Fleetwood Mac Pulls Out of Jazz Fest Days After Replacing Rolling Stones Due to Stevie Nicks Illness
Another legendary rock ’n’ roll act has dropped out of this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
On Monday, the festival broke the news that headliner Fleetwood Mac has canceled their appearance on May 2 because lead singer Stevie Nicks is fighting the flu.
"As an update to previous Fleetwood Mac posts regarding a band member illness, Stevie Nicks has the flu. 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," a rep with the group shared with ET.
"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," the statement continued. "Ticketholders will receive new dates and details shortly. Unfortunately, the band will not be able to perform at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on May 2."
Mick Fleetwood, the group’s drummer and co-founder, also shared a statement with ET regarding Nicks’ illness, saying: "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 hit-making group was actually filling in for the Rolling Stones when the group pulled out of the date because lead singer Mick Jagger needed to undergo heart valve surgery, which was performed last week.
On Friday, Jagger's rep told ET that the singer "has successfully undergone treatment," and is "doing very well." They added that the legendary frontman "is expected to make a full recovery."
Despite the loss of both the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac, the eight-day Louisiana music festival will be headed up by a number of huge acts including Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Stapleton, Pitbull, Diana Ross, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire and more.