McCartney, 71, called off his sold-out Japan tour this week
after postponing several concerts, much to the disappointment of
fans - some of whom had paid 100,000 yen ($980) to see him. He
later canceled a concert set for South Korea next week.
"The shock was huge when I heard the two concerts which I had
bought tickets for were both canceled," said Shinichi Noguchi,
40, who had come to the Tokyo hotel where McCartney was believed
to be staying.
"It's good to hear he's recovering and I'll be happy if he can
come to Japan again in the near future."
McCartney spokeswoman Perri Cohen said in a statement on
Thursday that McCartney had been treated successfully at a Tokyo
hospital for the viral infection, which he came down with a day
after his arrival in Japan last week.
"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,"
McCartney, who rarely cancels concerts, said in a statement
earlier this week that he hated to disappoint his fans. He came
to Japan after a South American tour.
"I hope he fully recovers and will give us a concert in the near
future," said Fumio Ito, 66. "Fingers crossed."
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The dearth of news about McCartney's condition on Thursday prompted
concern among fans around the world, particularly when the only new
comment posted on his Twitter account was an old photo of him with a
"We want to know about Paul's health!" one fan tweeted.
McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are the two surviving members of
the super-successful Beatles, which broke up in 1970.
A native of Liverpool who largely taught himself how to play,
McCartney has been known for a long and versatile musical life that
included a stint with the band "Wings" after the Beatles, followed
by a flourishing solo career.
His song "Yesterday" is one of the most covered songs of all time.
In 1980, on arriving in Japan for a tour with "Wings", McCartney was
arrested and jailed for some nine days after customs officials found
marijuana in his luggage. He was then deported without being
(Reporting by Hyun Oh and Elaine Lies; Editing by Ron Popeski)
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