Mick Fleetwood said Lindsey Buckingham’s departure from Fleetwood Mac had come about because the band wasn't happy with the situation it found itself in, and that members were excited about moving forward with a new lineup.

Buckingham’s removal was confirmed in April, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn added as his replacements. Fleetwood later said they’d “hit a brick wall” while trying to negotiate schedules. Buckingham then accused his former colleagues of having "lost perspective."

“We’re very excited,” the drummer said in a new interview with Billboard. “Obviously this is a huge change with the advent of Lindsey Buckingham not being a part of Fleetwood Mac. We all wish him well and all the rest of it. In truthful language, we just weren’t happy. And I’ll leave it at that in terms of the dynamic. And he’s going out on the road more or less the same time, I think -- not in the same places, I hope!”

He described Campbell and Finn as “really credible gentleman and really talented." “We are a week into rehearsals and it’s going really well, and we’re looking forward, in true Fleetwood Mac style," he said.

"If you know anything about the history of this band, it’s sort of peppered with this type of dramatic stuff. It’s a strange band really. It’s ironic that we have a 50-year package coming out with all the old blues stuff with Peter Green, all the incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, which was not of course planned. But that’s what we’re feeling, especially myself and John [McVie], having been in Fleetwood Mac for 55 years. ... So it’s exciting, totally challenging in the whole creative part of it, and we’re really loving it. We’re just looking at a whole 18 months on-and-off of trekking around the world like we normally do and having it be fun.”

Fleetwood Mac’s North American tour starts on Oct. 3 in Tulsa, Okla., and ends on April 5 in Philadelphia, with further dates to be announced for elsewhere. Buckingham has not yet confirmed any tour dates.

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