You know that look when Fleetwood Mac comes on in a coffee shop — say “Dreams” or “Silver Springs” — and you look around at your fellow coffee shop patrons with a calm look of solidarity that says “Hell yeah”. Well, you’re about to have that feeling, except with hundreds of others AND Fleetwood Mac right in front of you.
The band announced today that they will be touring extensively through North America, playing in more than 50 cities through the spring of 2019. The tour starts October 3rd in Oklahoma, playing Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2019. And, because the ‘80s are never far from our hearts, the band seems to be feuding again. Earlier this month, Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham over a disagreement before the band’s upcoming tour.
While the group isn’t eager to throw out the word “fired”, Mick Fleetwood said, “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him.”
In place of Buckingham is singer-guitarist Neil Finn from Crowded House and former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell. “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 realize 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,” Fleetwood said.
Also, if you’re so inclined — or if you happen to be in your parents’ car — SiriusXM announced that it will run a limited-time channel called “The Fleetwood Mac Channel”. Concert tickets will go on sale starting Friday, May 4. Check out the tour dates here.