John McVie, co-founding member and bassist for Fleetwood Mac, has been diagnosed with cancer, prompting the band to cancel the Australia/New Zealand leg of their international tour.
According to a statement made Sunday on Fleetwood Mac’s Facebook page, the band is calling off the previously scheduled 14 concert dates “down under” so McVie can undergo treatment.
“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates,” the band said in the statement. “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.”
McVie has been with Fleetwood Mac since the band’s inception in 1967, and was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Earlier this year, the band released a four-song EP representing their first original tunes released in ten years. They have spent a good portion of the summer and fall on a highly successful reunion tour, and John’s ex-wife and former Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie even reunited briefly with the band, performing at London’s O2 Arena during the European leg of their tour.
No details regarding the type of cancer or its stage have yet been released.
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