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Beatles legend Paul McCartney cancels Japanese tour leg due to illness

Published 20/05/2014 | 07:20

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Sir Paul McCartney has cancelled his Japan tour after being ill with a virus
Sir Paul McCartney has cancelled his Japan tour after being ill with a virus
Paul McCartney with Newman the robot, who was created by the team behind War Horse, in his new video. He was due to bring Newman on tour. Photo credit should read: Mary McCartney/PA Wire
Paul McCartney with Newman the robot, who was created by the team behind War Horse, in his new video
Paul McCartney with Newman the robot, who was created by the team behind War Horse, in his new video

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has cancelled his Japanese "Out There" tour due to a worsening viral infection and requires complete rest, concert organizers said on Tuesday.

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There was no word on what would happen to the rest of his Asian tour. His next show is set for Seoul on May 28.

McCartney, 71, had already cancelled two Tokyo performances but was set to play at the fabled Budokan on Wednesday and in the western city of Osaka on Saturday. He last toured Japan in November for a series of packed concerts.

"I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again after we had such an amazing time here in November," he said in a statement, adding that it was "hugely disappointing."

"I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding."

McCartney fell ill after arriving in Japan last week. Organizers said on Tuesday that doctors have ordered him to take "complete rest."

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