Paul McCartney has cancelled the remainder of his Japanese tour dates, after falling ill with a virus.
The former Beatle had already called off two shows at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
Promotors announced today that two remaining shows, at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan on 21 May and the Nagai Stadium in Osaka on 24 May, have also been cancelled until further notice.
The news effectively calls off the entire Japanese leg of the Out There tour. McCartney's Japanese tour website gave information on how to get refunds for ticket purchases.
A spokesperson for McCartney said:
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.
McCartney also issued a statement:
I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again after we had such an amazing time here in November. 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.
McCartney is due to perform at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on 28 May. The tour then begins its third leg in North America on 14 June.
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