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Lindsey Buckingham speaks out for first time since Fleetwood Mac firing: not “my choice”

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASIt’s been a month since it was revealed that Lindsey Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac, and wouldn’t be joining the legendary band on their upcoming tour. During a performance Friday night, the singer-guitarist addressed his departure from Fleetwood Mac for the first time publicly.

According to Billboard, while playing a campaign fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin in Los Feliz, California, Buckingham spoke on stage about his ousting from the band:

“Probably, some of you know that for the last three months, I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac,” he began, as seen in fan-filmed video on YouTube. “This 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.”

At that point an audience member yelled out, “F*** Stevie Nicks.

To which Buckingham responded, “Well, it doesn’t really matter. The point is they’d lost their perspective, and what that did was to harm — and this is the only thing I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity — but 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.”

As previously reported, Fleetwood Mac will kick off a 2018 North American tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 3. Buckingham will be replaced in the lineup by longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn. A full list of dates can be found at FleetwoodMac.com.

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