Paul McCartney has cancelled a performance in Tokyo following contraction of an illness. The performer posted a notice on his website Saturday detailing that he would be unable to perform due to to doctor’s orders, after he began to feel unwell the day prior to his performance. The notice, which was written in Japanese and English, began with the former Beatle expressing his gratitude for a “warm welcome” into the country. He then went on to explain that the concert would have to be postponed due to his “coming down with a virus,” and that he was very sorry to all his fans, “but the situation is out of my hands.” He assured that he was doing all he could in order to rehabilitate himself so he might be able to provide a replay show on Monday.
Tickets to the cancelled date will be valid on Monday, and a refund will also be made available. Ticket prices for the show range from 13,500 yen ($130) to 67,000 yen ($650). The 71-year-old musician was scheduled to play at Tokyo’s National Stadium as part of his tour in Japan.
McCartney is scheduled to perform at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka next Saturday, and Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday. He is then expected to perform in Seoul and a collection of U.S. cities, including Lubbock, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Social networking sites went down periodically due to the excessive traffic of fans reporting their grievances and/or well wishes for the performer to get better. McCartney has stated that he will do his best to avoid any cancellations of performances of his tour due to illness, including going against doctor’s orders which, according to Associated Press, he considered for his Tokyo performance, but his managers refused.
The news of McCartney canceling his performance following an illness, came after the release of the artist’s video for his new single Appreciate. The video was met with critical and audience acclaim upon its release. The setting for the video is a futuristic Museum of Man, where robots view exhibits of humans doing common everyday activities. A robot known as Newman happens upon Paul McCartney in an exhibit of a studio. The Beatle star then comes to life and serenades the robot with song and dance, teaching the cyborg how to dance and play guitar. Soon all the exhibits begin to partake in the song and dance during the crescendos of the tune. The video concludes with all the subjects going back to their exhibit spaces and returning to their still states.
The music video was presented by, computer industry standard, Microsoft. McCartney premiered the video in Japan, prior to the announcement of the performance cancellation following his illness. Appreciate comes from the singer-songwriter’s 16th studio solo album, New, which was released last October. The album was met with positive reactions from critics and the musical press. Upon its release, the album was selected by BBC Radio 2 as Record of the Week, and debuted number three on the North American charts with sales of 67,000 copies in the United States.
By Andres Loubriel