Why did Fleetwood Mac break up?

FLEETWOOD MAC is a band which has had a tumultuous time of it over the years - but why did they first break up?

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 09:01, Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Fleetwood Mac and break-ups is almost synonymous, given how many times the band has seen members depart and relationship breakdowns. The most recent was in 2018 when Lindsey Buckingham left the band again, though the circumstances around that have been reported very differently. However, the band’s first break-up was the hardest – but how did it happen?

Why did Fleetwood Mac break up?

One of the most difficult things, when it comes to Fleetwood Mac break-ups, is working out which one is the official first break-up.

John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, the bassist and drummer, have been around since the start and even gave the band its name.

However, there has been an almost revolving door of other members since, making it difficult to work out when the first break-up happened.

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Fleetwood Mac - why did they break up?Fleetwood Mac - why did they break up? (Image: Getty)

The original line-up of Fleetwood MacThe original line-up of Fleetwood Mac (Image: Getty)

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The original line-up included John and Mick, though John joined after bassist Bob Brunning played the first few gigs, along with Jeremy Spencer and Peter Green.

The first departure was Peter Green, the guitarist and lead singer who was also the main songwriter in the band, who wrote hits like Black Magic Woman.

After this, second guitarist Jeremy Spencer left to join the Children of God cult, to which he is still affiliated.

Various guitarists joined and left the band throughout the time before the best-known line-up emerged, with players like Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, Bob Weston and David Walker all doing fairly short stints with the band.

At this point, the band’s slide guitar, funk stylings started to move into something different, with the arrival of Christine McVie in 1970 and folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1974.

Fleetwood Mac during the Rumours yearsFleetwood Mac during the Rumours years (Image: Getty)

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