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The members of Fleetwood Mac won’t quite say they’ve fired Lindsey Buckingham, but they get awfully close.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Fleetwood complains that “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall.” Fleetwood says the decision “was not a happy situation…[but] we made a decision that we could not go on with him.”

Fleetwood admits that over his 50-plus years with the band, “my instincts, for better or worse, have always been to gravitate toward going forward,” and after he gave the matter “a lot of thought,” he called the HeartbreakersMike Campbell, and later Neil Finn of Crowded House. They got together and spent “a few days” jamming, which sealed the deal.

“I immediately felt like I’d known them for years, even though we’d only just met,” said John McVie.

Though Fleetwood Mac hasn’t started serious rehearsals for the tour, Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone that their process will be to “put up a board of 60 songs. Then we start with number one and we go through and we play everything. Slowly you start taking songs off and you start to see your set come together.”

Now that Buckingham’s sidelined, fans can expect the set list to include some pre-1975 tunes, in addition to the tried-and-true hits.

“We were never able to do [old stuff] because certain people in the band weren’t interested in doing that,” Nicks said. “Now we’re able to open the set with a lot; a raucous version of ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ or something. I’d also like to do ‘Station Man,’ which has always been one of my favorites.”

Tickets for Fleetwood Mac’s tour go on sale to the general public May 4 at 10 a.m. local time, though American Express Card members can buy tickets starting Monday April 30 at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

10/3 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/6 — Chicago, IL, United Center
10/10 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center (on sale May 11)
10/12 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/14 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/16 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/18 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/20 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/22 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/26 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/28 — Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/30 — Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/1 — Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
11/3 — Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
11/5 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/7 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/10 — Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
11/12 — Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 — Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
11/17 — Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
11/19 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
11/21 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/23 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/25 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/28 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 — Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
12/3 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/6 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/8 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
12/11 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
12/13 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum

2/5 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/7 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/9 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 — Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC
2/16 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/18 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/20 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 — Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/24 — Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/27 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/3 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/5 — Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
3/9 — Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
3/11 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (on sale May 5)
3/13 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center (on sale May 5)
3/15 — Hartford, CT, XL CENTER
3/20 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
3/24 — Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/26 — Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
3/31 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
4/5 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

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