Fleetwood Mac, sans Buckingham but with Campbell and Finn, will play Erwin Center in early 2019
The big news out of the Fleetwood Mac camp in recent weeks was the departure of longtime creative sparkplug Lindsey Buckingham, followed swiftly by the additions of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn. That lineup — with Campbell and Finn joining co-founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie plus singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie — has now been booked to play the Erwin Center on February 9, 2019.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, via the venue’s ticket-selling website, texasboxoffice.com. Ticket prices have not yet been announced.
The departure of Buckingham — first indicated as being his decision, followed by reports that the other Mac members fired him — came as somewhat of a surprise, but he’s left the band before, for about a decade bridging the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. His Erwin Center appearance with the band on Oct. 31, 1982, turned out to be his last live performance with the group for almost 15 years.
Buckingham was part of a Los Angeles concert when the band was making its 1997 album “The Dance,” but keyboardist Christine McVie took her own 15-year hiatus shortly thereafter. That core lineup, which recorded the 1977 blockbuster album “Rumours” and most of the band’s biggest singles through the ’70s and ’80s, last played the Erwin Center in March 2015.
Last year, Buckingham and Christine McVie made a self-titled duo album and toured together, performing at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall in November. Guitarist Campbell’s last appearance in Austin was an Erwin Center concert on May 2 with Tom Petty, who died five months later. Finn’s last Austin show with Crowded House was in 2010 at Stubb’s, after a 2007 taping of “Austin City Limits” and ACL Fest performance.
Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood was at South by Southwest 2017 for an interview panel, but he wasn’t a part of any SXSW shows. He did reveal that he’d been in attendance a few days earlier when Stevie Nicks performed a show under her own name at the Erwin Center.