Paul McCartney cancels remaining concerts in Japan
May. 20, 2014
Paul McCartney has cancelled the remaining two concerts of his Japan tour due to an unspecified illness.
The 71-year-old English pop veteran had already cancelled a planned performance at the National Stadium last Saturday, the day after coming down with a virus. He then canceled a concert in Tokyo on Sunday as well as a concert rescheduled for Monday.
On Tuesday, promoters said McCartney’s two remaining concerts at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan hall on Wednesday and at Yanmar Nagai Stadium in Osaka on Saturday, had also been canceled.
A spokesperson for Paul McCartney said: “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancelation is unavoidable. He was hoping to be better but the doctors have ordered him complete rest. Paul has been extremely moved by the messages from his fans and is upset to be letting them down. All possibilities to find a solution to reschedule these shows as soon as possible are being explored.”
McCartney also issued a statement saying, “I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again after we had such an amazing time here in November. So to cancel these shows as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well. I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding. I hope to see you all again soon.
McCartney flew into Tokyo after a short rest at home in London following a strenuous South American tour. He is scheduled to play in South Korea next week.
Paul McCartney Nixes Japan Tour Due to Illness
May 20th 2014
Rock legend Paul McCartney has canceled his entire Japan tour just days after saying he had come down with a virus, organizers said Tuesday.
The former Beatle contracted a virus last week and had already nixed two Tokyo performances.
The tour's organizers now say the world-famous musician is not well enough to perform at any of the concerts in Japan, including one that had been scheduled for Wednesday at Nippon Budokan hall, where the Fab Four wowed the crowd during their first Japan tour in 1966.
In this June 8, 2013 file photo, Paul McCartney performs during a concert at the Barclays Center, in New York.
"Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable," a spokesperson for McCartney said in a statement. "He was hoping to be better but the doctors have ordered him complete rest."
McCartney, 71, told his fans he was sorry but thanked them for their good wishes.
"I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding," McCartney said in a statement. "I hope to see you all again soon."
— Daniel Arkin with The Associated Press
First published May 20th 2014, 12:39 am
Paul McCartney Cancels Rest of Japanese Tour Due to Illness
Former Beatle still under doctor's orders to rest after coming down with a possible virus
By JON BLISTEIN
MAY 20, 2014
Paul McCartney has canceled the rest of his Japanese tour — including a show at the famed Nippon Budokan, where the Beatles played in 1966 — due to poor health, MTV reports. The former Beatle is under doctor's orders for "complete rest" in order to ward off a suspected virus.
In a statement, organizer Kyodo Tokyo said McCartney "will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable".
The virus already forced McCartney to postpone a handful of shows, and in a previously released statement, the musician said he was "really looking forward to playing Japan again." He continued, "Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I'd be feeling better today. I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down."
McCartney's illness comes on the heels of a trek through South America in support of his 2013 album New. He's expected to return to the stage on May 28th for a show in Seoul, South Korea, and will then bring his Out There tour back to the United States for a string of dates this summer, starting June 14th in Lubbock, Texas.
In lighter McCartney news, the former Beatle recently offered fans a whimsical video for his song "Appreciate" last week. In the clip, McCartney busts a move through "The Museum of Man" alongside an android security guard named Newman, whom the musician says he came up with in a dream.
Paul McCartney performs in New York City.
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