Fleetwood Mac breaks the chain, boots out Lindsey Buckingham

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Honorees Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac seen onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fleetwood Mac has told Lindsey Buckingham to go his own way.

The band said in a statement Monday that Buckingham is out for its upcoming tour.

The 68-year-old Buckingham, who joined the band with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks in 1974, has been its guitarist, frequent frontman and sometime songwriter for most of the years since. He wrote and sang hits including “Go Your Own Way” and “Tusk.”

A long statement about the tour mentions Buckingham only briefly, saying he won’t be performing with the group, but they wish him the best.

Buckingham left the band once before, from 1987 to 1996.

He’ll be jointly replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. They’ll join longtime members Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

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