At 54, he seems far more relaxed than the intense figure of old. “I’m now married and a father for the first time, with two children under five,” he says. “I think all that calms you down in increments. I’m just happier. I spent quite a few years in emotional exile and that included all my time in Fleetwood Mac.”
In particular, there was never a time when his relationship with Nicks wasn’t characterised by “dysfunction” and “denial”, he says. “Most couples in that position don’t carry on seeing each other all the time.
“Being in a band is like still living with someone. We weren’t able to resolve things because I don’t think we were focused enough even to know what needed to be resolved. We had to put some time and distance between us.”
Buckingham, who produced the album, appears the most changed of the old protagonists. “It was very difficult for me for years to have to work with Stevie when I didn’t want to be around her,” he admits.
“But this time when we started again I found I really liked the chemistry of the band without the baggage we carried around for so long. We can acknowledge what happened. But we are different people.”
Even without the volatile chemistry, Say You Will still manages to roll back the years and sounds exactly like classic Fleetwood Mac. “From my point of view it’s the best work we’ve ever done in terms of the execution and sophistication,” Buckingham says. “Which I guess is appropriate for a bunch of people who are all in their fifties now.”
Nicks seems genuinely pleased that her old lover at last appears to have found satisfaction. “This is very much Lindsey’s record and hopefully it will give him back a sense of purpose and delight,” she says.