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In the biggest fight of our time, earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham before his tour of typical gang disputes. Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood claimed at the time that it was primarily a programming conflict that had bought him a one-way ticket home, but Buckingham now says that the fault lies solely with Nicks. Describing its unceremonious termination now for Rolling Stone, says he was fired by telephone by the band's manager, Irving Azoff, while watching the Grammys. "Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again," they told him, much to Buckingham's surprise. The two had just shared a stage two nights before and had the impression that "we got along very well". It turns out that Nicks, who later called his relationship "volatile," had a list of complaints waiting to download. Buckingham. During the call, Azoff told him that Nicks "disagreed" with his "outburst" about his introductory music, and did not appreciate him smiling during his speech.
Buckingham assumed that the call meant that Nicks was leaving the group, only to find out later that he was "expelled" and that Nicks had privately told the rest of the band members that she was either Buckingham or herself, and they they chose Buckingham says that, despite his reach, he has not heard from anyone in the group since their last performance together in January. Which is fine, really. Buckingham just wants the receipts: "I do not think there's anything that's been motive for getting fired, we've all done things that were not constructive, we've all used each other's psyches sometimes, that's the story of the group." And we just want this drama to continue for another four decades.