Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham settles lawsuit with former Fleetwood Mac bandmates

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In his appearance on CBS this week, he said did not want to "twist the knife" after the settlement was reached and that he had tried to approach the situation with "compassion".

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates have settled a lawsuit he filed after he was axed from a tour, the musician said in a television interview that aired on Saturday.

The settlement was reached a couple weeks ago, Buckingham, 69, told CBS News.

He points to Stevie Nicks in an interview with Anthony Mason on "CBS This Morning: Saturday".

"I'm happy enough with it."

Lindsey Buckingham's departure from Fleetwood Mac could be tied to an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks. "I did walk around for a few months with a very visceral reaction to that".

In October, Buckingham released his Solo Anthology and has just wrapped up a tour across North America.

Neil Finn and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn performing with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Buckingham said: "It appeared to me that she was looking for something to hang on me in order to instigate some kind of a coup".

Things came to a head in late January when Buckingham was informed of his firing by manager Irving Azoff over alleged issues brought forward by Stevie Nicks following a music industry charity event where the group was being honored, with claims the guitarist had smirked behind her when she gave her acceptance speech - even though video from the evening clearly shows multiple members joking around at the time.

Buckingham said the only member of the band he had heard from since the split was singer and keyboard player Christine McVie, with whom he made an album in 2017.

The one band member that reached out was Christine McVie, with whom he recorded an album and toured with just previous year.

Buckingham said: "She wrote me an email and basically said, 'Dearest Lindsey, just know that I had nothing to do with any of this. Know that I miss you so much", wrote McVie. He will tour attached to his new album in 2019. "This could just be Christine expressing wishful thinking or expressing something she thinks will make me feel better", he said.

'I'm pretty much figuring that I won't because a lot of people who know how convoluted Fleetwood Mac's politics have been will say two years from now they're gonna ... and I'm like, "I'm not so sure". Yeah. So I am having a great time, ' he said.

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