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Paul McCartney follows doctors' orders and reschedules dates on world tour

Published 09/06/2014 | 22:16

Undated handout photo issued by DawBell of Paul McCartney with Newman the robot, who was created by the team behind War Horse, in his new video. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 16, 2014. The giant puppet appears alongside the musician in the Night At The Museum-style promo for new single Appreciate which was shown for the first time today. The 71-year-old star had initially come up with the idea for a towering robotic figure for the album cover for his most recent release New last year, but it eventually ended up in the video. See PA story SHOWBIZ McCartney. Photo credit should read: Mary McCartney/PA Wire

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Paul McCartney with Newman the robot, who was created by the team behind War Horse, in his new video. Photo: Mary McCartney/PA Wire

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, following his doctors' orders as he recovers from a viral illness after falling ill in Japan last month, has rescheduled some U.S. dates on his world tour.

"I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for a few more days," McCartney said in a statement released today.

He is expected to make a complete recovery.

The 71-year-old Grammy-winning musician canceled his sold-out "Out There" tour dates in Japan and a concert in South Korea after being hospitalized for the illness.

The tour will resume in Albany, N.Y., on July 5. Concerts are scheduled from June 14-26 in Lubbock, Texas; Dallas; New Orleans; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky, have been rescheduled in October.

All tickets for the original shows will be honored for the new dates, according to the statement.

McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are the only surviving members of the Liverpool band that shot to international prominence and made their U.S. television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 50 years ago. The group's last public appearance together was in 1969.

After the group split up, McCartney formed the band "Wings" and has also had a long and successful solo career.

Reuters

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