Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, says a statement on the band’s official Facebook page. The band have cancelled their Australian and New Zealand tour so that McVie can seek treatment for the illness.
“Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand,” read the Facebook statement, posted on October 27. “John McVie, one of the co-founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.”
“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates,” the post continued. “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.”
In April 2013, Fleetwood Mac released a 4-track EP, ‘Extended Play,’ their first collection of new tunes since 2003’s ‘Say You Will.’ The band’s 2013 tour saw the brief return of long-departed keyboardist (and John’s former wife) Christine McVie, who joined the Mac at London’s 02 Arena in September. Watch video of the reunion below.