Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac, claiming he was kicked out of the band

Lindsey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist who wrote the hit song 'Go Your Own Way' is suing the group for doing just that.

The lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court says he was kicked out of the band, which cost him at least $12 million in tour proceeds. He had been a part of Fleetwood Mac on and off for 33 years.

The claim names Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood and reads almost as a history of Buckingham's contributions since he joined in 1975 on the condition, he said, that then-girlfriend Nicks was also accepted.

Because of his influence, the suit states, "the Band became one of the most successful bands in the history of rock 'n' roll".

NBC News reached out to a publicist for the group Thursday night but did not receive an immediate response.

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Buckingham said in a statement: "I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together."

The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks unspecified damages, attorney's fees and interest on money Buckingham claims he's owed as a legal "partner" of the act. It claims breach of oral contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other civil violations.

Buckingham said he was informed that Fleetwood Mac would tour without him five days after the band's MusiCares appearance, a Grammy Awards-related event Jan. 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He described it as "what may be the group Fleetwood Mac's final performance".

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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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He argues that Fleetwood Mac wasn't much of a hitmaker before he joined, and that it fell into malaise during his hiatus from the act from 1987 to 1997. The lawsuit notes Buckingham's contributions on the 1977 album 'Rumours', which sold 40 million copies worldwide and contained the single 'Go Your Own Way'.

"By 1994, Fleetwood Mac, which during Buckingham's tenure had headlined arenas and stadiums, was relegated to the status of an opening act ... ," he argues.

When he was cut in January, Buckingham responded by "seeking an explanation" from band members and "expressing a willingness to carry on the tour," according to the suit. Only Fleetwood responded — with "a cryptic response."

The more than 50-city North American tour was announced in April. The group is scheduled to perform Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

"I'm looking forward to closure," Buckingham stated, "and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents."

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