Japanese fans of former Beatle Paul McCartney were quick to react after he issued a statement early May 17 that Saturday's Out There! show at National Stadium in Tokyo was being rescheduled for Monday because he is sick with a virus. Photos showed fans at the venue learning of the cancellation. The second of the two shows scheduled for Tokyo on May 18 will now be the first time this year McCartney plays in Japan.
The statement issued by McCartney read, “Thank you for such a beautiful and warm welcome to your country. I've unfortunately had to postpone tonight’s show in Tokyo. I came down with a virus on Friday and following a visit from doctors, I've been told not to perform tonight.
“I am very sorry to all my fans as I was greatly looking forward to the concert, but the situation is out of my hands. Along with the doctors, I'm doing all I can to ensure I will be better for tomorrow night's show and the rest of my time in Japan.”
One Japanese fan wrote, “We Japanese fans are waiting for your recovery. Take care and please show us your finest performance!” Another wrote, “"Dear Paul, I will be resting in bed side-by-side you in my mind . . . Get well soon!" McCartney thanked them on Twitter. “Thank you for all your lovely messages Japan!”
Before the show was canceled, Brian Ray posted a humorous Twitter comment. "Talk about good timing. @brianrayguitar tours Japan while Godzilla comes to the U.S" Yep, we invade Japan, he can have US,” he wrote. It was announced Friday that the shows in Japan will feature a robot, Newman, who is featured in the Beatle's new "Appreciate" video. The song is taken from his "NEW" album.
This is the second time a show on the Out There! tour has been rescheduled this year. In April, a show in Chile had to be rescheduled because the plane taking the equipment from Uruguay to Chile was delayed in taking off, not allowing enough time for the show, scheduled for the next day, to be set up.
According to McCartney's press office, he had been due to travel to Peru, the tour’s next destination, on Tuesday night following the last show in Chile. But he changed plans to enable the show to be rescheduled.