Virus forces McCartney to cancel Tokyo concert

AP

Paul McCartney came down with a virus and canceled his Tokyo concert Saturday, but he added a performance to make up for the axed show.

“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,” the former Beatle said on the official Facebook site for his “Out There Japan Tour 2014.”

McCartney said he felt sick Friday, and that doctors told him the following day to cancel his scheduled appearance that night at the National Stadium. But McCartney said he should be well enough for Sunday’s concert and Monday’s extra performance.

Organizers said tickets for Saturday’s show are valid for Monday’s, but that a refund will also be offered. Ticket prices range from ¥13,500 to ¥17,500, and an extra ¥67,000 payment allows entry into the sound check.

This week, McCartney is also scheduled to perform at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday, and at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka on Saturday. He will then play in Seoul, before hitting several U.S. venues, including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Some disappointed Japanese fans grumbled on social networking sites that they had traveled for hours from out of town, while others expressed hopes for McCartney’s swift recovery. The online sites periodically went down Saturday from excessive traffic.

“We are planning to replay this show on Monday. I really hope you can make it. Love, Paul,” McCartney said on the tour’s Facebook site.