Well, now I'm doing something that I've always wanted to do. Now I don't have to put myself into some sort of mode that will sell. I was a part of something, something huge--a selling machine. It was great for the notoriety and the financial benefits. But then you kind of get into a thing where the rock business says 'If a thing works, then beat it into the ground.' The "Rumors" album sold 16 millions copies. Then came "Tusk," my favorite album, which was sort of my reaction to "Rumors." When it didn't sell 16 million copies, the reaction of the group was sort of 'We're not going to do that again.' There was an increasing amount of personal crises in the band--we saw Stevie two weeks out of the year. It wasn't a very creative situation.
What's a typical day in the life of Lindsey Buckingham like? Do you wake up and watch "Leave It To Beaver" or what?
No, I don't do that. It depends if I'm recording. When I am in the studio, I try and get there by nine in the morning and work day hours. I suppose it's my reaction to band hours when you start at 6 p.m. and work until the sun comes up. I always hated that. I still get up early, but right now, I'm running through some acting scenes with my girlfriend who's an actress.
What was the strangest gig you ever played?
That would have to be the Inaugural with Fleetwood Mac. We got back together for that. We had Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand open for us. That was pretty strange. We only did one song, "Don't Stop," so it was pretty easy. Bill and Al and their wives were all on stage.
One song? Did they feed you or what?
Yeah, we got a cheese plate.
The thing I found interesting on your rather substantial bio is the part about your dad being a coffee grower. Now wait a minute, I thought Juan Valdez grew the coffee in Colombia, not Daly City.
No, the bio was wrong. He doesn't wear the white shirt and carry around a machete. My dad's a coffee packer. It's shipped in and he packs it.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I had the luxury of an older brother, so he bought the records. I remember when he brought "Heartbreak Hotel." The first concert I saw was probably the Beatles' last show at Candlestick Park.
Any bands you'd go see?
Oh, sure lots of them. I go see Arrested Development, U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., you know. I also like a lot of the younger bands like Pearl Jam.