He could take his own advice and go his own way, now that he has separated from his popular band. Better yet, he could just join up with a group in need of another lead singer and guitar player.
Lindsey Buckingham wrote many of the hits for Fleetwood Mac, including “Don’t Stop” and “Go Your Own Way.” Nevertheless, he and the group have parted ways, so he has been replaced for the upcoming tour.
How great would it be for fans if Buckingham joined the Eagles, who like Fleetwood Mac are embarking on a 26 days tour this spring. He could help fill the void left by the 2016 death of guitarist/ singer Glenn Frey, whose vocal range in hits like “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Already Gone” is not dissimilar to that used by Buckingham on the Fleetwood Mac hits.
Buckingham already has several connections to the Eagles, well beyond the fact that Fleetwood Mac and the latter quintet shared dominance on the pop charts from the mid to late Seventies. Both musical outfits have also suffered internal conflicts and several lineup changes over the ensuing years, as well as making successful comeback albums.
Many of the ties involve fellow Californian Warren Zevon who, like both Buckingham and the members of the Eagles, was part of The West Coast folk rock scene that blossomed in the years after the Summer of ’67 music festival in Height-Asbury outside of San Francisco.
J.. D. Souther, who helped write several hit songs for the Eagles, appeared on Zevon’s breakthrough album Excitable Boy. Also singing background vocals on the title track of that record was Linda Rondstadt, who had given the Hotel California guys their start by enlisting them as her backing band years earlier.
Another artist who frequently collaborated on songs with them is Jackson Browne, who helped pen the huge hit “Take It Easy.” Browne was the producer of Excitable Boy, and he also wrote “Tenderness in the Block” with Zevon.
Buckingham’s band mates in Fleetwood Mac, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood also had roles on Zevon’s gold record. McVie played the bass and Fleetwood the drums on the single “Werewolves of London.”
It was on the preceding album, Zevon’s self-titled debut, where Buckingham had worked directly with the two key members of the Eagles. Both Buckingham and Glenn Frey played guitar on several tracks, while drummer-vocalist Don Henley contributed backing harmony on those same songs.
It is easy to imagine Buckingham successfully covering Grey’s vocal delivery on “Heartache Tonight” or the more sensitive “New Kid In Town.” It I quite delightful to think of Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh add another lead to some well-known Buckingham tunes, which would make the band’s tour even more highly anticipated.