LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Lindsey Buckingham, the former lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac, has sued his former bandmates, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contracts and failing to act in good faith for the band’s farewell tour.
According to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by Rolling Stone, Buckingham is seeking monetary damages, including what would have been his share of the proceeds from the tour, as well as interest and court fees. He’s also seeking the establishment of a “constructive trust” to “oversee interest, proceeds or monies wrongfully appropriated” by the Fleetwood Mac partnership.
“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,” the complaint states.
When Buckingham parted ways with Fleetwood Mac in January, it was widely reported at the time that he had been fired from the group. Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood later confirmed Buckingham’s firing in April when he told CBS News’s Anthony Mason that the group had opted to part ways with Buckingham because he was unwilling to sign off on plans for an upcoming tour.
“It became just a huge impasse and hit a brick wall, where we decided that we had to part company,” Fleetwood told Mason.
However, in the lawsuit, Buckingham’s attorneys state that he was ready and willing to hit the road for the tour.
“On January 31st, just five days after what may be the group Fleetwood Mac’s final performance as a full band at the 2018 MusicCares ceremony, Plaintiff Lindsey Buckingham was informed by his manager that, despite Buckingham’s willingness to perform, Fleetwood Mac would proceed with its upcoming and already organized tour without him,” the complaint said.
The complaint went on to claim that Buckingham has been shut out by the other members of the group.
“After 43 years of camaraderie and friendship, not a single member of the Band called Buckingham to break the news to him. In fact, not a single member of Fleetwood Mac has returned any of Buckingham’s phone calls to provide him with an explanation for his purported expulsion from Fleetwood Mac.”
The complaint goes on to note that “Buckingham was looking forward to the tour and have even agreed to postpone the release of his upcoming solo album to accommodate the tour scehdule preferred by the band’s other members.”
Buckingham’s suit also provides some insight into the finances behind the tour. Per the suit, the tour offer that Live Nation had presented to the partnership came in at an estimated $12-$14 million for each of the partners.
Named in the suit are Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks, and the partnership that constitutes the band.