Paul McCartney Hospitalized in Tokyo, Forced to Cancel Tour of Asia

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:05 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Paul McCartney was hospitalized in Tokyo last week with a virus infection, and now he's been forced cancel his remaining Japanese concert dates and scheduled shows in South Korea.

Despite no official confirmation of the 71-year-old ex-Beatle's hospitalization, fans began to gather outside of the unidentified hospital this week, Reuters reported via The Sankei Sports newspaper. McCartney has reportedly been in Japan since May 15.

"Thank you for such a beautiful and warm welcome to your country," McCartney wrote on his website over the weekend. "I came down with a virus on Friday and following a visit from doctors, I've been told not to perform tonight. 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."

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Even though McCartney had hoped to do a makeup concert, his handlers eventually canceled the remaining Japan and South Korean dates, wrote The Associated Press.

"It has been confirmed that Paul will no longer play Seoul on Wednesday, May 28, which would have been his first-ever concert in South Korea," read a statement from his publicist.

The AP noted that the tickets, some costing as much as $1,000 each, will be refunded.

"I was surprised at the beginning when I first heard about the cancellations of concerts but now I hear that he's hospitalized and I'm worried more about the state of Paul's illness rather than the concerts," fan Kenichi Yamamoto told Reuters.

McCartney is scheduled to play 19 U.S. dates later on this summer, according to the AP. The first U.S. concert is set for Lubbock, Texas, on June 14, according to Reuters.

The Beatles, one of the most successful bands in music history, broke up in 1970. McCartney and Ringo Starr are the last surviving members of the foursome. The Beatles, which also included the late John Lennon and George Harrison, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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