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Stevie Nicks Drops Out Of Austin City Limits, Cancels All 2021 Concerts Over COVID Concerns

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) - Rock legend and Fleetwood Mac icon Stevie Nicks has canceled a string of upcoming shows in Texas and across the US due to concern over the rising number of COVID cases.

The singer posted a short statement on Twitter announcing her decision.

"These are challenging times with challenging decisions that have to be made. I want everyone to be safe and healthy and the rising Covid cases should be of concern to all of us," she wrote.

"While I'm vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021."

Nicks, who is 73, had been scheduled to play at the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin in October and at shows in Colorado, California and Louisiana.

"Because singing and performing have been my whole life, my primary goal is to keep healthy so I can continue singing for the next decade or longer," her statement continued.

"I'm devastated and I know the fans are disappointed, but we will look towards a brighter 2022."

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Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

In August 2020, Nicks called on fans to wear a mask and take COVID-19 seriously, as well as revealing her worries over the long-term effects of the virus.

"If I get it, I will probably never sing again," she wrote in a Facebook post, adding: "Put me on a ventilator and I will be hoarse for the rest of my life."

"This virus can kill you. It can kill me," she wrote. "Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road."

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The CNN Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company contributed to this report.)

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