A day after we learned how Stevie Nicks forced Lindsey Buckingham out of Fleetwood Mac, he sued his former bandmates.
The suit, filed Tuesday in in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims "breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage."
It goes onto say, "This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac.”
And, in one of the more ironic twists in the whole drama-filled Fleetwood Mac story, there was no written contract of any kind between the five members.
California’s Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 says that “absent a written partnership agreement, no partner in Fleetwood Mac may be terminated from the Partnership without cause.”
He says the problem stems from him wanting to start the tour next month and that in between band shows he would be able to do some solo dates in support of his new hits compilation, Solo Anthology. The band wanted the tour to start in August, but it did not get going until earlier this month.
Included in the suit is the email Buckingham sent to Mick Fleetwood, which in part reads as follows: “If there's one aspect of Fleetwood Mac's identity that people relate to and admire most beyond the music, it is this: that somehow we've always been able to rise above our personal difficulties in order to fulfill our destiny... After 43 years and the finish line so clearly in sight, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing. At the moment, the band’s heart and soul has been diminished. But our center, which had seen us through so much, is only laying dormant.”
In a statement regarding the suit, Buckingham says, "Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me. I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together. Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents."
Fleetwood Mac replied, "It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute."
Buckingham told Rolling Stone that Stevie, his onetime lover, gave the band an ultimatum -- either Lindsey goes or she does.
Mac moved on with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, while Lindsey is on a solo tour, which hits Los Angeles tomorrow (Friday) night.