Asked how his relationship with his former bandmates is these days, he beams, replying cheerfully, "It's good."
So good there is talk of another reunion toward the end of next year, after he's finished his "Under the Skin" tour and knocked out another album, a hard rocker. He's been carrying the tunes for it around in his head for some time now.
"Obviously it would take a few more tours to regain the sense of trust and unity" that the band once had, Buckingham says, adding he and Nicks, who have known each other since junior high school, still have differences.
"She has a lot of issues with my style, not musically but just as a person," he says. "I get things done but it's not always in the most diplomatic way."