Lindsey Buckingham announces first concert since cardiac surgery

Lindsey Buckingham has announced his first concert since open heart surgery. The former Fleetwood Mac singer will be part of the Beale Street Music Festival taking place May 1-3 in Memphis, Tenn.

Buckingham underwent emergency surgery in early 2019 that inserted tubes down the singer’s throat to make it easier for him to breathe. Shortly thereafter, his wife Kristen released a statement stating that her husband’s vocal cords were damaged during the medical procedure. “While it’s unclear whether the damage is permanent, we hope it isn’t,” remarked Kristen at the time, before adding that all tours and shows would be “suspended” while Buckingham recovered.

The rocker recently made his first public appearance since surgery, playing guitar when his daughter Fleetwood Mac’s high school senior was playing landslide.

Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018. A bandmate, Christine McVie, later described them as “the only way we could go” to avoid the group’s complete separation. The split was controversial, and Buckingham sued his former band for “breach of duty of loyalty, breach of oral contract and willful impairment of anticipated economic benefit.” They would eventually settle out of court, and Buckingham later expressed the hope that he and the group might one day reconcile.

Since then, Fleetwood Mac toured on, with Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (of Crowded House) filling Buckingham’s shoes.

In the meantime, Buckingham was on his own tour while exploring the possibility of his first solo studio album since 2011. His last concert before the operation was a performance in Bethlehem, Penn. on December 9, 2018.

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