Following the news that Fleetwood Mac would tour without longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, new enlistee Mike Campbell has issued a statement elaborating on his new role in the band.
“Lindsey is one of my favorite musical artists. A true genius at songwriting and guitar playing,” Campbell wrote. “I intend to honor his songs while at the same time bring my musicality to the band.”
The news of Buckingham’s departure broke on April 9. Soon after, the band confirmed that the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist, along with Crowded House’s Neil Finn, will take over Buckingham’s duties.
Rolling Stone rock critic Rob Sheffield described Buckingham’s sudden departure as “the most quintessential Fleetwood Mac move they’ve ever made.”
See below for Campbell’s full statement on joining Fleetwood Mac below.
Though I was sad to hear Lindsey Buckingham is no longer with Fleetwood Mac, I am honored and excited to join the band. Lindsey is one of my favorite musical artists. A true genius at songwriting and guitar playing. I intend to honor his songs while at the same time bring my musicality to the band. After one rehearsal I can tell it’s going to be an amazing collaboration. I am also very happy to have an opportunity to play with Neil Finn, who I greatly admire. Fleetwood Mac not only has one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock history, it also has two of the finest voices and songwriters in Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. I am looking forward to the tour with great anticipation.
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