The Rolling Stones may have taken more drugs, The Who may have destroyed more hotel rooms. However, when it comes to an authentic rock and roll soap opera, nobody has a candle for Fleetwood Mac.
The band turned the mutual enmity into an art form with a series of bittersweet successes about their various failed relationships with each other, hardly helped by their industrial consumption of drugs and alcohol.
In fact, many thought that it was all this continuous confrontation and fury that made them the lasting success they have become, 51 years and 100 million album sales later.
Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood appear in the tribute to Person of the Year MusiCares 2018 in New York earlier this year. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is demanding her share of tour revenues because she still wants to act.
But now the British-American group, which began as a blues rock band playing in a London pub, finally imploded when one of its key members is suing others for firing him.
Lindsey Buckingham, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist since 1975, seeks millions of dollars in compensation from her bandmates Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie.
The mercurial musician, who wrote and sang the mega hit 1976 Go Your Own Way, has made it clear that he is not happy to follow his own path.
In a 28-page lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles and in a recent interview, Buckingham has uncovered the amazing extent to which he has quarreled with his former bandmates, especially with the singer Stevie Nicks, his former lover .
Fleetwood Mac bandmates Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham pose for the cover of the album. The record company had asked her to look "sexy", but the shy Nicks felt uncomfortable when the photographer asked her to pose topless.
The case also reveals how lucratively popular the band continues to be.
Tickets to see them last Saturday in St Louis, Missouri, on their new tour cost up to $ 899 (£ 686). Meanwhile, the most expensive tickets to see Buckingham's current solo tour are less than one-tenth of that price.
According to Buckingham's lawsuit, each of the five members of the band would earn around $ 13 million for playing in 60 shows over two years in an agreement with a concert producer, Live Nation. It accuses its members of the previous band of having breached their fiduciary duty, having breached the oral contract and has been "an international interference with a possible economic advantage".
How Fleetwood Mac could EXPLOIT
Singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac as a romantically united couple.
They added an American vibe to a British band.
The act was originally a blues band from London in the sixties, but became a great success with Fleetwood Mac, an album.
Stevie Nicks said, in an interview with Planet Rock, "We were supposed to rehearse in June and he wanted to postpone it until November (2019)."
He wanted to focus on his solo album.
The lawsuit claims that he was later informed of the band's ultimatum, whether he (Lindsey) is leaving or Stevie Nicks is leaving.
Fleetwood Mac says he "strongly disputes" Buckingham's claims.
In a statement last week, a spokesman said: "Fleetwood Mac waits for his day in court."
Eliminating legality, the guitarist is demanding his share of the tour's income because he still wants to act.
Other members of Fleetwood Mac say he was fired because it did not fit with his tour plans and they found a 'brick wall'. in the negotiations.
Buckingham, 69, admits that he initially requested that the tour be delayed for three months in order to concentrate on his solo album. However, he insists that he later relented and accepted the original moment.
Two days after Fleetwood Mac showed up at a charity in New York in January, he says he was told the tour had begun. But three days later, he discovered that the band was without him.
His bandmates had moved without him secretly and unceremoniously, even hiring two musicians to sing and play instead, he complains in his lawsuit. "After 43 years of camaraderie and friendship, not a single member of the band called Buckingham to break the news," he continues.
Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, left in 1987 to pursue a solo career and rejoined in 1997. In his demand, he does not spare the feelings of other members of Fleetwood Mac by making it clear that the band, which was formed For the first time in 1967, he was only really successful when he was part of it. After his departure in 1987, "the popularity of the band declined precipitously," the lawsuit says, adding that his return has revitalized his fortunes.
Fleetwood Mac says he "strongly disputes" Buckingham's claims. In a statement last week, a spokesman said: "Fleetwood Mac waits for his day in court."
Buckingham's lawsuit does not explain exactly why he believes he was fired, other than insisting that it had nothing to do with why he bothered them during the tour.
However, he pointed his finger clearly at Stevie Nicks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine published just one day after the lawsuit was filed.
The band, above, turned mutual enmity into an art form with a series of bittersweet successes about their various failed relationships with each other. Guitarist Danny Kirwan was fired in 1972 for alcoholism and violent behavior
He remembered Fleetwood Mac manager Irving Azoff, who called him two nights after his last appearance with the band in January to say, "Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again."
According to Buckingham, Azoff told him that Nicks was upset by his angry response to the decision to play a recording of the hit song Rhiannon, which she wrote, as they took the stage.
She also accused him of "smiling" while giving a slightly long speech of thanks. Buckingham insisted that it was a 'standing joke' that Stevie, when he speaks, lasts a long time.
He says Azoff told him that Nicks, now 70, had given the rest of the band "an ultimatum: either you're going or she's going to leave."
He has not spoken to any of the other band members since January and says his freeze is even more noticeable since John McVie lives just 300 meters away from him in Los Angeles.
Nicks publicly insists that Buckingham was expelled because he wanted to postpone his tour for more than a year.
However, he admitted that his relationship with him "has always been volatile," adding: "This is sad, but I want the next ten years of my life to be fun and happy."
Fleetwood Mac has a history of wandering members. Guitarist Danny Kirwan was fired in 1972 for alcoholism and violent behavior. A year later, his replacement, Bob Weston, was expelled after having an affair with the then wife of Mick Fleetwood.
Buckingham has suggested that the reasons for his or Nicks' ultimatum were trivial, but that would ignore the considerable amount of water that has already run under the bridge in his bad-luck relationship.
Fleetwood Mac at the American Music Awards in 1978. The British-American group, which began as a blues rock band playing in a London pub, finally imploded when one of its key members is suing others for firing him.
The extension of the ugly treatment from Buckingham to Nicks was detailed in a biography of her.
Named Gold Dust Woman by one of the songs of the band, and published two months before they dismissed to Buckingham, its writer, Stephen Davis, describes to Nicks like who fought in a relentless battle to prevail against a jealously competitive Buckingham, and its forms of control sometimes become violent. .
Buckingham and Nicks met in 1965 when they were teenagers at a meeting led by young musicians. Three years later, they became lovers, joining their love for cocaine and the ambition to get to the music business.
After launching their career as a couple in 1971, they posed two years later for the cover of their first album, Buckingham Nicks. The record company had asked her to look "sexy", but the shy Nicks felt uncomfortable when the photographer asked her to pose topless.
When she refused, Buckingham lost her composure. "Do not be a fucking child," he snapped. & # 39; This is art! & # 39;
He got his way.
They were recruited in 1975 by Mick Fleetwood, the glamorous American couple who brought some brilliance to what was originally a London folk rock pub band.
& # 39; When they joined the band, Lindsey had control [over Nicks]& # 39; remembered Mick Fleetwood. & # 39; And, very slowly, began to lose control. And he really did not like it.
The couple separated in 1976 while the band recorded Rumors, their most famous album. The dreams (that she wrote) and Go Your Own Way (which he wrote) were strong ones against two.
According to Gold Dust Woman, Nicks told her mother that she left Buckingham after a row in which he had "thrown her on the floor". It was a period in which Mick Fleetwood admitted "it almost kills us", as the band drowned in drinks and drugs.
Not only did Nicks and Buckingham split violently, but the McVies ended their seven-year marriage and spoke only to talk about music. Fleetwood, who later had a two-year affair with Nicks, tried to keep everyone happy by providing them with drugs. He has estimated that if every line of cocaine he has inhaled extends from end to end, it would extend seven miles.
The fight between Nicks and Buckingham was in full display, says Davis, during a tour to promote his 1980 album Tusk. In a concert before 60,000 fans in Wellington, New Zealand, Buckingham, who had drunk a bottle of whiskey, tried to make tripping Nicks on stage and began to imitate his movements and dances.
In August 1987, members in conflict met at Christine McVie's home in England after Buckingham had just canceled a ten-week tour, saying he was not ready to play any of Nicks' solo jobs.
Lindsey Buckingham, third on the left, is looking for millions of dollars in compensation from her bandmates Mick Fleetwood on her right, Stevie Nicks on her left and John McVie, on the far left. The musician, who wrote the mega hit Go Your Own Way, has made it clear that he is not happy to do it his way.
A furious row erupted between the two former lovers who continued when Buckingham got out of his car. According to Davis: Lindsey slapped her face, and bent her back on the hood of her car. He put his fingers around her neck and began to strangle her.
Davis quoted Nicks as saying: "I thought he was going to kill me." I think he probably thought he was going to kill me too.
The guitarist has been married for 22 years to Kristen, a former photographer whom he met on a set, and they have three children. Nicks has no children. In 1983, he married the widower of a close friend, but they divorced after only three months.
Nicks said previously that she and Buckingham finally reconciled in 2013 when she insisted that he promise to behave decently with her.
However, they have never resolved their artistic differences. While Buckingham wanted Fleetwood Mac to produce new songs, Nicks has been happy to continue playing old ones.
Nicks has sworn that Fleetwood Mac will continue on tour "until we fall dead" and that he will never have a "farewell tour". Great news for Mac fans, but unfortunately the next meeting of the "classic" band alignment seems to happen in a courtroom.