Neil Finn has joined Fleetwood Mac

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Yep. Seriously.

Neil Finn is always looking for new projects. Today he’s announced one of his most surprising yet. 

In 2018, Neil Finn will join soft rock legends Fleetwood Mac for a series of dates to be confirmed soon.

 

Also joining the band for the first time will be long-serving Tom Petty collaborator, guitarist Mike Campbell.

This bizarre turn of events comes after Lindsey Buckingham was reportedly fired from the group earlier this year, though the band are yet to make any comment about what transpired to result in his termination.

Both Finn, a former Double J Artist in Residence, and Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks have made statements this morning about the new arrangement.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” the band said in a group statement, according to Variety.

 

“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Finn’s statement suggests that this has opportunity not been in the offing for long.

“Two weeks ago I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band. A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac.

“It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”

There is no further information as to when and where this new-look Fleetwood Mac will perform, but dates should be announced shortly.

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Neil Finn has recently played a string of shows with his son Liam, pre-empting the release of a collaborative album that fans know has been in the works for some time.

He’s also been playing orchestra-backed performances of his latest album Out Of Silence, which Australian audiences can see as a part of Vivid LIVE this May. 

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