Virus-hit McCartney cancels tour

Banbury Cake: Paul McCartney has cancelled a tour because of illness. Paul McCartney has cancelled a tour because of illness.

Sir Paul McCartney has apologised for "letting my fans down" after cancelling his tour of Japan because of illness.

The former Beatle cancelled one show after falling ill with a virus last week but has now cancelled the whole tour.

A statement on his website said "Do ctors 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."

It said McCartney had wanted to perform " against doctors orders" but was convinced not to.

He said: " Thank you so much for your kind messages of support. I'm so very touched. 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."

The 71-year-old is still scheduled to perform in Seoul, South Korea, on May 28 followed by 19 gigs in the United States.

He recently teamed up with the team behind War Horse who created a robot for his latest video and the now-cancelled live shows.

The giant puppet, called Newman, appears alongside the musician in the Night At The Museum-style promo for new single Appreciate.

In the film, Newman is on patrol in a futuristic museum in which humans are on display and he sees Sir Paul in one of the cases. The pair go on to walk around the gallery and the other exhibits come to life.

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10:58am Tue 20 May 14

Ally F says...

Probably a blessing, Sir Paul should heed the advice and follow the example of other notable pop and rock stars who have quit while at the top of their profession.

His last few public performances have been toe curlingly out of tune, musically very mediocre and lack lustre. Paul, you've done very well over your long and illustrious career, but you no longer have the stage presence or brilliance you once had. As the old saying goes; 'the time to leave the stage is when the audience is still applauding'
Probably a blessing, Sir Paul should heed the advice and follow the example of other notable pop and rock stars who have quit while at the top of their profession. His last few public performances have been toe curlingly out of tune, musically very mediocre and lack lustre. Paul, you've done very well over your long and illustrious career, but you no longer have the stage presence or brilliance you once had. As the old saying goes; 'the time to leave the stage is when the audience is still applauding' Ally F
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1:45pm Tue 20 May 14

Dr Martin says...

More dates in Uruguay Paul?
More dates in Uruguay Paul? Dr Martin
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10:17pm Tue 20 May 14

Dr Martin says...

Still sore about 1980?
Still sore about 1980? Dr Martin
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