Monday, January 19, 2015

Fleetwood Mac concert cut short due to illness

Fleetwood Mac ended their show in Lincoln, Nebraska early on Saturday after drummer Mick Fleetwood fell ill during the concert.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the show came to a halt when Stevie Nicks told the crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, “Mick is really sick,” adding the drummer was backstage throwing up. “We feel terrible, but we can’t really make him play. Give us a minute, and we’ll figure out what to do.”

The band regrouped and played two more songs, “Go Your Own Way” with a drum tech behind the kit and then, after a short break, Christine McVie returned to the stage at a grand piano for “Songbird” accompanied by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

“Poor old Mick is really sick,” said McVie. “I sing this for him and for all of you.”

The band’s regular 2.5 hour concert ended early after 90 minutes, with Nicks telling the crowd, “In all of our 40 years, this has never happened.”

The group released an official statement, saying “Last night's Fleetwood Mac show in Lincoln, Nebraska ended a few songs early when the band's founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood became ill with the stomach flu. At this time, the band is still scheduled to perform in Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday."

Fleetwood Mac have been playing shows across North America in recent months; the trek sees the return of keyboardist McVie, creating a reunion of the group’s hugely successful mid-1970s lineup.

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