McCartney still ill, cancels South Korea concert

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Japanese fans gather in front of a hotel where Paul McCartney is staying on May 20, 2014 in Tokyo. Former Beatle Paul McCartney cancelled his tour of Japan because of a debilitating virus has laid him up in a Tokyo hotel, organisers said May 20, disappointing thousands of the 71-year-old musical legend's fans. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese fans gather in front of a hotel where Paul McCartney is staying on May 20, 2014 in Tokyo. Former Beatle Paul McCartney cancelled his tour of Japan because of a debilitating virus has laid him up in a Tokyo hotel, organisers said May 20, disappointing thousands of the 71-year-old musical legend's fans. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
British music legend Paul McCartney greets fans and journalists upon his arrival at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 15, 2014. McCartney is to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall on May 21, marking his first return to the venue since appearing there with The Beatles in 1966. AFP PHOTO/Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
British music legend Paul McCartney (C) introduces a robot to fans upon his arrival at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 15, 2014. McCartney is to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall on May 21, marking his first return to the venue since appearing there with The Beatles in 1966. AFP PHOTO/Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
British music legend Paul McCartney (L) signs his autograph to fans upon his arrival at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 15, 2014. McCartney is to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall on May 21, marking his first return to the venue since appearing there with The Beatles in 1966. AFP PHOTO/Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 18: Fans line up for the gift shop after the cancellation of the Paul McCartney show due to be held at National Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Paul McCartney, who cancelled a show on May 17 after coming down with a virus, announced today that he was unable to recover to perform either on May 18 and May 19. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 18: Fan takes a photograph of the sign announcing the cancellation of the Paul McCartney show due to be held at National Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Paul McCartney, who cancelled a show on May 17 after coming down with a virus, announced today that he was unable to recover to perform either on May 18 and May 19. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney greets fans and journalists upon his arrival at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 15, 2014. McCartney is to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall on May 21, marking his first return to the venue since appearing there with The Beatles in 1966. AFP PHOTO/Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Paul McCartney has canceled his concert in South Korea next week due to the virus-caused illness that forced him to call off his entire Japan tour, organizers said Wednesday.

The former Beatle, who turns 72 next month, had planned to hold concerts in Japan and South Korea as part of his world tour.

"I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first time and I'm sorry to be letting fans down," McCartney was quoted as saying in a statement released by Seoul-based Hyundai Card Co. Ltd., an organizer for his South Korea concert. "I'm very disappointed by this and hope to be able to visit soon."

The statement said that "Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable."

Organizers said McCartney's side didn't give them details about his illness.

Hyundai Card officials said they would offer a refund on the tickets, which range from about $55 to $290.

McCartney was scheduled to perform at a Seoul stadium on May 28. It would have been his first concert in South Korea.

His illness caused him to miss his four scheduled concerts in Japan, including two in Tokyo this past weekend.

McCartney is scheduled next month to take his act to the U.S., where he will hit several venues over a two-month span.

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