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Paul McCartney reschedules June U.S. concerts to recover from virus

Paul McCartney on stage in 2011.
Paul McCartney on stage in 2011.
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Paul McCartney announced in a press release June 9 he will postpone his first U.S. Out There! concert dates originally scheduled for June and move them to October to give him more time to recover from his recent illness. The first U.S. show had been scheduled for this Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, the home of Buddy Holly, a big McCartney musical influence. The virus also forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea.

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McCartney said in a statement he will reluctantly heed medical advice to rest longer to fully recuperate. "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon," he said in the announcement to the press and on his website.

The new schedule for the first part of October is Oct. 2, Lubbock, Texas at the United Spirit Arena (originally June 14); Oct. 11, New Orleans, 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 dates that month are Oct. 16 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena (originally June 25); Oct. 25 in Jacksonville, Fla. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (originally June 22) and Oct. 28 in Louisville, Ky., at Yum! Center (originally June 26). Tickets for the original June dates will been honored for the new dates, McCartney's office said. Tickets for the U.S. shows, some of which were sold out, are available here and here.

There had been little indication the dates would be rescheduled. The old dates had still been listed on the McCartney website as recently as Sunday. Fans on social media, however, grew anxious as the opening date came closer because there had been no official statement that the shows would go on. The new dates, however, will put him on tour at the same time as Ringo Starr, who himself recently announced a set of new dates in October.

Last month, McCartney cancelled all his shows in Japan and a single show in South Korea on his Out There! tour in May after contracting the virus. Those shows have not yet been rescheduled.

“Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo. He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world,” a statement said.

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