Fleetwood Mac bass guitarist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer. The band announced the diagnosis on Sunday.
The group has canceled the Australian and New Zealand leg of its tour so McVie can undergo immediate treatment. According to a statement from Fleetwood Mac, McVie, 67, “is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.” The groups shows were supposed to start on November 10 in Sydney, Australia.
Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham said in the statement: “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.”
Fleetwood Mac has enjoyed a string of hits since forming in the 1970s, including “Don’t Stop” and “Dreams” among various others. The group recently completed the European leg of its tour and was schedule to play 14 shows in Australia and New Zealand.
McVie has been playing with Fleetwood Mac since shortly after the group formed in London in 1967.
Fan’s quickly headed to the Fleetwood Mac Facebook page where they left messages of encouragement for John McVie. Fan Jake Bettney writes, “All the very best John, you are a legend & a very under- rated guitarist, I am sure you will pull through & be back doing what you love, wishing you all the luck in the world.”
At the time of this post more than 6,100 fans have left messages of encouragement and the post from Fleetwood Mac has been “liked” 16,699 times.
Our best wishes go out to John McVie as he undergoes treatment to battle his bout with cancer.
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