Split Enz and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn shed light on his new gig as one of Fleetwood Mac's guitarist sand co-lead vocalists. Finn, who along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, has been tapped to replace Lindsey Buckingham, releases his first joint album with adult son Liam, titled Lightsleeper on August 24th.

Finn admitted that -- like all of us -- the offer from Mick Fleetwood to join the band took him by surprise, explaining to Variety, "It was a delightful thing to be asked to do, and enormously flattering, but it did spin me out for a few days. And it makes a different trajectory for our project, which we are pretty excited to finally put out there, because we put a lot of work into it. It’s been a couple of years in the making, as well as almost a lifespan of playing together, but we’d never decided that writing together what we wanted to try before now. . . Mick is playing drums on four or five songs (on Lightsleeper). I had met him a couple of times years ago, and then we met up at the New Zealand Music Awards, funnily enough, had dinner, and he said, 'If you want me to play on anything, just give me a call.' When people say that, it’s often just one of those things that never happens. But when we were going to do this recording, I said to Liam, 'What do you reckon -- Mick says he'd be up for playing, should we?' And he went, 'F*** yeah, of course!'"

He went on to say, "We actually had got to be good friends, and there was an immediate connection with the family during the course of recording. We felt very at home with him by the end of it, and Liam went and stayed with him in Hawaii just after (his) baby was born. When the call came from him, it was like a friend ringing up -- as you would when you’re young and starting bands in your '20s -- and say, 'Hey man, our drummer just left, would you come and have a play and see how it feels?' That invitation was a lovely one, and based on friendship. And I guess he probably had already figured out that something about the way I sang potentially could work with Stevie (Nicks) and Christine (McVie)."

When asked if he would be tackling any of his hits from either the Split Enz or Crowded House days during the upcoming Mac tour, Finn said: "They say they would like to, so I don’t know. There was no insistence on my part. I get to play my own songs a lot. And I will again. There’s nothing that’s ended through this. This is only just a new chapter, but. . ."

Finn was pressed as to whether any of Lindsey Buckingham fans are throwing shade his way, he said, "No, they’re not. They might be a bit sniffy or scornful of it, but I’m not getting the blame or anything. Which is kind of fair, because it wasn’t my idea. I really like him, too! Hey, he’s amazing."

As for the future of Fleetwood Mac, Finn said, "Everyone’s so up for it. They’re all really eager to be a band that has fun and can redefine itself and move forward, and it’s not a mercenary mentality going on with that band. It’s 'what else could we create? This is Fleetwood Mac; we can do anything.' And there was a great moment when we rehearsed the other day where Mick went for a really big fill at some point -- which, in the end, he didn’t quite pull off -- and he said, 'Ah, man, I was going for a teenage fill.' And I thought, how great is that? This guy’s been doing it for 50 years or something, and he’s going for teenage fills, still."

When we last caught up with him, Mick Fleetwood told us that on the road, Fleetwood Mac always tries to serve up the perfect concert experience for the fans: "We have a nice problem -- there are so many songs, you go, like, 'Well, we could be playing for, like, four hours' -- which we're not. We're probably gonna do a little over two-and-a-half hours, two to two-and-a-half hours, and we're trying to get the right blend of songs, and the right rhythm to the show, that will be the, the most fun."

AUDIO: MICK FLEETWOOD SAYS FLEETWOOD MAC WORKS HARD TO MAKE THEIR SHOWS AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE