Before Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham came to Ruth Eckerd Hall last fall, Buckingham said Fleetwood Mac was mapping out a tour for 2018 and beyond. And he fully expected to be a part of it.
"Fleetwood Mac is absolutely a dysfunctional family, but it is a family," he said "There may be a time when people start wanting to pare down that part of their lives. That hasn't really happened yet. … I think Fleetwood Mac will have the life it has until people start dropping out."
Cut to two weeks ago, when news broke that Buckingham and the Mac had parted ways. Uh-oh.
The good news for Fleetwood Mac fans is that Buckingham's departure isn't keeping the band from getting back on the road.
Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie have announced a new tour as Fleetwood Mac, and it's coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 18. It'll be their first local stop with Buckingham's replacements on guitar: Crowded House's Neil Finn and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell.
Setlist-wise, what will this mean for Buckingham-led classics like Tusk, Go Your Own Way and Don't Stop? No idea. But it should be interesting to find out.
Tickets to the show are $69.50 and up, and they go on sale May 4. Click here for details.
— Jay Cridlin