As it often turns out with these things, there's several sides to a story - and Lindsey Buckingham's side of the story regarding his ouster from Fleetwood Mac is now out in the air.

Previously, a short statement was released by the band and flurries of rumours did the rounds that Buckingham was arguing over tour schedules and rehearsals. This tracks with Steve Nicks' comments in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, where she was pretty open about disagreements with Buckingham.

However, the guitarist has now had his say and it's not pretty. At a political fundraiser last Friday, Buckingham made clear that his leaving Fleetwood Mac "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," he added. "The point is that they’d lost their perspective. What that did was to harm — and this is the only thing I’m 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 higher destiny."

Buckingham had a public split with the band back in 1987, following the release of Tango In The Night. At the time, Buckingham claimed his reasons for leaving the band were both personal and professional - citing the gruelling tour schedules and his unresolved issues with Steve Nicks.

This time around, it looks to be far more on the professional side of things.


Via Vulture