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Paul McCartney postpones rest of Japanese Out There! shows because of illness

Fans take a photograph of the sign announcing the cancellation of the Paul McCartney show to be held at the National Stadium on May 17 in Tokyo, Japan.
Fans take a photograph of the sign announcing the cancellation of the Paul McCartney show to be held at the National Stadium on May 17 in Tokyo, Japan.Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

A virus has forced Paul McCartney to postpone his remaining shows in Japan, according to a statement issued May 19 by McCartney in that country and confirmed by his representatives to Beatles Examiner. The shows were to take place May 21 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo and May 24 at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan.

The statement read, “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation 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 added his own comment to the statement. “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. Love, Paul.”

There was no immediate word on whether the May 28 show at Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium in Seoul, South Korea would also be postponed. His Japanese tour website gave instructions to fans in that country how to get refunds for their tickets.

Following the show in South Korea, the tour was to take a three-week break before beginning a series of shows in the United States beginning on June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, and ending Aug. 14 in San Francisco at Candlestick Park, where the Beatles played in 1966. Tickets for American shows are available here and here.

McCartney initially announced Friday he would move his Saturday National Stadium show in Tokyo, scheduled to be his first in Japan on the tour, to Monday because of his illness. On Sunday, he announced both National Stadium shows would be postponed.