Just after the much talked about induction and duet with Harry Styles at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Stevie Nicks is down with the flu.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced on Twitter: “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.”
The announcement was met with mixed reactions, some expressing disappointment about the cancellation, while others wished Nicks good health. Some also offered suggestions on who can replace the act, while others asked for refunds.
“Very sad news; I was so looking forward to this being my first Jazz Fest. I feel so sorry for Stevie (of course), but also the Jazz Fest organizers. I’m sending positive thoughts to y’all!,” said one user.
Another commented, “Sending Stevie get well wishes. Feel better soon, gal! Saw you and the band in February, great show, always. [Love] Fleetwood Mac!”
“Just purchased [two] tickets the other day after the announcement they were playing…how do I get a refund?,” asked someone else.
In a statement, the band said:
“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.”
Fleetwood Mac had four more locations on their North American tour including Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary which will be rescheduled possibly in October or November. The fifth show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2 has been canceled.
Mick Fleetwood also said, “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.”
The iconic and multi-awarded band rose to fame in the ’60s and ’70s selling more than 100 million records worldwide since making them one of the best-selling bands. Today, Fleetwood Mac has more than 13 million listeners monthly on Spotify. Their classics like “Gypsy” never seem to get old, as seen in their more recent performances like a guest appearance in “The Ellen Show.”
The band’s vocalist, Stevie Nicks, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 Class as a solo artist—she is the only woman to have been inducted twice —the first being in 1978 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
The 70-year-old Nicks gave one of the most memorable performances during this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which includes the much-raved about “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” a duet with Harry Styles.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest has announced new headliner, Widespread Panicas a replacement to Fleetwood Mac.
We are rooting for Stevie Nicks to feel better and get well soon.
Another music icon who canceled their performance in the New Orleans Jazz Fest is Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, the original headliner for the jazz fest. Due to surgery to replace a valve in Jagger’s heart, the Rolling Stones has also postponed the North American leg of their No Filter tour that began on April 20.
A band rep said, “Mick Jagger will undergo surgery to replace a valve in his heart. As a result of the procedure and recovery period, “Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.”