UPDATED: Good news for worried Beatles fans: Paul McCartney has received “successful medical treatment” after being hospitalized for his viral infection, and is expected to make a full recovery.
A statement issued Thursday by McCartney’s rep Perri Cohen confirmed reports that he had been hospitalized in Tokyo due to his viral infection, and also reads that the 71-year-old former Beatle has been ordered by doctors to take a few days’ rest.
“Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo,” reads the statement. “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.”
Earlier, McCartney announced that he had to postpone several shows on his Japan tour, including the May 18-19 shows and ones scheduled for May 21 and May 24, because of the virus.
“Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight,” read a May 18 statement on McCartney’s website. “I was really hoping that I’d be feeling better today. I’m so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down.”
A May 28 show in Seoul was also postponed. There’s been no word on McCartney’s American dates for his Out There tour. The tour was scheduled to resume June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, and wrap up Aug. 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.