There's drama, and there's Fleetwood Mac drama - the kind that produces albums like 'Rumours', 'Tango In The Night' and songs like 'You Make Loving Fun', which was about an affair Christine McVie had with the band's lighting director and was recorded with the help of her then-husband, John McVie.
While all that tension, backstabbing and soap opera antics might produce great music and brilliant stories, the downsides are you have lawsuits flying all over the place and the latest round of drama surrounds Lindsey Buckingham's firing from the band. Per Rolling Stone, the guitarist is now preparing to sue his former band members for "breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, among other charges."
Documents viewed by Rolling Stone claim that Buckingham asked the members of Fleetwood Mac to postpone their tour for three months so he could play shows with his solo band, however they refused to accommodate him. A 60-date tour across North America was planned with the 'Rumours'-era band, which would have potentially made them anywhere between $12 and $14 million for the tour, with three shows planned per week. Buckingham then asked if he could play solo shows during the off-days.
Buckingham's suit claims that "(by) excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing," and that Fleetwood Mac "intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour."
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Buckingham said that he remains "deeply surprised and saddened" at the band's decision to continue without him, "as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together. Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents."
So far, neither Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine or John McVie have made no statement on the lawsuit. Imagine if they got back together and the album that came out of it.