John McVie, the bass player for Fleetwood Mac has been diagnosed with cancer. The British native is the co-founder of the group, along with Mick Fleetwood, forming the band in 1967. Due to the recent news, the band has halted their world tour, and cancelled all of their upcoming shows.
The band is currently on a world tour, and has just finished tour dates in Europe. Unfortunately, they were scheduled to head to Austraila and New Zealand next, but will be forced to cancel those shows while McVie undergoes his treatment.
The band revealed the news over their website, stating that "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. 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."
— FrozenLove (@FrozenLove) October 27, 2013
They have not revealed to the public what kind of cancer it is yet, but he will be receiving treatment soon. Well wishes can be posted to their Facebook or Twitter pages, where a number of fans have already voiced their support.
Wishing John McVie of @fleetwoodmac a speedy recovery. We hope to have the opportunity to join them again in the future!
— Stonefield (@Stonefieldband) October 27, 2013
John McVie has cancer. I think what was left of my battered heart just broke. Get well soon, John. Fleetwood Mac isn't Fleetwood Mac w/o you
— Jen (@jenxhawkins) October 27, 2013
Wow, that's sad that Fleetwood Mac has cancelled. Poor John McVie. I hope he has speedy recovery.
— Janelle.K. (@Bundynelle) October 27, 2013
Fleetwood Mac have cancelled their Aus & NZ tour due to John McVie's illness. Needless to say, I'm a bit devastated. #getwelljohnmcvie
— Alex (@xx_Alexandra) October 27, 2013
Very sad news for @fleetwoodmac fans. Thoughts and prayers are with John McVie and his family
— Kate Lynch (@KateLynchJourno) October 27, 2013
John McVie is a music legend. Go and beat this cancer, dude. @fleetwoodmac
— Mike Heine (@TheHeindog) October 27, 2013
Fleetwood Mac is led by their lead singer Stevie Nicks, who has also enjoyed an impressive solo career, being led by her memorable voice. The band is known for such hits as "Landslide," "Rhiannon," and "Dreams." The other members of the band are Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.
The original four members of Fleetwood Mac returned to touring in April of 2012, after a break from the road for three years. They went on a tour of the United States first, before heading to Europe. After the immense success of their classic album "Rumours," they re-released the album on its 35th anniversary, and included previously unreleased live and studio tracks.
Fleetwood Mac's New Zealand and Austrailia shows were originally scheduled to be played through December 7th, with a performance also set up for Las Vegas on December 30th. , Hopefully John McVie will be able to get back on the road with the band soon enough, and be able to play for fans again.