When Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac last year, he was replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. It was originally rumoured that the band’s lead guitarist of 43 years had been fired. However, Mick Fleetwood has since revealed that Buckingham quit after a reignited feud with his ex-lover Stevie Nicks. Now as Fleetwood Mac continue on their 2019 world tour, the band’s co-manager Stubner has weighed in on the difficulty of the guitarist’s departure.
Speaking with Billboard, he said: “When Lindsey left the band, none of us had any expectations good or bad — it was more about continuing Fleetwood Mac.
“We had about a month to put the tour together and get it on sale, without any assets or pictures of the new lineup. Thankfully, it started doing well from the beginning.
“It was a hard divorce and emotional because we love Lindsey, but we made the best out of a bad situation.”
Despite Buckingham’s departure, the Fleetwood Mac tour has still been very profitable.
He added: “The show has done well in the big markets and the smaller markets like Sacramento and Birmingham, Alabama.
“And not just selling tickets, but merchandise — t-shirt sales have increased considerably from any other tour we’ve done.”
Stubner reckons the success is down to new fans, having been introduced to Fleetwood Mac by their Baby Boomer parents.
He continued: “They learned about the band from their parents, and then they dug a little deeper.”
He added: “There’s a hunger for bands with deep catalogues and I see a lot of young people coming to the shows in search of this music they’ve built a deep connection with.
“And maybe that’s why we have been able to do so well without Lindsey, because it’s really about the collective and the show itself.
“They’re coming out for the band.”
Fleetwood Mac are expected to gross over $100 million from the North American leg of their tour alone.
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