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Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham goes solo at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 9

Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham goes solo at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 9
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From a press release:

After splitting with his longtime band Fleetwood Mac again earlier this year, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham will embark on a fall solo tour that ends at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $49.50, $59.50, and $69.50, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Saturday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. through Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 p.m.

Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists, songwriters, and musical expressionists of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist.

His forthcoming “Solo Anthology – The Best of Lindsey Buckingham” is a comprehensive record of this illustrious career. Out Oct. 5 on Rhino Records, Buckingham’s “Solo Anthology” will be released as a three-disc set on CD and digitally and will also be available as a single disc abridged release. A six-LP vinyl release is slated for Nov. 23.

“Solo Anthology” includes album, live, and alternate versions of some of Buckingham’s celebrated solo albums, including cuts from “Law and Order,” “Go Insane,” “Out of the Cradle,” “Under the Skin,” “Gift of Screws,” and “Seeds We Sow,” and incorporates songs from his 2017 collaborative album with keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie. The duo performed those songs live at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center last August.

The anthology also features Buckingham’s film work with “Holiday Road” and “Dancin Across the USA” from the 1983 motion picture soundtrack to “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Time Bomb Town” from 1985’s “Back to the Future.” Live versions of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” and “Go Your Own Way” round out the album, but the most thrilling tracks come in the form of two new songs that have never before been released: “Hunger” and “Ride This Road.”

“My goal has always been to continue to take risks, to continue to aspire to be an artist. Nowhere is this more strongly represented than in my solo endeavors,” Buckingham said.

“I’m one who likes to look forward, not back. But curating this compilation album – creativity spanning three decades – turned out to be surprisingly cathartic. For the first time, I was able to appreciate the cohesive thread running through the body of work, and I’m proud of how fresh and vital it all remains. I hope those listening to this album enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!”

This fall, Buckingham will head out on a North American Tour in support of his “Solo Anthology.” The tour kicks off at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon on Oct. 7, and highlights include the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and Town Hall in New York on Dec. 4. Every ticket purchased online for the tour includes a CD or digital copy of the single-disc version of the new “Anthology.” Fans will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem the album after ticket purchases.

Legendary British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 by Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood. After moderate success as a no-frills blues band in the late ’60s, the group underwent a turbulent period marked by lineup changes and lawsuits in the early ’70s. With the additions of Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks by 1975, the band entered their most successful period, riding to both critical and commercial acclaim with a string of No. 1 albums, including “Rumours” in 1977 and “Mirage” in 1982.

The group’s chemistry both in and out of the studio resulted in some of the era’s most enduring hits, and the continued popularity of songs like “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” and “Sara” have made them one of the top-selling acts of all time.

Buckingham was a member of the band from 1975-1987 and later rejoined from 1997-2018. Fleetwood Mac announced that he was fired on April 9, replacing him with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.