a drum tech with the band, and he has attempted to contact Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood, Buckingham and his former bandmates have not talked since the MusiCares event.
Responding to news of Buckingham's lawsuit, a spokesperson for Fleetwood Mac said, "It is impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen".
Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members and a shifting line-up over the years.
"(I said), 'This feels amusing.
The fired guitarist insists he's far from heartbroken to no longer be a member of the band - he's just upset about the way he was ousted: "The one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth", he continued. That is what the songs are about.
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