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Fleetwood Mac Cancels Upcoming World Tour Dates, Founding Member John McVie Has Cancer

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British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac is cancelling upcoming performances while bassist, and founding member, John McVie, gets treatment for cancer.

In a message on their website, the iconic group writes "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."

"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates," band members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood said in a statement. "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."

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It is unclear what type of cancer the 67-year-old is battling.

The British native founded the group with drummer Fleetwood in 1967.

Fleetwood Mac is known for many hits, including "Rhiannon," "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way" and "Gypsy."

Nicks announced during an appearance on CBS This Morning in 2012, that the classic rockers were planning to reunite for a trek that will kick off in 2013.

"Next year, so far," the 65-year-old confirmed. "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey is out doing his thing right now."

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