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Exclusive: Paul McCartney will postpone South Korea concert due to illness

A fan takes a photograph of the sign announcing the cancellation of the Paul McCartney show due to be held at National Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. McCartney will cancel his South Korea show Wednesday.
Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Paul McCartney, who Monday postponed all of his scheduled concerts in Japan on the Out There! Tour, will announce May 21 he is postponing his May 28 concert in South Korea, the final show on the Far East leg of the tour, Beatles Examiner learned today. The announcement will be made at 4 p.m. Seoul time on Wednesday (3 a.m. Wednesday EDT/midnight Wednesday PDT).

The Seoul concert was the final show before a two-month block of shows in the United States. Those shows were to begin starting June 14 in Lubbock, Texas and end Aug. 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the site of the Beatles' last scheduled concert in 1966. Tickets for American shows are available here and here.

The postponements of the Japan shows was announced Monday in a statement released in Japan. “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancelation 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.”

“I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again after we had such an amazing time here in November,” McCartney said in the statement. “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.”

Meanwhile, the number of members on a Facebook page set up for fans all over the world to post get-well messages to Paul McCartney nearly doubled in size from roughly 350 early Monday to 650 early Tuesday. Messages, many with pictures, have been posted in several different languages, including English, Spanish and Japanese, with fans' get-well wishes.

"Thank you, Paul, for loving your fans so much to travel and do so many concerts for us," wrote one fan. "We love you so much and appreciate all you do for us. Please take this time to rest and feel 100% better and continue to do the thing you and we love so much."

McCartney shocked fans on Friday when he announced he would be moving 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. On Tuesday, the rest of the Japanese shows were postponed.

The postponements for illness are unprecedented in McCartney's career. Though he has postponed single shows in the past, he has never postponed this many shows at once for illness. His 1980 Japan tour with Wings was canceled when he was arrested and jailed by Japanese authorities for possession of marijuana.

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