Musicians Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are known for their work in the band Fleetwood Mac and for their tumultuous off-stage relationship. While Fleetwood Mac had breakups between the members, Nicks and Buckingham occasionally stared at each other onstage as onlookers picked up. According to Music Spotlight Magazine, Buckingham allegedly attacked Nicks on stage during a concert in 1981.
(LR) Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac | C Flanigan/FilmMagic
Lindsey Buckingham allegedly attacked Stevie Nicks at Fleetwood Mac concert
Fleetwood Mac’s most notable lineup includes Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Nicks and Buckingham.
In 1979, the band embarked on The Tusk Tour. In March 1980, Fleetwood Mac performed The Tusk Tour in Australia and New Zealand.
During a show in New Zealand, Buckingham’s “behaviour” reportedly “hit a new low”.
“On March 20, his demeanor hit a new low during a show at Athletic Park in Wellington, New Zealand. During another performance of ‘Rhiannon’, he pulled his jacket over his head and twirled around Stevie, mimicking his dance moves,” says Music Spotlight Magazine.
According to Music Spotlight Magazine, “When she ignored him, he kicked her with his steel-toed cowboy boots, then picked up a guitar and ‘Frisbee’ did it to me”, remembers Steve. “He missed…I dodged. But he could have killed me. Buckingham continued to kick her as the crowd of 60,000 fans watched in amazement.
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What allegedly happened behind the scenes with Fleetwood Mac after this incident
While Buckingham’s behavior may have surprised onlookers in New Zealand, Christine McVie seemingly put a stop to it when she confronted the guitarist backstage.
“Backstage, Christine McVie slapped him and threw her drink in his face. ‘Never do that to the band again!’ She screamed. The tour continued without further incident, but backstage, Fleetwood Mac considered replacing him with their old friend Eric Clapton,” reports Music Spotlight Magazine.
The magazine reveals that Buckingham addressed the incident in 2003.
“If I kicked him on stage it was something that went through the veneer. There was a lot of darkness,” Buckingham told Mojo according to Music Spotlight Magazine.
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Why Lindsey Buckingham acted this way towards Stevie Nicks
While there is no excuse for Buckingham’s alleged behavior, there is a possible explanation.
According to Music Spotlight Magazine, “Lindsey Buckingham was diagnosed with mild epilepsy and was given Dilantin to control her seizures. He was apparently unaware that the drug combined with alcohol and recreational drugs could cause fits of rage.
When the tour reached Australia and New Zealand, the magazine reported that “Stevie became the target of his ire”.
Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018 and hasn’t been invited back to the band since.
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