Published Oct 28, 2013Fleetwood Mac's founding bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo treatment in November, forcing the band to cancel a string of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand.
The news of McVie's illness and upcoming treatment period was announced by the band on their website, where they also confirmed the concert cancellations. It's unclear at present of what form of cancer McVie is suffering from.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates," they wrote. "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."
At present, a December 30 performance at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Arena is still on the band's schedule. You can see the affected itinerary down below.
Fleetwood Mac had recently wrapped up the European leg of their world tour, which hit North American last spring.
The outfit's big year also included the release of Extended Play, their first collection of new music since 2003's Say You Will, as well as a Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1972 box set, the Then Play On reissue, and an expanded edition of their beloved Rumours.
11/11 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Entertainment Centre
11/16 Hunter Valley, Australia - Hope Estate Winery
11/19 Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
11/22 Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
11/26 Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
11/27 Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
11/30 Geelong, Australia - The Hill Winery
12/03 Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12/06 Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
12/07 Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena