Sources close to the band say musical differences regarding the tour were behind Fleetwood Mac's decision to replace Buckingham with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on April 10, 2018

Fleetwood Mac has dropped a bombshell on the eve of this year’s tour, announcing it has replaced lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers fame.

While representatives of the band were not providing details on the reason for the split, a source close to the band told CNN that the split was “over musical differences regarding the tour”.

No official dates have been released for the global tour expected to start in June.

Buckingham joined the band in 1974, the same year as Stevie Nicks, and wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Go Your Own Way”, the lead single in the blockbuster 1977 album Rumours.

He left the band in 1987 and returned 10 years later. His last appearance for the band was during a concert in January honouring Fleetwood Mac as MusiCares Person of the Year.

Fleetwood Mac wished Buckingham well in a statement, before attempting to create a buzz with the tour fast approaching.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” the band said.

“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Founding member Mick Fleetwood added, “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents … We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realise that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style.

“We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”

Finn said he didn’t hesitate when asked to come on board.

“Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band,” he told Rolling Stone in a statement. “A few days later, I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”

And while Finn and Campbell are superstars in their own right, the band’s decision to part ways with Buckingham has not gone down well with the group’s fans, including actor Rob Lowe.