I’ve been thinking more about this (while listening to Fleetwood Mac).
I can completely understand why Neil wants to do this and is genuinely enthused with the concept. Neil loves music and he loves collaboration. I think he also enjoys being part of something that he doesn’t have to lead or control. He seemed to be in his element when Bic Runga toured Birds and he was on piano. He doesn’t actually get that sort of opportunity often. If jamming with the band in Maui felt musically right, I can completely see him wanting to explore it further. If it didn’t feel right, he would have walked away immediately.
The more I think about it, I doubt he will be asked to do many if any Lindsey Buckingham songs or that he will try to be a Lindsey replica. That’s not Neil’s style and I don’t think it’s what the band will be asking for.
Fleetwood Mac have a massive back catalogue. I think it would be wrong to play Buckingham songs if they have made the choice to fire him. Lindsey was a massive part of the band though and not just with regard to his songs but what he contributed to Christine and Stevie’s songs. I am a big fan of his songs and love his guitar playing but I’m not so much of a fan of his vocal contributions to the others’ songs (particularly live).
I think Neil could actually be a better vocal match to Christine McVie’s songs (think Everywhere, Don’t Stop, Tell Me Lies, Hold Me etc...). Lindsey is that good that you do need two people to replace his guitar and vocal contributions on songs to do them justice. I do hope that it will be to replace and not replicate because replication is not in anybody’s best interest.
Neil would also be great on The Chain and supporting Stevie on some of her songs..
The only Buckingham songs that I think may be included in the set list for Neil to sing are Go Your Own Way and Task. I’m still not sure if that would be right or not. I have no doubt Neil would do a great job but it would feel very strange. I definitely can’t imagine Big Love, Second Hand News, I Know I’m Not Wrong or I’m So Afraid etc... being in the set list. They simply shouldn’t be done without Lindsey.
Looking at a typical Fleetwood Mac setlist, there would usually be about 7 Buckingham songs. As mentioned, I could see them potentially keeping one or two because people will be expecting to hear them but replacing the others with an extra couple of Christine and Stevie songs and then freeing up some space for the Peter Green era for Neil to do vocals on.
It also wouldn’t surprise me if during rehearsals that they came up with a new song or two... Who knows where this might lead...
It does still all seem very surreal though...