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Legendary Rock Band Cancels Tour Dates After Bassist's Cancer Diagnosis Reuters

A bass player who has been a fixture of rock music since the 1960s was diagnosed with cancer, prompting his band to cancel part of its world tour. Reuters reports that Fleetwood Mac veteran John McVie will undergo treatment for cancer.

Fleetwood Mac canceled the Australia/New Zealand leg of its tour to enable McVie, 67, to get treatment during that period.

"The band, known for such 1970s hits as 'Don't Stop' and 'Dreams,' had just completed the European segment of the tour," Reuters reports. "It was to make 14 stops in Australia and New Zealand, the group said in a statement on its website."

Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham said in the 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."

Reuters adds: "McVie joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after its formation in London in 1967. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998."

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