Skip to comments.Fleetwood Mac Bassist John McVie Diagnosed With Cancer
Posted on 10/27/2013 3:13:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Fleetwood Mac says bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with liver cancer. The group is canceling the Australian and New Zealand leg of their tour.
"Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand," the group said Sunday in a statement posted on Facebook.
"John McVie, one of the co-founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time," the statement continued. "We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. 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."
The band went on tour this year after releasing their first new material in April since 2003's "Say You Will," Billboard magazine said.
My father's twin brother had it and died within a year.
It was very painful and horrible, but QUICK by comparison to other cancers. NOT a good way to go.
OH MAN did you hear Lou Reed died earlier today
Actually the group's founder, Peter Green, had to coax McVie into joining the band (after Mick Fleetwood had already committed to leaving Mayall) by naming the band, "Fleetwood Mac".
well at least we know he’s not a chemist. /breaking bad
Sad to hear! I was never a big fan of the band. I loved Buckingham’s guitar style, but the monotone singer (what’s her name?) made listening impossible. I went to a Zappa concert, and they were the opening band. They were awful! Everyone split to the lobby whilst they played.
Wikipedia saying he’s 67. Young IMO.
Stevie Nicks — monotone, and sings through her nose to the extent that she sounds like a kazoo. Awful, awful singer.
The pre-Buckinham/Nicks FM had its ups and downs (three lead guitarists, each of whom went off the rails one by one) but their “Bare Trees” album is somewhere in my top 500 (other than that “Mrs. Scarrot” bs track, I skip that).
Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees [Full Album]
Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees [title track]
Sad news, hope for the best. Fleetwood Mac was great in all it’s incarnations over the years. Still is.
Monotone is the least of her problems. You can't understand a word she sings. I remember way back when Creedence Clearwater came out with Willie and the Poor Boys. A panel on late night TV was discussing it when one of the panelists said, he (Fogerty) sounds like he went to the Stevie Nicks School of Diction.
He was a heavy drinker who quit in 1987. However, the liver damage remained which is the likely cause of the cancer.
Young in the scheme of things but even if it was caught early age is one of the key variables for a successful liver transplant.
I was always so surprised that Larry Hagman survived for so long. There is hope.
If that is the cause, he actually has a better prognosis. If not caused by drinking this is almost always a secondary site, so he’s already finished.
She had nose surgery at some point for a perforated septum (?)
brought on indirectly as by long-term topical drug use, like cocaine.
The trouble is that far too often, “by the time you realize it’s out to get you, it’s got you.”
However, the rules with cancer change so rapidly that who knows? I know there’s an entire class of research devoted to killing cancer that has widely metastasized. And every now and then they get somebody who is down to their final days, and suddenly, complete remission.
Fleetwood Mac can and has replaced everybody over the years like those “Temptations” or “Drifters” that are still touring and pretending to be the real thing, but it (FM) cannot replace the Fleetwood or the Mac!
Never did dig their music, but prayers for him just the same.
This thread about Fleetwood Mac does remind me of a mortifying experience I had in high school. I was in ninth grade when "Rumours" came out. At the time I had Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks mixed up because of the names. Lindsey sounded more like a girl's name than Stevie so I figured the woman singing "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman" was Lindsey Buckingham. So I told some kids in my class that I thought Lindsey Buckingham was "hot". They looked at me awfully funny and within an hour, it seemed every kid in the school was ragging me about it.
Otis Williams, founding member of the Temptations is still performing them. The only original member still alive.
A good friend of ours died of liver cancer just about a year ago. It’s pretty rapid. She had her first symptom, was diagnosed, and died all within one year.
Not Christine McVie. Probably the other one. Never liked her much.
Yeah, that would be bad.
My only other Fleetwood Mac comment would be, Christine McVie is one of those women who “the older she gets, the better she looks”.
Best thoughts to John.
Woah. I missed that. Bummer.
Oooh. That’s ruin 9th grade for you.
And...Alice Cooper...what about her? Hot or not?
Unfortunately for my mother, who never took a drink in her life and was killed by this cancer 20 years ago, that did not happen.
Prayers for his health and healing.
I don't know WHY singers sing through their nose. It sounds awful.
I love opera and the great voices of the opera world (male-female-alto-basso, whatever) DO NOT sing through the nose.
Lol. Sounds like a kazoo? By Jiminey, it does! Hahaha, you made me LAUGH! Thank you!
For the most part, most liver cancers still have unknown origins. That’s why alcoholism, hepatitis, and other known causes are generally assumed.
On the plus side, a chemical found in milk thistles, called silymarin, has been discovered to be like it was designed to be therapeutic for the liver (excepting liver cancer).
It not only protects the liver from toxins, and limits uptake of toxins, but it helps a damaged liver to repair itself about 30% faster. It is the one thing that might save the liver of someone who ate death cap mushrooms, that are deadly to all mammals except rabbits.
Up ^ there.
I shall make a note of it.
I went to a concert to see Long John Baldry, who was a no show. Two other bands were there that I didn't know at the time; Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. I wasn't disappointed in either. As you likely know, there's Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, and Fleetwood Mac without Peter Green. They are quite different. I'm a blues aficionado so the former is my favorite composition of the band's members.
Thanks for the reply.
I saw Long John Baldry open up for Uriah Heep in Asbury Park in 1972. And yeah, I too have been a fan of Fleetwood Mac since the beginning. In college in the early ‘70s, their albums were on our apartment turntable every single night (me and my roommates NEVER had a TV - - all we did was listen to music and... imbibe).
‘English Rose’ is in my top 5 albums of all time. We also played the ‘Black Magic Woman’ double album a lot, and of course ‘Then Play On’. We did keep up with Fleetwood Mac thru ‘Kiln House’, ‘Future Games’, ‘Bare Trees’, ‘Penguin’ (which stank), and ‘Mystery to Me’, but we always went back to the early albums the most.
I saw Peter Green in Philly with his ‘Splinter Band’ in 2000, and get this - - the opening act was John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers! That was a great show, and Peter got (and probably needed) a lot of support from his band, but he did all right... he played well and did a few early Mac songs. It was all worth it to me! Mayall performed like he was still 25. It was amazing.
Sure, Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green’s band, but Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan were great in their own right and absolutely essential. When I think back, it was Spencer’s songs that first got me into Mac - - ‘Shake Your Moneymaker’ and ‘I’m Coming Home’. But even now, when I pick up my guitar I play Peter Green songs.
Rod Stewart was discovered by Long John Baldry at age 17, as he sang for his supper on a public rail platform in London. After joining John’s band, a band veteran was fired when John discovered he was supplying Rod with dope.
Rod Stewart sings a really touching tribute song in honor of the late Long John Baldry.
In a bit of a shocker, I learned that John played for the other team, succumbing to a pneumonia like illness once his immune system deteriorated.
On topic: Your taste of music ranks right up there with mine or vice versa. Mayall, Uriah Heep and the likes. Very nice. I bet you’ve got a Ten Years After album or two in your collection too. Cactus? Mountain? Hot Tuna?
Glad you mentioned Spencer and Kerwin. You’re right, they were integral to the band’s terrific sound/signature.
Peter Green fell into a funk owing to drugs/depression and the stark reality of seeing something he was instrumental in creating, enjoy huge commercial success without him.
Fleetwood Mac- Albatross
Savoy Brown- Hellbound Train
Rod Stewart- I’ll Be Seeing You
Enjoy and goodnight freeper friend.
PS: I guess we should really be talking about John McVie... I’ll raise a favorite drink to the both of them come this Thursday, when I go out on the town.
Fleetwood Mac- The Chain
There NEVER was a “real” Drifters. There were several of them operating concurrently back in the day. Just like there are several Blue Man Groups and several Trans-Siberian Orchestras.
Ben. E. King. decided he didn’t want or need to be a Drifter no-more and went solo (but he kept Leiber and Stoller as songwriting/publishers).
Now THAT would have been cool to see !!
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