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John McVie diagnosed with cancer, Fleetwood Mac cancels tour dates

on October 27, 2013, 10:50am

Fleetwood Mac 2013 tour

(John McVie, pictured far left)

Fleetwood Mac founding member John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, according to the band’s Facebook page. The type of cancer has not yet been made public, but McVie will begin treatment next month. Consequently, the band has canceled its upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand.

The band said in a statement: “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.”

McVie joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after its formation in 1967 and has been a principal member and bassist ever since. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.