Facts About “Lindsey Buckingham” Most Fans Don’t Know
Lindsey Buckingham live in 2008 - TurnItUp / Youtube
Lindsey Buckingham is a rock icon known for his work with Fleetwood Mac as well as his solo career. His contributions to the world of rock music extend far beyond his work with Fleetwood Mac. With his unique fingerpicking style and groundbreaking musical influences, he has solidified his place as one of rock’s most enduring icons. Here are 10 things you might not know about him.
1. Lindsey Buckingham prefers traditional fingerpicking to regular guitar picking, like his musical idols the Kingston Trio. He uses a special Model 1 guitar designed for him by Rick Turner in 1979.
2. Lindsey and Stevie Nicks met at Menlo-Atherton High School and formed the folk band Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band. They eventually recorded an album as Buckingham Nicks before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1974.
3. Lindsey comes from a family of competitive swimmers. His older brother Greg won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games, and Lindsey credits swimming for giving him the lung capacity to hit high notes.
4. Buckingham Nicks’ sole album as a duo, Buckingham Nicks, released in 1973, is one of the most sought-after bootlegs in classic rock. A handful of tracks have surfaced on compilations, but the album has never been officially released on CD. Lindsey has discussed the possibility of a reissue and a possible tour with Stevie performing Buckingham Nicks material.
5. When Mick Fleetwood asked Lindsey to join Fleetwood Mac in 1974, Lindsey insisted that he and Stevie Nicks were a package deal.
6. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac’s double album released in 1979, is Lindsey’s nod to the influence of punk rock artists like the Sex Pistols and the Clash on his work. The album, which ran over budget, is one of the costliest in music history.
7. Lindsey co-produced and performed on John Stewart’s 1979 album Bombs Away Dream Babies. Stevie Nicks dueted with Stewart on the AM radio staples “Gold” and “Midnight Wind.”
8. One of Lindsey’s most beloved solo hits is “Holiday Road,” the theme song to National Lampoon’s Vacation. He also performed the song “Time Bomb Town” on the Back to the Future soundtrack.
9. Lindsey released his sixth solo album, Seeds We Sow, in 2011. The album features guest appearances from Kristen Buckingham, Walfredo Reyes Jr., and Neale Heywood.
10. In 2021, Lindsey released a self-titled album, his seventh solo effort. The album features 10 new tracks and a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again.”