Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has sued his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, accusing them of breach of contract for cutting him out of their North American tour and the millions of dollars he would have earned from it.
Buckingham, 69, one of the most influential members of the British-American band behind hits like Don’t Stop and Go Your Own Way, was dropped in January from the tour lineup.
He was replaced on the tour with Mike Campbell of Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
Buckingham said he lost up to $US20 million and the band refused to speak to him about the decision, in documents filed in Los Angeles superior court.
“Not a single member of the band called Buckingham to break the news to him,” the court documents say.
“In fact, not a single member of Fleetwood Mac has returned any of Buckingham’s phone calls to provide him with an explanation for his purported expulsion from Fleetwood Mac.”
A spokeswoman for Fleetwood Mac told the BBC: “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen.
“It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.
“Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
Buckingham joined the band in 1975 with his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks, before leaving in 1987.
He then rejoined in 1997 and remained with them until January, when he was cut from their latest tour.
In an email to bandmates in February, included in the court documents, Buckingham asked to be included.
“After 43 years and the finish line clearly in sight, it is hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing,” he wrote.
“If there is a way to work this through, I believe we must try. I love you no matter what.”
But according to Buckingham’s lawyers he was “cut off entirely”.