Fleetwood Mac Fires Lindsey Buckingham

There's been a lot of excitement around Fleetwood Mac's upcoming world tour (it might be their last) which has received an unexpected boost from a viral video featuring the song, "Dreams."

But now some potentially crushing news:  Rolling Stone has confirmed that Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham.  Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him.

No dates have been announced for the tour.

But this begs the question:  how many original members of a band need to be part of the band before you will see them live?

I assume this depends on the price of the tickets.  I think music fans will not be as finicky about orginal members if the band is appearing on the free stage at the Iowa State Fair or at a venue for a discounted price.

OR if there is one performer who you consider to be the face of the band -  maybe you'll still see him or her live.

But I also assume that Fleetwood Mac will charge a fairly high price for tickets.  So is it still the band without Lindsey?  Is hearing and seeing Stevie Nicks enough?

Listeners know I am a huge KISS fan.  I'll see the band as long as founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons tour.  I won't see them if only one tours.

I didn't go see the recent Eagles concert in Des Moines.  It got rave reviews, but the late Glenn Frey founded the band with Don Henley.  Even with three long-time members, they just weren't the Eagles to me.

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