Gazette: The much-publicized confrontation you had with the other members of Fleetwood Mac in 1987 wasn’t anything you weren’t able to patch up later. But what were your feelings about the situation at that time?
Buckingham: I didn’t think of it as a confrontation. I thought of it as a non-confrontation, in a way. We had done Tango In the Night, which was the last album that I’d produced in that 12-year run. We’d done almost all of that up at my house. Mick was living in a Winnebago trailer in the front yard. You have to look at what was happening with the band at that time, which was that everybody’s level of craziness was at the max at that point.
It was very, very difficult to get that album completed. Stevie was off in a million different directions and out of a year working on that, we probably saw her for a couple of weeks. It was cut-and-paste. It was very, very difficult, not only in terms of availability but in terms of people’s clarity, the way that they were conducting themselves.
And so, usually, what happens is if things are crazy in a studio, it’s usually times five on the road. And I kind of hit the wall. I said, “You know, I’ve got to think about myself here and reclaim not only my sanity, but my sense of an identity, my life in general. And also to try to guard my creativity because this thing is going to hit the wall and burst into a million pieces if things don’t change.” And that was the only thing I could do. I couldn’t change anybody. I could only change myself. And so it was a survival move, pure and simple. I never regretted it for a minute.
I think time bore out that decision. A couple of years later, Stevie said, “I should have left when you did.” They got a couple of guys to play guitar, who were somewhat generic. And it was sort of a downhill spiral from there. Not only did I feel vindicated on that level – which you could say is a little petty, but I didn’t care. I wasn’t even paying attention to what they were doing. I was only concerned with making sure that I wasn’t one of those people who would hit the wall.
Gazette: OK. So the last thing I want to ask ... I have to strike a blow for the collectors here because so many ...
Buckingham: (Laughs) It’s the Buckingham Nicks collection, isn’t it?
Gazette: You got it. Everybody’s always asking. Are there any plans to issue this thing on CD?
Buckingham: You know, my answer is always yes. And I believe that that’s a truthful answer. It’s the best answer I can give, but it’s also a situation which is symptomatic of one of the things that can be wrong with Fleetwood Mac, or certainly with Stevie’s and my situation. We can’t always get things on the same page or get organized. There’s a certain inertia to that and there’s kind of a sense of well, when is it going to make sense to do it? Or is it ever going to make sense to do it? So I don’t know. I have to say yes, but I don’t know. Call up Stevie’s people and ask 'em. (Laughs).