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Sir Paul McCartney cancels US tour dates

File photo of Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Sir Paul McCartney has been forced to postpone US dates on his world tour as he continues to recover from a virus.

The former Beatle, who turns 72 later this month, cancelled a string of gigs in Japan and South Korea last month.

He has now said that he will be following doctors' orders to recover fully before he takes to the stage again.

McCartney 'moved' by well-wishers after illness

Sir Paul McCartney said he was "extremely moved" by the messages of support he has received after he was struck down by an illness that forced him to cancel a string of gigs.

The 71-year-old former Beatle pulled out of tour dates in Japan and South Korea after contracting a virus.

He has been treated for the illness at a Tokyo hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Sir Paul pulled out of the shows after doctors ordered "complete rest". Credit: PA

A statement released on behalf of Sir Paul said: "Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo.

"He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world."

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Sir Paul said: "I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone for South Africa's transition to democracy.

Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

"I never actually got to meet him although I wished I could have done and, in fact, I would say he is the greatest man I never met ".

Paul McCartney fills Covent Garden with surprise gig

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Covent Garden was packed with fans and tourists. Credit: PA

Thousands of people gathered in the cobbled Covent Garden piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.

Sir Paul McCartney played songs from his new album. Credit: PA

Onlookers started gathering at around 11am after they twigged the musician may be playing after spotting one of his flight cases. The truck - forming his makeshift stage - pulled into the square at about 6am, with stacks of speakers set up in front.

Fans filmed much of the concert on their phones. Credit: PA
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