by THOMAS O’SCANNELL Staff Writer
Seventy-one-year-old former Beatle Paul McCartney has left the hospital in Japan due to a virus and, in the process, cancelled the rest of his tour there.
McCartney left Japan on Monday, May 26, 2014, and was reportedly heading for London, England. Nothing else has been said about his whereabouts or intentions since.
On Sunday, May 18, a statement on McCartney’s official website said, “Doctors have ordered Paul complete rest and he has been doing all he can to get better. 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.”
Due to his condition, McCartney had to cancel his remaining tour in Asia; these dates included concerts on May 18 and 19, as well as shows at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (May 21), the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan (May 24), and the Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on May 28.
McCartney also recently rescheduled several other concerts in Japan before his hospitalization, saying, “I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding, I hope to see you all again soon. Love, Paul.”
McCartney would have to hope longer, however, as his condition worsened and he was soon hospitalized.
“Us, Paul and Beatle fans, are all hoping the best to come out of this,” says freshman Chris Preuster.
It was also reported that McCartney had tried to go against his doctor’s wishes about not performing, but was unable to do so; the official statement added, “his team, along with the doctors, wouldn’t allow it.”
However, it has been reported since that McCartney is in the process of completely returning to normal health.
“I’m glad to hear that Paul is okay, and hope that he will continue his music career!” says freshman Zach Jones.
Afterward, Japanese media said that McCartney had left their country on Monday, May 26, 2014, and was en-route to his native England. McCartney’s next tour dates begin on June 14, 2014 in the United States at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
As of now, it is unclear as to when or if the postponed Asian tour dates will be made up. McCartney has been hailed for cancelling very few concerts throughout his long and illustrious career.
The tour dates McCartney had cancelled were part of his current “Out There” world tour; this tour is being done in support of his most recent solo album, “New”, released on October 11, 2013.
McCartney continues to thank his many legions of fans for their patience and cooperation with his illness, and is still set to undergo the rest of his “Out There” tour.
What do you think will be done, if anything, about the tour dates McCartney missed in Japan and South Korea due to his illness?