Paul McCartney cancels more shows

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Paul McCartney cancels more shows
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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(Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney has canceled a run of five concerts in Japan and South Korea due to a viral infection, with doctors ordering him to rest, a spokesman for the British musician said on Thursday.

The U.S. leg of his "Out There" tour was expected to go ahead as scheduled starting in Lubbock, Texas, on June 14.

McCartney, 71, postponed two shows in Tokyo earlier this week due to illness and on Thursday canceled more concerts due to take place in Japan this week and South Korea next week.

"It has been confirmed that Paul will no longer play Seoul on Wednesday 28th which would have been his first-ever concert in South Korea," a statement from his publicist said.

His publicist declined to give any further details on his illness and his manager could not be immediately reached for comment.

McCartney rarely cancels concerts and said in a statement this week that he hated to disappoint his fans. He came to Japan after a South American tour.

McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are the two surviving members of the 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.

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