Fleetwood Mac have pulled out as headliners of this year’s Jazz Fest and have had to postpone the remainder of their North American tour due to illness.
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The news comes days after replacing the Rolling Stones as headliners of the New Orleans festival due to Mick Jagger’s heart surgery. Fleetwood Mac have had to cancel their appearance because singer Stevie Nicks is currently recovering from a bout of flu.
The band recently postponed concerts in Boston and Philadelphia due to Nicks’ illness, and have now announced that the remaining four shows of their tour would be rescheduled to after the singer recovers.
“Stevie Nicks has the flu,” a statement by the band read, according to Rolling Stone. “While she is feeling better already, management has consulted with her doctors and have decided to reschedule the remaining four shows of their North American tour to allow for her full recovery.
“Due to sports playoff schedules and existing touring commitments in Europe and Australia, we are looking to move rescheduled cities (Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary) to October/November 2019.”
Going on to confirm that Fleetwood Mac would not be performing at Jazz Fest on May 2, the statement told ticket holders that they would “receive new dates and details shortly.”
Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has just announced the postponement of four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest on May 2. Stay tuned for updates about May 2 talent and tickets.
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) April 8, 2019
Mick Fleetwood added in a statement.: “We are having more fun than ever on this current tour, but as we all know, touring life comes with its challenges. The flu has sidelined Stevie for a couple of weeks but she is on the mend and we look forward to getting back out on the road. We so apologize to the fans, but we are working on rescheduling.”
As the two headed backstage after their performance for photos and interviews, Nicks referred to Styles’ old band as NSYNC before quickly realising her mistake.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that same night, Nicks became the first woman to be inducted into the Hall twice.
“To be recognised for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile,” she said of the honour. “It’s a glorious feeling.”