Paul McCartney has literally become the “Band on the Run” due to coming down with a nasty virus.
The 71-year-old former Beatle had to cancel his entire Japan tour because of the illness. The singer originally only nixed his Tokyo concert, set to take place last Saturday, for which he planned to hold a makeup concert on Monday.
"I am very sorry to all my fans as I was greatly looking forward to the concert, but the situation is out of my hands," he stated on the official Facebook site for his "Out There Japan Tour 2014."
Now, however, McCartney’s organizers say that he isn’t well enough to perform any of the shows, including the performance that is slated for Wednesday at Nippon Budokan hall, where the Beatles played during their first Japan tour in 1966.
The singer’s doctors have ordered him to stay under “complete rest.”
Tokyo National Stadium shows to be postponed - here is the statement pic.twitter.com/a7m3HpYCnY
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) May 18, 2014
My mom who told me: “I read in news that Paul McCartney..“ and she stopped her sentence like that so I was so afraid he was dead :c
— Loki (@bloodyypeasant) May 20, 2014
Paul McCartney is canceling his Japanese tour due to illness. He released a statement, "I have a virus. Koo koo ka choo. Koo koo ka choo."
— Tom Compton (@drivewaydranker) May 20, 2014
— Garrett Hunter (@GarrettHunter) May 20, 2014
He is still hoping he can perform a concert set for May 28 in Seoul, South Korea at Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium, in addition to his 19 U.S. performances.
McCartney fell ill this past Friday with a virus doctors refuse to comment any further on.
Fans paid small fortunes to witness the singer take the stage. Ticket prices ranged from 13,500 yen ($130) to 17,500 yen ($170), and an extra 67,000 yen ($650) payment granted entry into the sound check.
Some fans traveled across Japan to make the show and aired their disappointment on social media sites. However, many simply want the legend to get better.
"I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding," McCartney said in a statement. "I hope to see you all again soon. Love, Paul."
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