Just a few days after Fleetwood Mac stepped in to replace The Rolling Stones at this year’s Jazz Fest while singer Mick Jagger recouperates from surgery to replace a faulty heart valve, the band has been forced to drop out as well due to an illness affecting Mac singer Stevie Nicks.
“Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has just announced the postponement of four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest on May 2,” the festival announced on Monday (April 8).
Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has just announced the postponement of four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest on May 2. Stay tuned for updates about May 2 talent and tickets.
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) April 8, 2019
Mac announced on April 4 that the band would replace fellow veterans the Stones at the annual New Orleans festival, with Nicks tweeting to fans that she “can’t wait to get back to New Orleans again.”
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) April 4, 2019
Over the weekend, Mac postponed shows in Philadelphia and Boston due to what was described as a band member illness.” In a statement announcing the Jazz Fest news, a rep for Mac tells Billboard, “As an update to previous Fleetwood Mac posts regarding a band member illness, Stevie Nicks has the flu. While she is feeling better already, management has consulted with her doctors and have decided to reschedule the remaining four shows of their North American tour to allow for her full recovery. Due to sports Playoff schedules and existing touring commitments in Europe and Australia, we are looking to move rescheduled cities (Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary) to October/November 2019. Ticketholders will receive new dates and details shortly. Unfortunately the band will not be able to perform at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on May 2.”
Drummer Mick Fleetwood added, “We are having more fun than ever on this current tour, but as we all know, touring life comes with its challenges. The flu has sidelined Stevie for a couple of weeks but she is on the mend and we look forward to getting back out on the road. We so apologize to the fans, but we are working on rescheduling.”