Fleetwood Mac's John McVie has cancer

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 26: Bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller

Fleetwood Mac has canceled its tour following news that bassist John McVie has cancer. The band, which just wrapped up a European leg, has scrapped dates in Australia and New Zealand so that McVie can undergo treatment.

Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham explained 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."

They did not reveal what kind of cancer McVie -- a founding member of Mac -- is battling.

Fleetwood Mac has been touring for a good part of the year in support of the EP, "Extended Play," which features the group's first new studio material in 10 years.

The tour has featured a few surprises. McVie's ex-wife, former Fleetwood Mac member Christie McVie, joined the band onstage at London's 02 Arena in September for a rendition of "Don't Stop."


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