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Mick Fleetwood “would love to see a healing” between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

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Mick Fleetwood has said he wants to see a “healing” between his former bandmates Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Buckingham and Nicks, then romantic partners, joined Fleetwood Mac on New Year’s Eve 1974 after they’d performed in a duo called Buckingham Nicks. Both were mainstays in the lineup until 1987, when Buckingham left, before Nicks’ departure in 1990. They both rejoined in 1997, before Buckingham was fired in 2018.

Fleetwood discussed their relationship in a new interview with Mojo saying: “It’s no secret, it’s no tittle-tattle that there is a brick wall there emotionally. Stevie’s able to speak clearly about how she feels and doesn’t feel, as does Lindsey.”

He continued: “But I’ll say, personally, I would love to see a healing between them – and that doesn’t have to take the shape of a tour, necessarily.”

Buckingham and Nicks’ relationship ended in 1976, shortly before the band recorded their seminal album ‘Rumours’, and tried to keep things professional while remaining in the band together.

After Buckingham’s firing in 2018, however, he told People that it was “all Stevie’s doing,” and that she “basically gave the band an ultimatum that either I had to go or she would go.”

For her part, Nicks denied the accusations in a statement, saying: “I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself. I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my well-being. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it.”

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were in Fleetwood Mac together for years. CREDIT: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Fleetwood and Nicks had previously discussed the future of Fleetwood Mac following the death of Christine McVie in November 2022. Nicks told Mojo last month, “Without Christine, no can do. There is no chance of putting Fleetwood Mac back together in any way. Without her, it just couldn’t work.”

Fleetwood said in February last year that he’d drawn “a line in the sand” in terms of playing with the band again, but that he’d be happy if the members continued making music as part of other projects.

To Mojo this month, he opened up further, saying: “It’s been a strange time for me. Losing sweet Christine was catastrophic. And then, in my world, sort of losing the band too. And I [split] with my partner as well. I just found myself sort of licking my wounds.”

However, Buckingham said in February that he’d rejoin the band “in a heartbeat” should anything happen.

As for Nicks, her Barbie doll has been given a limited re-release and she’s set to headline BST Hyde Park in London on Friday (July 12), supported by the likes of Baby Queen and Nina Nesbitt. She was set to play shows in Glasgow and Manchester earlier this month, too, but they were postponed due to a leg injury that required minor surgery – this news followed another cancellation in Pennsylvania last month.

However, the Hyde Park show is set to go ahead as planned, and you can find tickets here.

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