Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham Thinks Van Halen’s Records Suck

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No one’s going to argue with a man that has a pedigree quite like Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.

Outside of the fact that the man can play guitar pretty well, having one of the best-selling albums of all time in Rumours is definitely going to earn you some points with the heavyweights of pop music.

When you’re that high on that stoop though, you start to pass judgment on some of the other stars at the top as well, apparently.

When speaking to Guitar World magazine, Lindsey had made mention that he was all about serving the song and giving the right guitar part for every single track, and decided to make a few dunks on Van Halen in the process.

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As he was mentioning different players like country legend Chet Atkins, Lindsey pointed out that I’ve always believed that you play to highlight the song, not to highlight the player.

The song is all that matters. There are two ways you can choose to go. You can try to be someone like Eddie Van Halen, who is a great guitarist, a virtuoso. Yet he doesn’t make good records because what he plays is totally lost in the context of this band’s music.”

While we’d be in for a much different conversation if he criticized Eddie’s technique, it’s not like Van Halen’s records are all about fluff either.

Amid both the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras, Eddie was always looking to write the perfect guitar part for the song, always trying new things and turning them into some of the best guitar songs of the ‘80s. 

And if we’re talking about someone who was all about serving the song, are we just to ignore something like “Never Going Back Again,” a song that only has a few lyrics and is more or less just a showcase for fingerpicking guitar skills?

Personally, we think Lindsey and Fleetwood Mac are pretty genius, but we gotta defend our boys in VH here.

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