Mick Fleetwood “would love to see” Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham heal rift

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Mick Fleetwood has shared his hopes of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham healing their feud, but maintained this doesn’t require a Fleetwood Mac reunion.

Buckingham left the band in 2018 due to tension with Nicks and was replaced by guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Following his dismissal, Buckingham claimed he was informed of Fleetwood Mac’s decision by their manager, Irving Azoff, who allegedly told him, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”

Nicks later refuted Buckingham’s claims, labelling his version of events as “factually inaccurate”. Furthermore, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac over his exit due to missing out on a payday from their forthcoming tour, and the case was eventually settled.

While there’s no love lost between Buckingham and Nicks, who were once inseparable, Fleetwood has reconciled with his former bandmate. As the drummer is still on positive terms with both musicians, their fallout has left him in an uncomfortable position which he’d like to see resolved.

In a new interview with Mojo, Fleetwood shared: “Stevie’s able to speak clearly about how she feels and doesn’t feel, as does Lindsey. But I’ll say, personally, I would love to see a healing between them – and that doesn’t have to take the shape of a (Fleetwood Mac) tour, necessarily.”

His comments come after Buckingham revealed earlier this year that he would rejoin Fleetwood Mac “in a heartbeat” if they reached out and asked.

The guitarist said to Conan O’Brien of his dismissal: “I was in the band for almost 45 years, and we were always – this is always part of our legacy – we were always able to work out our differences over things of which were far more profound than any issues that happened in 2018 with me departing the band.”

While Buckingham would be willing to participate in a Fleetwood Mac reunion, it seems unlikely to happen following the sad death of Christine McVie in 2022. After her passing, Nicks said the band had no plans to tour, stating, “When Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her. You just can’t. Without her, what is it?”

Nicks is currently busy touring as a solo artist, and is set to headline BST Hyde Park on July 12th in London. The show will be an emotional affair, marking the Fleetwood Mac’s singer’s first performance in the capital since McVie’s passing, and the outdoor venue is also where she last performed with Tom Petty in 2017.

Although Fleetwood won’t be participating in the show, he will be in attendance, telling Mojo, “I’m gonna get myself a vicarious fix. For once, I get to be a punter in the audience and see them do all the work.”

In the same interview, he also said it has ben a “strange time” in his personal life following the loss of “sweet Christine” which he described as “catastrophic”. He continued, “And then, in my world, sort of losing the band too. And I (split) with my partner as well. I just found myself sort of licking my wounds.”

Despite cancelling shows in Manchester and Glasgow due to a “minor surgical procedure”, Nicks remains scheduled to resume her European tour by performing in London on July 12th.

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