Paul McCartney fans were behind him June 9 when he announced he was moving his U.S. concert dates scheduled for this month to October. The move was made to give him more time to recover from a virus that struck him last month and caused postponment of dates in Japan and South Korea.
“I'm very relieved that he rescheduled the June dates because I was worried about him trying to perform too soon,” Rachel Clements Case told us on Facebook. “I hope he takes the time he needs to get back to 100% before going back on tour. His health is the most important thing and I just want to see his smiling face and usual happy, carefree self. He will be fine. He's strong and he's Paul.”
“I'm so glad he's following doctor's orders. Nothing is more important than his health!,” wrote Pam McClure Williams. “I wish Paul the very best on his recovery from his illness.”
“I'm glad he's following doctor's orders and taking care of himself,” Kris Spackman Tash told us. “That's the most important thing. We'd rather see him healthy and when he's ready, I know he'll be 'out there' again.”
Bob Gannon, who has photographed many McCartney shows, added. “Rescheduled shows are not that important. His health is the most important thing here. Rest, relax and recuperate!”
The new October dates are Oct. 2 in Lubbock, Texas at the United Spirit Arena (originally June 14); Oct. 11, New Orleans at Smoothie King Center (originally June 19), Oct. 13 in Dallas at the American Airlines Center (originally June 16); and Oct. 15 in Atlanta, Ga., at Philips Arena (originally June 21).
The rest of the month: Oct. 16 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena (originally June 25); Oct. 25, Jacksonville, Fla. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (originally June 22) and Oct. 28 at Louisville, Ky., at Yum! Center (originally June 26). Tickets for the original June dates will been honored for the new dates, the announcement said.
The announcement of the postponements was not evident in advance since the McCartney website still had the original dates listed Sunday. Lubbock Online reported promoters contacted venues at 2 p.m. ET with the news, which was made public with a press release 30 minutes later.
Original tickets will be honored at all the rescheduled shows. Kent Meredith of the United Supermarkets Arena told Lubbock Online that refunds would be available for those who had planned to attend the original June 25 show in Lubbock.
"In the sad event that ticket-holders are unable to attend his show on Oct. 2, they can return their tickets to the Select-A-Seat outlet where they purchased them, and receive a full refund." The Dallas Morning News also reported ticket holders in that city wanting refunds for the show originally set for June 16 should return to their original place of purchase. Refunds on tickets purchased on CrowdSurge through McCartney's website will be available at the point of purchase, a McCartney representative said.
McCartney guitarist Brian Ray had a message on Facebook for fans. “On a personal note: Big Love to all who made plans to come see us in June. Hang in there. We'll be back soon, better than ever!”