Lindsey Buckingham has sued Fleetwood Mac for breach of contract after the guitarist’s former bandmates reduce him out of their North American tour.
Buckingham, 69, one of the influential members of the British-American band behind hits like “Dont’Cease” and “Rhiannon,” was dropped earlier this 12 months from the tour lineup.
In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court docket, Buckingham mentioned the dispute stemmed from a conflict between the deliberate 2018/19 Fleetwood Mac tour and Buckingham’s needs to play some solo dates.
The lawsuit claimed that every member of the group would have earned about $12 million to $14 million for the 50-city tour, which kicked off final week.
The opposite band members “deliberately acted to intervene with Buckingham’s relationship with (live performance promoters) Reside Nation and the potential financial profit he was to obtain because of his participation within the tour,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Buckingham mentioned he realized he had been dropped two days after a Grammy Musicares celebration in New York in January 2018 honoring the primary members of the band – Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Buckingham.
“Lower than every week after having shared a stage at Musicares, the opposite members of Fleetwood Mac had all of a sudden reduce Buckingham off solely,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Representatives of the band had no instant touch upon the lawsuit on Thursday.
Fleetwood Mac, which first fashioned in 1967, has been stricken by behind-the-scenes romantic and artistic tensions amongst its members and a shifting lineup through the years.
Buckingham included within the lawsuit a duplicate of an electronic mail he despatched to Fleetwood in February, begging the band to beat its variations.
“After 43 years and the end line clearly in sight, it’s exhausting to flee the conclusion that for the 5 of us to splinter aside now could be the fallacious factor,” he wrote.
“If there’s a option to work this by, I imagine we should strive. I like you it doesn’t matter what,” he wrote.
In an interview earlier this week with Rolling Stone journal, Buckingham blamed Nicks, his former girlfriend, for the rift, saying he was informed by the band’s supervisor that Nicks was offended when Buckingham smirked whereas she was giving a speech on the January Grammy occasion.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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