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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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McCartney: Mandela 'the greatest man I never met'

Sir Paul McCartney has said Nelson Mandela "was one of the great men of all time" and he wished they had met.

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 ".

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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

Sir Paul McCartney plays surprise Covent Garden 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.

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of new tracks from the back of a truck.

Onlookers started gathering at around 11am after they twigged the musician may be playing after spotting one of his flight cases.

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Mid-performance autograph plea stuns McCartney

An avid autograph hunter picked an unusual time to ask for Sir Paul McCartney's signature - in the middle of a live performance being broadcast by the BBC.

The fan was in the audience of only around 200 people, made up of listeners and guests, who were watching the intimate show at the Maida Vale studios in west London.

Sir Paul McCartney was in the middle of his set when the autograph hunter asked for his signature. Credit: Briquet-Orban/ABACA/Press Association Images

Sir Paul seemed bemused by the request as he played a handful of new and old songs during a session for BBC Radio 6 Music, at the studios he last visited in the 1960s with The Beatles.

"What? Now?" he asked the cheeky fan. "I love it - there's one in every crowd. As if I don't have enough to do to remember the songs and the chords."

McCartney played songs on new album to his wife first

Sir Paul McCartney told ITV's Daybreak that he played the material on his new album to his wife Nancy first.

The 71-year-old said: "I started writing these new ones a couple of years ago when I was first going out with Nancy.

"I used to ring her up each morning and I knew because of the time difference, she was in New York, that I had a few hours to write something and then I would ring her up and say do you want to listen to a song."

His latest album New is released on October 14.

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