Medical matters have forced another scheduling shuffle at New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest, with Fleetwood Mac bowing out due to Stevie Nicks’ illness.
The Stones, scheduled to headline as part of the festival’s 50th anniversary, recently postponed their No Filter Tour, which had been scheduled to start April 20.
Jazz Fest organizers wasted no time filling the latest vacancy, announcing later Monday that Widespread Panic would take Fleetwood Mac’s place.
According to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which tweeted the news Monday, Fleetwood Mac is postponing four dates, effectively ending their North American tour. The tweet said: “Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has just announced the postponement of four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest on May 2. Stay tuned for updates about May 2 talent and tickets.”
Stay tuned is right, as just four hours later the Jazz Fest account tweeted the Widespread Panic news.
When The Stones withdrew, Jazz Fest organizers said people who bought higher-priced tickets due to the band’s appearance would get refunds. Another Monday tweet told May 2 ticket-holders they would receive a notice from Ticketmaster giving them the choice to use their tickets on any day of the second weekend of the festival or to get a full refund.
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