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article imagePaul McCartney cancels Japanese tour due to virus

By Anne Sewell     May 20, 2014 in Entertainment
Tokyo - Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney has been hit by illness and has to regrettably cancel his upcoming tour in Japan, where he has an almost cult-like following. According to tour organizers, 71-year-old McCartney has contracted a virus.
The "Out There Japan Tour 2014" would have seen three shows in Tokyo and one is Osaka, but it is not to be.
According to a message posted on McCartney's official website, “Doctors have ordered Paul complete rest and he has been doing all he can to get better. Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career and so he is upset about this situation.”
The first two concerts had already been cancelled, but it is now confirmed that the other shows are out of the question too. On May 21, McCartney was to perform at Budokan, a venue which featured The Beatles in their first Japanese tour back in 1966.
According to the organizer, Kyodo Tokyo, McCartney "will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable".
However, he did add that the company was already discussing the possibility of a new tour. Reportedly tickets will be refunded from Thursday this week, with the most expensive costing 100,000 yen ($1,000) each. Many fans had apparently traveled from out of town for the event.
On a website for the tour (in Japanese and English), McCartney released a statement saying:
“Thank you so much for your messages of support. I’m so very touched. Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I’d be feeling better today. I’m disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down.”
At present the concert set for Seoul, South Korea on May 28 is still on, which is to be followed by 19 concerts in the United States.
In the video above, Paul McCartney teams up with Newman the robot for his new video "Appreciate" as part of the promotion for his Japanese tour.
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