Jazz Fest: Fleetwood Mac join Rolling Stones in pulling out because of illness

Fleetwood Mac have followed the Rolling Stones in pulling out of next month’s Jazz Fest because of illness – meaning the festival has lost its second headline act.

The Stones were forced to cancel their headline set at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival after Mick Jagger, 75, underwent heart surgery.

Fleetwood Mac were drafted in as replacements to star on 2 May, but their appearance has now been scrapped because singer Stevie Nicks has the flu.

The band have cancelled further dates as the 70-year-old recovers – effectively ending their tour of the US and Canada.

Fellow band member Mick Fleetwood said: “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 apologise to the fans, but we are working on rescheduling.”

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

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Mick Jagger, 75, has had heart valve replacement surgery

Festival organisers, who have announced Widespread Panic are to replace Fleetwood Mac, have said they wish Nicks a speedy recovery and hope “to see her and the band at the festival next year”.

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Fleetwood Mac have rarely been far from controversy.

Guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham is suing the band for lost earnings after being dropped from their tour last year.

The band recorded some of the most memorable pop songs of the 1970s, reaching the peak of their success with the 1977 LP Rumours, which became one of the bestselling albums of all time, shifting 40 million copies worldwide.

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