Today tragic news hits home as Fleetwood Mac co-founder, bassist, and original band member, John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer. Fleetwood Mac unfortunately must cancel upcoming tour dates. The unexpected news leaves no choice for upcoming shows that were to be in Australia and New Zealand.
Fleetwood Mac has been rocking folks since they first formed in 1967. This British-American rock band has found fame and friends across the globe as they have touched the hears of countless music fans. Some of the most memorable Fleetwood Mac tracks are Don’t Stop and Dreams but you may know them from an array of different tracks as well. To date, Fleetwood Mac has released a total of 17 studio albums and an unbelievable 69 singles in total. When discussing the greatest bands of all time is it common for Fleetwood Mac to appear in some way or another.
In 1977 Fleetwood Mac released their eleventh album, Rumours which jumped to the top of the American albums chart and stayed there for an unprecedented 31 weeks. They simultaneously reached the top spot in multiple other countries around the globe. The album has sold more than 45 million copies to date which crowns it as the 4th highest selling album of all time. In 1998 members of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John McVie being one of them.
The current tour, simply known as, 2013 World Tour had just finished up their Europe segment and was set to take about two weeks before the next show which would have been in Sydney. The remaining 14 stops on the tour have been cancelled, all of which were to be played in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian side of the tour was to begin in Sydney and then go to Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane again and then head to New Zealand to play in Auckland. This world tour was a celebration of their most recent EP known as Extended Play. The set list for the band each night is a whopping 23 songs long.
Today is a tough day for music fans, aside from the tragic news of John McVie being diagnosed with cancer, Lou Reed, notable solo artist and singer/guitarist for The Velvet Underground passed on today.
Fleetwood Mac released a comment today saying, “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.” Hopefully fans understand the cancellation and keep John McVie in their thoughts. It is said the 67 year-old bass player is to undergo treatment.
The unfortunate events that lead to Fleetwood Mac cancelling tour dates is understandable, they had no choice. Our thoughts go out to you John McVie, we hope you made a speedy recovery and return to your legendary bass playing whenever you are ready.
Written By: Garrett Jutte