The Pioneer Press, March 16, 1993



by Melissa Heng, Staff Writer

Lindsey Buckingham is back. After calling it quits with Fleetwood Mac five years ago, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has a new album, "Out of the Cradle," and is about to hit the road solo for the first time.

"It's been fantastic," says Buckingham, who'll perform Wednesday at the World Theater. "I thought it would be nerve-racking, but it isn't."

Buckingham will offer songs from his solo albums, as well as the Fleetwood Mac catalog. "I was afraid I would be up there trying to do somthing that is more current and, in many ways, more important to me, and people would be shouting out, 'Go Your Own Way!' But that doesn't seem to be the case."

Buckingham is candid about his tenure with his former band.

"I'm not very interested in doing any of it anymore," he says. "But to think that people would never make that association is pretty unrealistic. You've got to address the fact that the past does exist. The challenge is to give people something else to think of."

Buckingham's decision to leave the band was scandalous. He says things started falling apart after the release of "Tusk," the band's follow-up to the hugely successful "Rumors."

"I didn't want to make something like a 'Rumors II,' because once you do that, you've lost a sense of spontaneity about your work which you might never get back," he says. "At that point, I said to Mick (Fleetwood), 'Look, there are all these other things here which I find very interesting. I would like to go home and work on some tunes by myself and bring them in and work on them with everybody else and also work on everybody else's stuff.'

"And when I started bringing the stuff in, they were thrilled with what they were hearing, because it was something different. It was only after it didn't sell another 16 million albums that there was a backlash from within the group."

It was around that time that Buckingham started work on his third solo album, a project that got shelved when the need to put out another Fleetwood Mac album came along.

"The band said, 'Well, if you want to continue working on your solo album, we'll just bring in cameo producers, and you can just come in and play guitar.' And I thought, 'That sounds terrible! That's not what Fleetwood Mac has ever been about.' Whatever problems we may have had, that was the worst that I had heard yet. So I moved some songs like `Big Love' over to being a Fleetwood Mac song."

Disharmony within the group worsened during the making of "Tango in the Night," culminating in Buckingham's refusal to tour after the album and his subsequent departure.

Buckingham's solo tour coincides with a resurgence in Fleetwood Mac during Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. The band's 1977 hit "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)" was the unofficial Democratic campaign theme song, and the group reunited for an inaugural performance.

"People now ask how it feels having Clinton use 'Don't Stop.' I'm a fairly apolitical person, so when I became aware that he was using that, my reaction was more curious that it got used in such a context, such an unexpected concept."

Buckingham says it's the same with "Tusk." "It broadened out from USC (University of Southern California) to the point where you can watch a network football game, and you have some chance of some network doing that. It's just odd how these things work."

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