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Sir Paul McCartney cancels remainder of Japan tour on doctors' orders

Music legend and Beatles bass man Sir Paul McCartney has cancelled the remainder of his Japan tour on the orders of his doctors. According to the BBC on May 20, McCartney, 71, may be suffering from a virus.

Sir Paul McCartney has cancelled the balance of his Japan tour on the orders of his doctors
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According to McCartney’s web site, doctors have ordered him to have a “complete rest.” This goes contrary to Paul McCartney’s nature in that he “hates to let people down.” The cancellation affects the last two shows of his Out There Japan Tour 2014.

Get well messages from fans have been pouring in from all over. “Thank you so much for your kind messages of support,” McCartney said on his web site. "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."

The Out ThereTour began in May of 2013. McCartney just completed a tour of Latin America. The next leg of the tour will take him to South Korea, the first time he has ever played in that country. McCartney then heads for the U.S. playing in many cities, including Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans and Kansas City throughout the summer.

One of the cancelled concerts was scheduled for the Nippon Budokan concert hall in Tokyo. The Beatles first performed at this hall in 1966 during their first Japanese tour. It would almost be like coming home.

Organizer Kyodo Tokyo issued a statement saying that Sir Paul "will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable.” McCartney was overwhelmed with his welcome to Japan. He told his legions of fans, “Thank you for such a beautiful and warm welcome to your country.”

Sir James Paul McCartney’s name is known all over the world. After the breakup of the Beatles, he headlined the band Wings with his wife of 29 years, Linda Eastman. His solo work has won praise from everyone in the music industry. He released his latest album, “Kisses on the Bottom,” in 2012. The album featured some of the favorite songs from his childhood, among them "It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “My Valentine.”

Knighted in 1997, Paul McCartney is a fellow at the Royal College of Music. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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