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Paul McCartney cancels remaining concerts in Japan

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Paul McCartney has cancelled the remaining two concerts of his Japan tour due to an unspecified illness.

The 71-year-old English pop veteran had already cancelled a planned performance at the National Stadium last Saturday, the day after coming down with a virus. He then canceled a concert in Tokyo on Sunday as well as a concert rescheduled for Monday.

On Tuesday, promoters said McCartney's two remaining concerts at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan hall on Wednesday and at Yanmar Nagai Stadium in Osaka on Saturday, had also been canceled.

A spokesperson for Paul McCartney said: "Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancelation is unavoidable. He was hoping to be better but the doctors have ordered him complete rest. Paul has been extremely moved by the messages from his fans and is upset to be letting them down. All possibilities to find a solution to reschedule these shows as soon as possible are being explored."

McCartney also issued a statement saying, "I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again after we had such an amazing time here in November. So to cancel these shows as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well. 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 flew into Tokyo after a short rest at home in London following a strenuous South American tour. He is scheduled to play in South Korea next week.

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That's a shame. And quite expensive for Paul.

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I am sorry.. Even the surgically altered wig wearing McCartney needs to retire. He is too old for touring.. He is misinforming people about what they are getting with their ticket. It's not the Beatles, its not Wings, it's a tired old man who is trying to scrape a few last gold coins out of the golden goose. I feel sorry for him.

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He is sick and no smoking gun this time. "All you need, is (love!) to know thyself better, and do not over do it.

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He is 71. Give him a break. If you book a ticket for his concert, you take the risk. As for money, he can afford the loss. I hope he had a good time in Japan.

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Yes he is 71 mystifies me why people want to see this old geezer sing the same tired repertoire. Hasn't really done anything worthwhile since the Beatles anyway.

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Here's an alternative explanation from your sour, cynical opinion JoshuYaki. He's got more dough than you can ever dream of having so he isn't doing it for the money. He just loves performing and playing his music. Maybe he even has some nostalgia for his Beatles days. What's more, plenty of people, young and old want to see and hear him live. You wouldn't have made such negative comments, would you, about Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald who continued performing to the end.

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All of you with your out of place comments need to be deleted from this space. If you don't know nothing about Paul McCartney's incredible trajectory as a musician then keep your nasty uneducated comments to yourself. Sir Paul is not touring because his an old geezer trying to make some money....wow. I'm so beyond myself after reading this. If you haven't seen the show, you don't know what you are missing, his energy on stage does not compare to any one. At 71 years old he is on top of his rocking game!!!!

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Age has nothing to do with it. He's only 71. Anyone, young or old, can come down with a virus and some of them can be very, very, debilitating, For weeks or even months after the retching has stopped and the temperature has returned to normal, you can feel like hell.

Get well soon Sir Paul. Though I'll never forgive you for marrying that Linda instead of waiting for me to be old enough.

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@JoshuYaki

You are SO WRONG. You obviously haven't been to a PM concert lately. He tours for his fans now, and he ALWAYS puts on awesome concerts. He certainly does not need the money.

I feel sorry for him.

I feel sorry for you.

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Could not agree with "JoshuYaki" more. And, Kajima Seibei, never forget this classic, Q: "How much is enough?" A: "More."

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I am sorry.. Even the surgically altered wig wearing McCartney needs to retire. He is too old for touring.. He is misinforming people about what they are getting with their ticket. It's not the Beatles, its not Wings, it's a tired old man who is trying to scrape a few last gold coins out of the golden goose. I feel sorry for him.

What a horrible thing to say, if McCartney wasn't up for the job, he would never have attempted to come to Japan. I truly admire him. Not that he needs the money. He is a multi-Billionaire with a capitol "B." You tell me how many 71 year olds with that kind of energy that can fill up a stadium, let alone entertain a huge audience for a few hours. Give the man some credit. The man is a legend an icon and worth the money. And even after he is gone, how many people will still play his music in the next hundred years? You think AKB will be remembered? You just don't get musicians like Paul anymore and probably won't for a very, very long time. If you don't like the guy, it's your right, but if I can reach 71 and be as fit as him, I will NOT complain. Hope Mr. McCartney has a speedy recovery.

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Age has nothing to do with it. He's only 71.

are you trying to be ironic? age has EVERYTHING to do with it. it's no secret that older people have a harder time getting over simple illnesses. senior citizens (yes, he is one) die all the time because of minor ailments.

i do hope he is able to recover soon. fan or not, he deserves some common decency.

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That's a shame. And quite expensive for Paul.

Paul's not paying for it, the local promotion company touring him on is.

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Get well soon, Mr. McCartney. At his advanced age, touring the world and performing for a few hours a night would be very taxing physically. I know a few elderly Japanese who are eagerly hoping he somehow makes it back to these shores down the track!

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age has EVERYTHING to do with it. it's no secret that older people have a harder time getting over simple illnesses.

Mmm, not necessarily. When my whole family came down with a particularly nasty virus, the least affected and the first to recover was my (at the time) 86-yo mil. The 2yo retched and heaved and carried on playing, and it was the so-called prime-of-life 20-somethings who had the worst of it and who took longer to get back on their feet.

If Sir Paul had done a couple of concerts and then collapsed with exhaustion, the folk saying he needs to retire/he's too old to tour might have a point; but to blame the effects of a virus on old age is barking up the wrong tree.

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To all saying he is too old I have this to say: I am not fan of him but he is hundred times better than some of the new musicians and idols we have to listen today!

I would be very happy to see him live but he is just too expensive !!! This is my only objection...

I've been to 3 big concerts this year and from what I hear his show last November beats them all. I can only envy people who could see him!

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Sometimes I like you, Bass. <3

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mystifies me why people want to see this old geezer sing the same tired repertoire.

You're obviously too easily mystified. If only you'd stopped to think. Paul McCartney is a living legend and the "same tired repertoire" includes some of the greatest popular music ever written; music that will probably be played as long as humans inhabit the earth.

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John: "That's a shame. And quite expensive for Paul."

Not at all. The man is the single-most richest entertainer in the world. He lets people, against the concert contrators' wishes, take photos and video during performances instead of denying them and forcing them to buy jacked up memorabilia from stalls outside the venue, and is a genuine and very good person, it seems. It is a shame that he had to cancel due to sickness, and sorry Cloe, but the older a person gets, the worse a sickness is likely to linger -- not always the case, but far more likely.

Get well soon, Mr. McCartney. I know more than one person who has had their concert tickets cancelled (was a little shocked that they did not get their money back straight away!), but all of them said they hope for your speedy recovery and know that the sickness leading to the cancellation cannot be helped.

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Sir Paul is not touring because his an old geezer trying to make some money.

Are You sure? The cheapest Ticket in my country was 83USD whereas the most expensive was 1050 USD

I do think he's a great artist, but I wouldn't pay that much

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Yes he is 71 mystifies me why people want to see this old geezer sing the same tired repertoire. Hasn't really done anything worthwhile since the Beatles anyway.

You sound like an old geezer yourself criticizing what type of music of people listen to. I don't listen to his music but know he has more talent in his pinky than your favorite artist.

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Well... I'm 38 and I have had an awful time shifting this bastard sore throat/swollen glands. It's taken near enough a fortnight. I can sympathise, and I don't even like him ;-)

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The tour promoter didn't pay for band, crew and equipment to travel halfway around the world. That's expensive. Even if you're a billionaire.

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I remember reading somewhere that McCartney doesn't tour so much for the money as for the pleasure of performing for his fans. You've got to take your hat off to Paul for that. Perhaps he should scale it down, but he's a legend and deserves to be respected. If he wants to try and perform when he's a hundred and one, all I can say is that I hope I'm there, even if it's iffy concerning whether he's gonna play or not.

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bass4funk May. 20, 2014 - 02:22PM JST You tell me how many 71 year olds with that kind of energy that can fill up a stadium, let alone entertain a huge audience for a few hours.

Few years ago, Mick Jagger and the Rollling Stones drew 1.5 million fans at a free concert on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. As great as McCartney is, I doubt he can top that.

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Few years ago, Mick Jagger and the Rollling Stones drew 1.5 million fans at a free concert on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. As great as McCartney is, I doubt he can top that.

That's the key word: FREE. If McCartney were having a free concert, I think even the Pope would attend, of course he could most likely top that.

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Joshuyaki indeed its not the Beatles nor wings... But it's a very talented old man who loves what he is doing... Maybe you don't have one that's why you won't understand. Its not a 9-18:00 job. Show cancellations always happen even young artists cancel their shows sometimes.

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bass4funk May. 21, 2014 - 05:51AM JST That's the key word: FREE. If McCartney were having a free concert, I think even the Pope would attend, of course he could most likely top that.

It's always the questions of who is better, the Beatles or Rolling Stones. They are both legends. I saw and talked to Lawrence Jubler, a former lead guitarlist for a decade with Paul McCartney and the Wings at a small nightclub about five years ago, that was attended by about 75 people. It was a pleasure to watch. He played only acoustic guitar and no singing, but a great guitarlist. Probably all the current Paul McCartney's band member must be a great musicians.

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He is only to old if you have the "Japanese" mind set. everywhere else in the world your only as old as you feel. This country dictates when to marry,when to have children, work like a slave,retire,then wither away. God bless you Paul for keeping the dream alive.There are lots of people young and old who will continue to follow you.

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Let it be...The oji-chan was too buggered from the flight over.I wanna see when he departs.But I expect tv coverage will respect his wishes and show nothing,in contrast to his arrival.

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@stormcrowMAY. 21, 2014 - 02:05AM JST

I remember reading somewhere that McCartney doesn't tour so much for the money as for the pleasure of performing for his fans.

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I read that kind of article many times. He loves to interfaces with fans. He probably loves Japan and Japan's fans, too. How many paid audience will affect promoters, not singers with specified contract, BTW, 71 + years old singers and TV entertainers who appear on US commercials are plenty, Some are over 90 years old. Paul is about 10 years younger than Yoko Ono who goes all over in the world to promote her some kind of cause.

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