McCartney, hit by virus, cancels second Tokyo show

AFP-JIJI

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney canceled a second concert in Tokyo Sunday after contracting a virus and said he was sorry for letting fans down.

The 71-year-old English pop veteran had already canceled a planned performance at the National Stadium on Saturday, the day after coming down with an unspecified virus.

He had planned to play a concert there Sunday and another on Monday to make up for the canceled Saturday show, but his health did not improve.

“Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I’d be feeling better today,” McCartney said in a message posted on the official Facebook site for his Japan tour — Out There Japan Tour 2014.

“I’m so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down,” it said.

Although Sunday and Monday’s concerts were called off, McCartney is expected to go ahead with the tour’s two remaining concerts at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall on Wednesday and at Nagai stadium in Osaka on Saturday, organizers said.

“Doctors have ordered Paul complete rest and he has been doing all he can to get better,” a spokesperson for the former Beatle said.

“Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career and is so upset about this situation, he hates to let people down.”

McCartney flew into Tokyo after a short rest at home in London following a strenuous South American tour.

In an earlier tour of Japan in November last year, he was seen singing 39 songs non-stop without retreating backstage.