Good news, Fleetwood Mac fans: Bassist John McVie, who was diagnosed with cancer in October, is returning to the stage. Tonight, the band will kick off a two-night stint at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena, with their rhythm section in-tact.
Stevie Nicks talked about their return to ABC News Radio, stating that the performance will be “really good for John,” helping him “get back on the treadmill” of live performance after treatment for a still-unidentified form of cancer. She didn’t elaborate further on McVie’s health, but she did emphasize how excited she is to play Vegas on New Year’s Eve. “We get to get dressed up and go on-stage and actually be at a really huge New Year’s Eve party,” she says. “You don’t even have to find the party. It’s found you at this point.”
This has certainly been a topsy-turvy year the band. They released a new EP, Extended Play, back in April, followed by a massive tour. Former member Christine McVie even joined the band on-stage for a pair of guest appearances during their classic “Don’t Stop.” Then, following McVie’s cancer diagnosis, the quartet cancelled their remaining dates in Australia and New Zealand.