Illness has forced Paul McCartney to postpone his concert tonight (May 17) at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The show, which was supposed to be the opening night of his tour of Japan, has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 19.

McCartney posted the news on his Facebook page and his website. The message was printed in both English and Japanese.

Thank you for such a beautiful and warm welcome to your country.

I've unfortunately had to postpone tonight’s show in Tokyo.

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.

Along with the doctors, I'm doing all I can to ensure I will be better for tomorrow night's show and the rest of my time in Japan.

We are planning to replay this show on Monday. I really hope you can make it.



McCartney is still scheduled to perform at the National Stadium tomorrow night. His Japanese tour, which was expected to feature a robot named "Newman," runs through May 28. He will spend the summer in the United States beginning June 14 at the United Spirit Center in Lubbock, Texas, the hometown of his hero, Buddy Holly.

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