Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire, has left the group Fleetwood Mac, Variety has confirmed. Buckingham has been a key member of Fleetwood Mac, playing with the band from 1975 to 1987, then, after a decade-long break, returning to the fold in 1997. Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year later.

News of the exit was first shared by guitarist Billy Burnett, who tweeted on April 4, “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in.” The message was deleted a few hours after posting. Presumably, Burnett was trying for a position in the band.

Buckingham was not a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, which formed in the late 1960s, but was asked to join the group after the exit of Peter Green. The band, which included Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, went on to release one of the most successful albums of its time, 1977’s “Rumours,” which has sold more than 40 million copies and yielded such classics as “Don’t Stop” and “Go Your Own Way,” the latter written by Buckingham alone, as well as “The Chain” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

As a solo artist, Buckingham has released six studio albums. Last year, he and Christine McVie teamed for a well-received collection of original songs under the banner Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie.

Fleetwood Mac is managed by CSM Management and booked by CAA. Buckingham is represented by Full Stop Management.

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Lindsey Buckingham Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Lindsey Buckingham Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 18: Members of Fleetwood Mac from left: John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham on the SECOND ANNUAL ROCK MUSIC AWARDS. Image dated September 18, 1976. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Lindsey Buckingham Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of FLEETWOOD MAC; L-R: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie. Posed, group shot, c.1975 (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
NEW YORK, NY - 1979: Lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, struts his stuff during a 1979 New York, New York, concert at Madison Square Gardens. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
American musician Lindsey Buckingham, of the group Fleetwood Mac, performs onstage at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Wisconsin, July 19, 1978. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac at the 1998 Grammy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Lindsey Buckingham sighted on February 21, 1998 at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac during Lindsey Buckingham Performs at the Gorge in George June 12, 1993 at The Gorge in George in George, Washington, United States. (Photo by Dana Nalbandian/WireImage)
CONCORD, CA - JUNE 27: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac performs at the Chronicle Pavilion on June 27, 2004 in Concord, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29: Recording artist Lindsey Buckingham attends the Mark Levinson VIP party for Sir Paul McCartney at the Staples Center on November 29, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
Lindsey Buckingham and wife Kristen Buckingham during GQ Celebrates September Debut Issue Under New Editor and Chief Jim Nelson at Hudson Studios in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Lindsey Buckingham performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: Singer Stevie Nicks (L) and musician Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac perform at The Staples Center on July 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac perform live at The O2 Arena on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Musician Lindsey Buckingham attends Build to discuss his new album 'Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie' at Build Studio on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Musician Harry Styles (L) and honoree Lindsey Buckingham attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Honoree Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac accepts the MusiCares Person of the Year award onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Honoree Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac (2nd R) with (L-R) Kristen Messner, Stella Buckingham and William Gregory Buckingham arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Fleetwood Mac on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Honorees Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
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