The Arizona Republic, June 25, 1992


by Cary Darling, The Orange County Times

It was all there in black and white.

In "Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac," Mick Fleetwood's 1990 autobiography, the drummer regaled a gossip-hungry pop audience with enough dirt to fill a dump truck.

Much of that dirt was clinging to guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham, whose relationship with singer Stevie Nicks had fans' tongues wagging throughout Fleetwood Mac's career.

"There was some bit in the book that said when I told them I was leaving the band, that I slapped Stevie," Buckingham recalls. "When I saw Stevie after that, she apologized to me and said, 'God, I can't believe he said that.' There were a lot of inaccuracies in the book. I think it was a money thing to some degree."

If Buckingham, 44, holds any grudges against his former bandmates, he's not letting it show. He plans to get together with Nicks, Fleetwood, singer Christine McVie and bassist John McVie to work on a 25-year Fleetwood Mac retrospective with a couple of new tracks due out for the Christmas season.

His priority now, though, is "Out of the Cradle," his heavily anticipated third solo album, his first in eight years.

Recorded slowly over the past three years with Buckingham handling all the instruments, "Out of the Cradle" features Buckingham's hard-edged rock side as well as his penchant for all things pop.

He's so happy with the album that he's actually planning to tour this year. This is news to longtime Buckingham observers since he was the one who bailed out on Fleetwood Mac in 1987 because of a refusal to tour.

Buckingham says that, even though no slapping was involved, the rest of Fleetwood Mac was not happy when he informed them of his plans five years ago.

"But they got over it," Buckingham says. "There was never any question in my mind that they would go on."

While writing and recording "Out of the Cradle," Buckingham felt freed from the constraints that bound his first two solo albums, "Law and Order" (1981) and "Go Insane" (1984). With those records, he was writing material for Fleetwood Mac simultaneously.

If the previous albums were edgily experimental at points -- in contrast to the mainstream pop-rock of the songs for Fleetwood Mac -- "Out of the Cradle" features both sides of Buckingham's split musical personality.

Songs such as "Wrong" and "This Is the Time" are full-force album radio rockers. As counterpoint, Buckingham provides the gossamer pop of "You Do or You Don't," "Soul Drifter" and "Surrender the Rain."

"What I wanted to do was touch upon as many things as have touched me during my musical education," he says. "I thought the most truthful way to approach this record, now that there was no mainstream (band) and sidebar (project), was to put it all in one big ball of wax."

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