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Doctors force Paul McCartney to postpone both Tokyo shows

On May 18, a day after Paul McCartney delayed his first Tokyo show because of a virus, doctors determined he still wasn't well enough to perform tonight and forced him to cancel both Tokyo shows and to stay in bed. The move was apparently was against his wishes, according to a statement posted on his website.

Fans react after the cancellation of the second Paul McCartney show due to be held at National Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images
Fans outside the venue in Tokyo where Paul McCartney was to play tonight.
Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Japanese fans posted messages telling McCartney to get well. “Please take good care of yourself, and get well soon! You don't have to worry about the concerts now. We love you so much!,” one fan wrote.

“There's nothing more important than your health. Please take time, no need to rush, just concentrate to get yourself better,” said another. “We've been healed, cheered, energized by your music countless for years and years. Compared to what you have given us, missing a show is nothing. We can surely wait for another day!”

McCartney, in a statement, reacted to the many messages, saying, "Thank you so much for your kind 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 so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down. Love, Paul.” The Japan shows were to feature a robot used in the new video for the song “Appreciate.”

McCartney originally issued a statement May 17 that Saturday's Out There! show in Tokyo at National Stadium was to be rescheduled for Monday because he had contracted a virus on Friday. “I am very sorry to all my fans as I was greatly looking forward to the concert.”

McCartney's guitarist thanked fans for their kindness. “Thanks Tokyo. You have been very understanding. We all just want Paul to relax and get completely better. Time for patience,” McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson posted on Twitter. “Thank you Tokyo for your kind messages and for your understanding. We will do our very best to make it up to you somehow,” wrote guitarist Brian Ray.