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Sir Paul McCartney cancels tour of Japan

Sir Paul McCartney on stage Credit: PA Images

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 "Doctors 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."