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Atlanta Journal and Constitution Interview

Lindsey Buckingham -- the guitar-master rebel of one of rock's most popular bands of the past 30 years -- goes his own way once again with a fourth solo album, the largely acoustic "Under the Skin," released this week.

It's his first non-Fleetwood Mac album since 1992, but he's been busy during those 14 years -- largely touring and recording with the Mac machinery but also raising three young children, now 8, 6 and 2.

For the tour that brings him to Atlanta, Buckingham has a small ensemble with a second guitarist, a percussionist and a keyboard player -- and he's playing smaller venues than Fleetwood Mac's typical arenas.

"It was a little bit of a challenge to figure out a way to have the show resonate with this particular album," says the man behind '70s and '80s radio staples like "Go Your Own Way," "Tusk" and "Big Love."

"I think it would have been a mistake to just go out and play a kind of generic show that represents a body of work when this album is a departure."
Audiences can expect to hear something from all of his solo albums and what he describes as "a smattering of Fleetwood Mac."

Some of the fans most enthusiastic about Buckingham's return to solo work probably weren't even born when Fleetwood Mac's landmark "Rumours" was released in 1977. The indie rock-centric Web site posted an announcement in August about "Under the Skin," then wrote, "We now return to your regularly scheduled indie rock."

At last count, there were more than 40 comments on that post, many with sentiments like these: "No doubt the man has massive skills" and "Can't wait. That's awesome."

What keeps the indie crowd interested? Buckingham can only speculate.

"I guess, on some level, there's a kind of a mystique. ... There is a way of looking at Fleetwood Mac as a big selling machine -- which it was and still is -- and myself as sort of the rogue element ... able to maintain a perspective of what I think is really important, which isn't necessarily the money. People forget why they really got into this after they've been doing it for a while. I think that must resonate with the kids."

So it's the rebel aspect?

"Yeah, sure," he says, "and hopefully the music itself has something to do with it."       

Date: 2006-10-06         Number of views: 1197

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