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.
Regardless of Buckingham's defenses, Azoff gave him a direct message: "Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again". I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective'.
"In fact, not a single member of Fleetwood Mac has returned any of Buckingham's phone calls to provide him with an explanation for his purported expulsion from Fleetwood Mac".
Along with Buckingham's firing, Fleetwood Mac announced earlier this year that they would continue the reunion tour plans with new guitarists, Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 with his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks; and steered the band through its most commercially successful era before leaving in 1987. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. His manager, Buckingham says in the suit, was the one to break the news to him that the band, "would proceed with its upcoming and already organized 2018 to 2019 concert tour without him".
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Buckingham included in the lawsuit a copy of an email he sent to Fleetwood in February, begging the band to overcome its differences.
"If there is a way to work this through, I believe we must try".
Court documents obtained by Us Weekly and Radar Online show the singer-songwriter is suing Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood for "breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage" in Los Angeles Superior Court. It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.
Nicks apparently "took issue" with the prickly guitarist's behaviour during their performance, accusing him of smirking as she made her thank-you speech and having an outburst about introduction music, which was the band's studio recording of Rhiannon.
He said that cutting him out of the band unexpectedly harmed the 43-year legacy that "we had worked so hard to build".