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Fleetwood Mac fires Lindsey Buckingham

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The band that famously sang, "You can never break the chain" has just broken the chain—again.

Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham in the wake of a dispute over their upcoming tour. After telling the notoriously difficult Buckingham he can go his own way, the band recruited his replacements for the future road show: guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Crowded House's Neil Finn.

The "Rumours" mongers report they are "thrilled" with the new hires. "With Mike and Neil, we'll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we'll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs," the band said in a statement. "Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour."

Buckingham, 68, first left the band in 1987, only to come back for the 1996 reunion. Likewise, ex-wife Stevie Nicks, 69, walked away in 1991 but rejoined five years later for the reunion. Christine McVie, now 74, retired from the road in 1998 but agreed to return full-time in 2014. Her ex, bassist John McVie, 72, and drummer Mick Fleetwood, 70, have remained committed to the band over the decades even as they pursued solo projects.

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