DIVORCE: Kristen Messner and Lindsey Buckingham, pictured here in 2018. Foto: Broadimage/REX/REX
The hard-pressed Lindsey Buckingham said he is coming out with his first solo album in ten years. A few hours later it became known that he would be solo privately as well.
On Tuesday afternoon Norwegian time, a press release was issued by the 71-year-old’s record company stating that Buckingham will release his first solo album since 2011 on September 17 – and that the single “I Don’t Mind” is now available.
– Like many of the songs on my new album, it is about the challenges you face in long-term relationships, Buckingham says in the press release.
– Over time, two people will inevitably feel the need to expand their original dynamics with flexibility, acceptance of each other’s mistakes and a willingness to work continuously on issues; that is the essence of a good long term relationship. This song celebrates that spirit and the rehearsal.
21 years of marriage
Four hours later it became clear that Buckingham’s celebration has a backdrop. Then reported TMZ that his wife, Kristen Messner (50), has filed for divorce, and filed papers about this in Los Angeles.
The couple has been married since 2000, after meeting in the late nineties. They have three children together; two of them are adults, the youngest is a daughter of 17.
At the time of writing, neither Buckingham nor Messner have commented on the breach.
Bestsellers: Fleetwood Mac in 1977. From left: John McVie, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Photo: WARNER MUSIC
This is not the first time Lindsey Buckingham’s music and relationship breakdown go hand in hand.
As a guitarist, vocalist and lead songwriter at Fleetwood Mac, he was involved in one of history’s biggest record successes: the album “Rumors”, which came out in 1977 and for a time was the best-selling record of all time.
The songs were marked by the break between him and the band’s biggest star, vocalist and songwriter Stevie Nicks.
At the same time, the marriage between bassist John McVie and vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie broke up – while drummer Mick Fleetwood’s marriage was also in disarray.
“Rumors” consequently became known as rock’s foremost “divorce record”.
Got fired and had a heart attack
The internal (ex-) conditions in the band created major problems, especially for Buckingham and Nicks.
The crew still kept pace until Buckingham said thank you in 1987, to the band with countless millions of records sold and monumental drug problems built up along the way.
In 1997, they managed to reunite. The group kept it going regularly, primarily in the form of lucrative tours – until 2018.
Then Stevie Nicks reportedly got enough of his ex, and got the other members to agree to fired him, shortly before a new tour was to take place.
They replaced Buckingham with Crowded House leader Neil Finn and Tom Petty’s guitarist Mike Campbell – to the shocking reaction of many who believed Buckingham had been Fleetwood Mac’s clear creative leader since the mid – 1970s.
FIRST VISIT TO NORWAY: Lindsey Buckingham on stage in Oslo Spektrum 2013, the only time Fleetwood Mac’s most famous crew has given a concert in Norway. Photo: Trond Solberg
In 2019, Buckingham went on a new bang: He had a heart attack, and had to undergo an operation where his chest was opened. In the process, his vocal cords were damaged.
It has been unclear to what extent this has reduced his ability to sing. On Tuesday, however, he also announced a 30-concert US tour this fall.
SHELF: In 1998, Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York. From left: Band founder Peter Green, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham. Photo: Adam Nadel/AP
The 71-year-old can also note on his CV that he is among the aging rock stars who have managed to “reach the youth” in recent times.
In the fall of 2020, a man from Idaho posted a video on TikTok where he stands on a skateboard and drinks juice while miming the Fleetwood Mac hit “Dreams” from 1977.
The video went viral, and made sure that “Dreams” went high on a number of charts internationally.
– My new, self-titled album is something I have intended to get out for a couple of years now, but on more than one occasion, unforeseen circumstances have forced a shift in plans, Buckingham writes on Twitter.
– But now that we are back in shape, I am delighted to finally share new music with my listeners!