Fleetwood Mac co-founder John Mcvie has been diagnosed with cancer, prompting the band to scrap their Australian tour dates.
The reunited group announced the sad news on their website, revealing the bass player is taking time off for cancer treatment.
The statement reads, “Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand. 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.
“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. 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.”
A month ago at London’s O2 Arena, the band kicked off the European leg of their tour, being joined by their longtime keyboardist and singer Christine McVie for the first time since 1998. Christine McVie was married to John McVie from 1968 until 1977.
Fleetwood Mac released their first new music in 10 years, a four-song EP called Extended Play. “We’re doing the best business we’ve done in 20 years,” guitarist Lindsey Buckingham told Rolling Stone in May. “There seems to be a cyclical re-igniting of interests, and there’s certainly a lot more young people out there than three years ago.”
McVie is 67-years-old and has previously struggled with alcoholism, but has been reportedly sober since 1987. John was also a heavy smoker, but his type of cancer has not yet been revealed.
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