John McVie Battles Cancer; Fleetwood Mac Cancels Tour
John McVie, one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac, will soon be undergoing cancer treatments, which coincide with the band’s tour dates in Australia and New Zealand.
A statement went up on Fleetwood Mac’s official Facebook page on Sunday to inform fans that the 14-date tour throughout the region would have to be canceled due to McVie’s cancer battle.
"Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancelation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand,” the statement read. “John McVie, one of the co-founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time."
The statement apologized for the inconvenience and asked their fans to wish the bandmate well as he continues his fight. "We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates," it said. "We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Fleetwood Mac released a new EP in April and had kicked off their 2013 World Tour. Since the band was founded in London in 1967, they’ve broken up and had a number of musicians come in and out of the group. Fleetwood Mac is currently comprised of McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
It has not been said whether or not Fleetwood Mac's final tour stop in Las Vegas on Dec. 30 will go on as planned.
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