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Arizona Republic (04/09/1993), Solo Sojourn "Out of the Cradle" Keeps Lindsey Buckingham Rocking

Arizona Republic, April 9, 1993

by Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant

At 45, Lindsey Buckingham is touring solo for the first time in his career.

It is also his first tour in a decade, dating back to when he was the chief creative force in the most successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac.

The brief tour following last year's solo release, "Out of the Cradle," is in smaller venues, the size of which he has not played in since he was performing with his then-wife Stevie Nicks, before the struggling duo got the ear of Mick Fleetwood.

"In a way, it's really refreshing for me," Buckingham says. "Obviously I'm not going to go out and play arenas. Then again, I got my fill of arenas."

He performs to a sold-out Roxy tonight.

Buckingham says he prefers the kind of setting where he can "lean over and sweat on people."

"I'm having more fun now than I've ever had," he says, calling the decade off the road "less of a good time."

"And those years with Fleetwood Mac were probably the worst years for me -- then getting to the point where I left, and going into a sort of monklike state for three years, working on this record."

Quitting to go solo

Buckingham cited his solo project, which turned out to be his recent album, as a reason for quitting Fleetwood Mac in 1987 after 12 years with the band that brought phenomenal success. The "Fleetwood Mac" album in 1975 sold 4 million copies, topped by the astounding "Rumours" in 1977, which sold 20 million and stands as the top-selling record by a rock band.

Two of the early tracks for his solo work he relinquished for "Tango in the Night," his final album with Fleetwood Mac.

Buckingham made two other solo albums while with Mac, his last coming nine years ago. But he could never find the time to tour.

"A lot of it was a time-frame kind of thing," says the admitted studio freak. "As far as solo records went, there always seemed to be enough time to squeeze in an album in between Fleetwood Mac duties. Then there would always seem to be something else looming."

Softer, more personal

One difference in his first solo album apart from the band is that it reflects more of his softer, more personal side.

"During the Mac days, I was called upon to fill in the male emotions that the girls weren't covering, you know: (angry) or whatever -- the more aggressive side of things. Maybe I was writing for that more, or maybe that's just the way I felt."

The tone of the new album swings from "being melancholy or reflective and being strong and optimistic, sort of looking in both directions -- both back and forward."

He's looking backward and forward on tour as well, playing five Fleetwood Mac songs and assorted tunes from his two earlier solo albums as well as most of "Out of the Cradle."

Inauguration reunion

Buckingham's biggest profile recently has come, ironically, not from his solo work, but for reuniting with Fleetwood Mac in Washington on inauguration eve.

"I did it because it was an easy thing to do, first of all. It didn't require any preparation per se," he says. "If they had asked to do a whole set, I wouldn't have been able to do it."

But there was another, more personal reason to do it.

"As far as the band went, if there were any loose ends when I did leave, to be involved for a short time for such a specific thing lent some sort of positive sense of closure to the band," he says.

Things were a bit rough when Buckingham chose to leave just before a 10-week Mac tour in 1987. But Buckingham maintains "the worst bad blood there has been was for a period of time right after Mick's book."

He dismisses the 1990 tell-all "Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac" as "a cheap-shot book that not only had a lot of inaccuracies but untruths. I think there wasn't just bad blood with me; I think everybody in the band was quite upset with Mick for doing something that didn't dignify the name, and really, there was no reason to have done that other than money."

He blames the book on Fleetwood's bad state of mind and an opportunistic ghost writer. But "Mick's a different person now. He's made a few adjustments in his life. And when I saw him when we were compiling the boxed set (released late last year), he actually apologized for the book, which was something Mick would not normally do."

Thanks to Les for posting this to the Ledge and to Anusha for formatting and sending it to us.

Date: 1993-04-09         Number of views: 1539

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