A statement from Fleetwood Mac's publicist was posted to their Facebook page confirming the cancellation of their Australia and New Zealand tour dates. The 14 cancelled shows are due to 67-year-old bassist John McVie being diagnosed with cancer as International Business Times reported on Monday, October 28, 2013.
John McVie, who is also one of the founding members of the group, will be undergoing treatment during the time these shows were scheduled for. The statement did not reveal what type of cancer McVie is battling, but asked fans to join in wishing him the best.
"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 fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best." ~ Fleetwood Mac
The Fleetwood Mac world tour began in Columbus Ohio on April 4, 2013, with John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. McVie and Fleetwood are both original members of the band since it began in 1967; Buckingham and Nicks joined them in 1975.
Former Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and singer, Christine McVie joined the band for for two of their performances in London. She is also the ex-wife of John McVie, they divorced in 1977.
The cancelled performances were scheduled between November 10th and December 7th. They are still scheduled to perform on December 30th in Las Vegas.
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