Date
25 September 2017
A man poses for a photo in front of a truck with an advertisement for singer Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour, after the cancellation of McCartney's concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
A man poses for a photo in front of a truck with an advertisement for singer Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour, after the cancellation of McCartney's concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Hi, bye! McCartney disappoints Japanese fans

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney arrived in Tokyo last Friday for a much-awaited concert tour, but will be leaving without setting foot on stage, disappointing hordes of Japanese fans.

The reason for the cancellation of the shows: the music icon contracted a virus soon after arriving in the country.

McCartney was scheduled to play three shows in Tokyo and one in Osaka during his Out There Japan Tour 2014, but has canceled all the events as he is “still not feeling better”, the Wall Street Journal quoted a representative as saying.

The music legend was scheduled to perform Wednesday at the Budokan, the Tokyo venue where the Beatles first played in Japan in 1966.

“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,” McCartney said in a statement. “I hope to see you all again soon.”

Tickets for the shows, including arena seats at the Budokan costing 100,000 yen (about US$1,000), had been sold out, the Journal said. Refunds of the tickets will start on May 22, tour promoter Kyodo Tokyo was quoted as saying.

There was no word on what will happen to the rest of his Asian tour. His next show is set for Seoul on May 28.

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