Last month, Fleetwood Mac announced they would be parting ways with longtime guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham and set a batch of North American tour dates with replacement guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Though initially silent on the split, Buckingham shared a few thoughts from his point of view on Friday night during his solo performance at a fundraiser for California Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin.
As SPIN reports, Buckingham took a moment betweens songs to address the situation, saying, “This was not something that was really my doing or my choice,” adding, “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective.”
Upon announcing their new tour dates, members of Fleetwood Mac discussed the firing of Buckingham, citing a disagreement on scheduling and rehearsal for the tour. Mick Fleetwood said that it was “not a happy situation” but that “majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band.”
On Friday night, Buckingham continued, speaking on the effect the split would have on how people viewed the band’s iconic run together. After a crowd member suggested that Stevie Nicks was one of the “factions…that had lost their perspective,” he responded evenly, saying, “Well, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that they’d lost their perspective, and what that did was to harm—and this is the only thing I’m really sad about; the rest of it becomes an opportunity—it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”
Watch a clip of Buckingham’s remarks below.