Fleetwood Mac Cancels Jazz Fest, Other Dates Due to Illness

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—Illness is forcing Fleetwood Mac to cancel a number of appearances, including at the Jazz Fest, where the band had been scheduled as a last-minute replacement for the Rolling Stones.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tweeted on April 8 that Fleetwood Mac is postponing four upcoming North American tour dates and can’t make its May 2 Jazz Fest performance because Stevie Nicks is ill.

Singer Stevie Nicks performs at The Beacon Theatre on July 2, 2012, in New York City. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

“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,” the band said in a statement, according to UltimateClassicRock.com

“We are having more fun than ever on this current tour, but as we all know, touring life comes with its challenges,” Mick Fleetwood added. “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.”

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival said on Twitter, “Stay tuned for updates about May 2 talent and tickets.”

Festival organizers announced last week that Fleetwood Mac would replace the Stones, which is postponing its No Filter Tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment. That tour was scheduled for April 20.

Jazz Fest organizers announced later Monday that Widespread Panic would replace Fleetwood Mac.

Portrait of American pop and rock singer Stevie Nicks (of the group Fleetwood Mac) in the late 1970s. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Two weeks ago Nick became the first woman to be inducted twice into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

She was inducted into the Fleetwood Mac in 1998.