Paul McCartney Cancels Rest of Japanese Tour Due to Illness

Former Beatle still under doctor's orders to rest after coming down with a possible virus

Paul McCartney performs in New York City.
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May 20, 2014 11:40 AM ET

UPDATE: McCartney has been forced to cancel next week's show in South Korea due to his illness. "I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first time and I'm sorry to be letting fans down," McCartney said in a statement.

Paul McCartney has canceled the rest of his Japanese tour — including a show at the famed Nippon Budokan, where the Beatles played in 1966 — due to poor health, MTV reports. The former Beatle is under doctor's orders for "complete rest" in order to ward off a suspected virus.

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In a statement, organizer Kyodo Tokyo said McCartney "will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable".

The virus already forced McCartney to postpone a handful of shows, and in a previously released statement, the musician said he was "really looking forward to playing Japan again." He continued, "Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I'd be feeling better today. I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down."

McCartney's illness comes on the heels of a trek through South America in support of his 2013 album New. He's expected to return to the stage on May 28th for a show in Seoul, South Korea, and will then bring his Out There tour back to the United States for a string of dates this summer, starting June 14th in Lubbock, Texas.

In lighter McCartney news, the former Beatle recently offered fans a whimsical video for his song "Appreciate" last week. In the clip, McCartney busts a move through "The Museum of Man" alongside an android security guard named Newman, whom the musician says he came up with in a dream.

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