9 Dec 2018

Axed Fleetwood Mac guitarist says his lawsuit is settled

7:33 pm on 9 December 2018

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham says he and former Fleetwood Mac bandmates have settled a lawsuit, after he was axed from a tour.

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Lindsey Buckingham says he has settled a lawsuit over being axed from Fleetwood Mac. Photo: Getty Images/Steven Ferdman/AFP

In April the band surprised the music world by announcing that Mr Buckingham had been fired and was being replaced by New Zealand musician Neil Finn.

Mr Buckingham, a key member of the British-American band with hits such as "Don't Stop" and "Go Your Own Way," did not disclose the terms of any settlement agreement, but he expressed little hope of rejoining Fleetwood Mac.

"I'm pretty much figuring that I won't," Mr Buckingham told CBS News.

Mr Buckingham filed a civil lawsuit in October in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing other members of the band of breach of contract.

Neil Finn and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Neil Finn performing with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Photo: 2018 Getty Images

He said the dispute stemmed from a clash between the planned Fleetwood Mac tour in 2018 and 2019 and his wishes to play some solo dates.

The settlement was reached a couple of weeks ago, Mr Buckingham, 69, told CBS News.

"We've all signed off on something," he said.

Mr Buckingham did not describe the terms of the settlement.

Representatives for Fleetwood Mac could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members and a shifting lineup over the years.

- Reuters/ RNZ

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