On Stevie: "There will never be romance there, but there are other kinds of love to be had." (Photo by Ture Lillegraven / Corbis)

Lindsey Buckingham on surviving Fleetwood Mac

On Stevie: "There will never be romance there, but there are other kinds of love to be had." (Photo by Ture Lillegraven / Corbis)
On Stevie: “There will never be romance there, but there are other kinds of love to be had.” (Photo by Ture Lillegraven / Corbis)

As Fleetwood Mac kicks off its first tour in four years, Lindsey Buckingham reflects on the band’s drug-fueled nights, blowout fights, and unbreakable bonds.

By Brian Hiatt
Men’s Journal
April 2013

For Lindsey Buckingham, recording an album used to mean doing just enough coke to nail a guitar part at 3 am, getting in screaming fights with Stevie Nicks, and, in one case, allegedly throttling an engineer who erased the wrong track. But that was all long ago. These days, he wakes up at six, has breakfast with his three young kids, hits his home studio alone, and is done by dinner. “It’s a nice balance,” says Buckingham, 63, who is reuniting with Fleetwood Mac for an arena tour beginning this month (and has a solo live album, ‘One Man Show,’ out now). “That’s the whole lesson for me now. For many, many years in Fleetwood Mac, it was a study in life out of balance.”

You had your first child at 48. Do you recommend late-life fatherhood?

It depends on the man. You could almost say I’m someone who doesn’t practice age. I went to a high school reunion a few years back, and all these people seemed 20 years older than me, physically and mentally. So having kids late is good if you’re the kind of person who needs to wait – though in 20 years, I may have a different perspective.

Your most recent studio album, ‘Seeds We Sow,’ got great reviews but didn’t sell. Why?

There’s a disconnect between the preconceptions that go with being the age I am and what the music is. I sent the album to Daniel Glass, who runs [hip record label] Glassnote, and he loved it. Then he played it for his staff, guys in their twenties, and they said, “Well, what are we going to do with it?”

What do you remember about the argument that led to your leaving Fleetwood Mac for a while in 1987?

All I recall is that Stevie ran after me crying and yelling and kind of beating on my back. I don’t remember any physical confrontation, not to say there wasn’t.

Is it safe to say, though, that you had a temper in the past?

Sure. It’s been well documented. But we were doing all sorts of substances, too, that probably had something to do with blowing certain behaviors way out of proportion.

Has age calmed you down?

Some of it was situational. You’ve got to understand, it was very difficult for me to have Stevie break up with me and to still be in a band with her, to never get a sense of closure. It took its toll emotionally.

How come drugs never got too out of control for you?

The substances that were in the studio were not part of my lifestyle at home. I had to take them so I could stay up till two or three, and even then, Mick [Fleetwood] would want to go later. My MO if I really wanted to leave would be to say, “I’m going to the bathroom,” and then walk out the door and drive away.

Now that pot is practically legal in California, are you tempted by it?

No. I did a lot of that back then, and it was good for a certain kind of abstract thinking. But we all thought we had to be altering our consciousness on a daily basis in order to be creative, which turns out to be crap. It’s just about finding your center, that quiet place.

You and Stevie broke up decades ago, but you have to deal with her forever. What’s that like?

You get used to it. And for me, getting married and having children was a positive outcome. I wonder sometimes how Stevie feels about the choices she made, because she doesn’t really have a relationship – she has her career. But there are a few chapters to be written in the Stevie-Lindsey legacy. There’s a subtext of love between us, and it would be hard to deny that much of what we’ve accomplished had something to do with trying to prove something to each other. Maybe that’s fucked up, but this is someone I’ve known since I was 16, and I think on some weird level we’re still trying to work some things out. There will never be romance there, but there are other kinds of love to be had.

It’s about as complicated as a relationship can be.

Oh, my Lord, yes.

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

Instagram

Instagram has returned invalid data.

Follow

RSS Fleetwood Mac

  • Another Rumours deluxe set coming this fall Friday, August 23, 2019
    Rhino/Warner Bros. Records will be reissuing another deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours to coincide with the band’s remaining 2019 North American tour dates. The latest 4CD package, out October 25, compiles tracks from the previously released 2004 and 2013 reissues of the album. The package is a slimmed-down version of the 6-disc […]
  • Fleetwood Mac: Still going their own way Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Since it began as a British rock band in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has undergone 19 iterations while steadily adding Americans and, most recently, a New Zealander to its line-up. Its only remaining founding member is drummer Mick Fleetwood, who recently described each version of the group as “incredibly different musical episodes in this Shakespearean play […]
  • Seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019 is a strange experience — but they’ve always been a strange band Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy Thirty minutes into Fleetwood Mac’s set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this week, Stevie Nicks admitted that she didn’t realise “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac song until well after she’d joined the band. It’s an astounding admission. Sure, the song […]

Translate This Site

News Archive

Instagram

Instagram has returned invalid data.

RSS Fleetwood Mac

  • Another Rumours deluxe set coming this fall Friday, August 23, 2019
    Rhino/Warner Bros. Records will be reissuing another deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours to coincide with the band’s remaining 2019 North American tour dates. The latest 4CD package, out October 25, compiles tracks from the previously released 2004 and 2013 reissues of the album. The package is a slimmed-down version of the 6-disc […]
  • Fleetwood Mac: Still going their own way Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Since it began as a British rock band in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has undergone 19 iterations while steadily adding Americans and, most recently, a New Zealander to its line-up. Its only remaining founding member is drummer Mick Fleetwood, who recently described each version of the group as “incredibly different musical episodes in this Shakespearean play […]
  • Seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019 is a strange experience — but they’ve always been a strange band Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy Thirty minutes into Fleetwood Mac’s set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this week, Stevie Nicks admitted that she didn’t realise “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac song until well after she’d joined the band. It’s an astounding admission. Sure, the song […]
  • Sydney show was testament to Fleetwood Mac’s timelessness Friday, August 16, 2019
    Last night, Fleetwood Mac descended on Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. The band treated fans to a career-spanning setlist that proved that though 50 years into their career, the band are not one to rest on their laurels. The show was Sydney’s first taste of Fleetwood Mac in their new form. Last year, longtime singer, guitarist […]
  • RECAP 8/15/2019: Sydney Thursday, August 15, 2019
    On Thursday, Fleetwood Mac performed the first of two shows at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Videos skidstar72 Black Magic Woman  Andy Leo I Got You Andy Leo Man of the World Andy Leo Oh Well Andy Leo Don’t Dream It’s Over Andy Leo Landslide Duncan H Band Intros Andy Leo Gold Dust Woman Andy […]
%d bloggers like this: