Sir Paul McCartney was forced to cancel the rest of his Japan tour, including a show at the famed Nippon Budokan, where the Fab Four first played in 1966, due to poor health.
The 71-year-old former Beatle could not go on with the show due to a worsening viral infection, concert organizers said.
McCartney was set to play five dates in Japan for his “Out There” tour. He initially postponed his two shows in Tokyo but eventually canceled them on doctor’s orders to take complete rest. He was set to play at the Budokan on Wednesday and in the western city of Osaka on Saturday.
In a statement, organizer Kyodo Tokyo said McCartney “will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable.”
The singer, who arrived in Tokyo on May 15, said he was “greatly looking forward to the concert” and that he was “upset about this situation” but it was “out of his hands.”
“To cancel these shows as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well,” McCartney said in a statement Tuesday. “I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding. I hope to see you all again soon.”
McCartney was set to play for the first time in South Korea but was forced to cancel his Korean tour as well due to illness.
By Maesie Bertumen
“Paul McCartney em Goiânia” by Across the Universe/Flickr
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