A Paul McCartney fan told Beatles Examiner Sunday she put up a page on Facebook as a place for fans to send their best wishes to him during his illness. McCartney Giannoni said she wanted to do something for McCartney.
“I decided to create a get well page for fans to post their get well wishes to Paul since he has been ill and canceling a few dates,” she said. “It's a worldwide fan effort for all fans of Paul's to post pictures, messages and videos.” The page already has over 230 members.
McCartney announced May 16 he was moving his first show set for Tokyo on his Out There! tour, originally scheduled for Saturday, to Monday because he was ill with a virus. Late Saturday night, both shows were canceled on the advice of doctors who said he was still too ill to perform. A statement said McCartney intends to reschedule the shows, but no new date has been announced. Fans were photographed outside the stadium in Tokyo reacting to the news.
McCartney's office issued a statement Sunday from him about the cancellation, “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"
Paul McCartney's guitarists also posted messages on Twitter thanking fans for their good wishes and their patience over the cancellation of the shows.
“Thanks Tokyo. You have been very understanding. We all just want Paul to relax and get completely better. Time for patience,” wrote guitarist Rusty Anderson.
“Thank you, Tokyo, for your kind messages and for your understanding. We will do our very best to make it up to you somehow," said fellow guitarist Brian Ray.
McCartney will play the Nippon Budokan May 21, and Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka May 24, then move on to Korea for a show May 28 at Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul, South Korea. Last November, McCartney played six sold-out shows in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka.
A block of U.S. shows begins June 14 in Lubbock, TX. The U.S. dates will also include stops in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, California and Utah.