Of course, all of this isn't meant to dismiss Buckingham's talent.His songwriting, guitar work and sonic ambitions are, indisputably, crucial to Fleetwood Mac's sound and success.The band is a fluid entity, with touring and permanent musicians cycling in and out during every era.You might prefer a certain Fleetwood Mac lineup, but there are many iterations of Fleetwood Mac to love (or at least appreciate).And it would certainly make sense for Fleetwood Mac now to throw in a Crowded House tune (or two) or honor Petty with a tribute.Nicks already covers (and loves) his "I Need To Know," for example.But that's entirely the point: The men aren't replacing Buckingham but are bringing their own experience and backgrounds to Fleetwood Mac and pushing the group's music forward once again.
For instance, during the Buckingham-free 1987 tour, the band dusted off the Peter Green-penned blues number "Rattlesnake Shake" during shows, as well as Christine Mc Vie's "Tusk" tune "Brown Eyes." The pre-Buckingham Fleetwood Mac also has a pile of sterling Christine Mc Vie songs waiting in the wings — say, the organ-heavy "Penguin" cut "Dissatisfied" or the meaty "Bare Trees" barnburner "Homeward Bound." On last summer's tour with Buckingham, she played her "Mirage" song "Wish You Were Here" for the first time live.
(Most recently, the latter added gentle percussion to Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" during Finn's March 24 performance at Concert for Our Lives Maui.) The New Zealand native is an expressive, vulnerable tenor who is comfortable taking the lead or stepping back and ceding the spotlight.
But he's also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist who brings acoustic and electric guitar and piano to the table.
You'd be forgiven if you double-checked the calendar date after news broke on Monday that Lindsey Buckingham was out of Fleetwood Mac and was being replaced by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House founder/vocalist Neil Finn.
Yet this wasn't an April Fool's Day prank but instead something that played out more like a Shakespearean drama.