Paul McCartney axes further dates to recover from virus

Doctors advise 71-year-old musician to skip a fortnight of US dates and 'take it easy for just a few more days'

Paul McCartney has cancelled two more weeks of tour dates as he continues to recover from a virus he contracted in mid-May. The 71-year-old musician will skip the first fortnight of his forthcoming US trip, opting to "take it easy for just a few more days".

"I'm sorry, but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again," McCartney said in a statement. "I'm feeling great, but taking my docs' advice to take it easy."

Instead of returning to the stage for a 14 June gig in Lubbock, Texas, the former Beatle is now slated to launch his tour in Albany, New York on 5 July. He was previously forced to axe four concerts in Japan and his first show in South Korea.

McCartney's viral infection has been hard to shake. Although the singer was hospitalised in Tokyo on 20 May, his spokesman promised "a complete recovery" after "a few days rest". McCartney was reportedly released from hospital and left Japan before the week was out.

If he has recovered by 14 August, McCartney will play an historic gig at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Almost 50 years after the stadium hosted the Beatles' last full concert, McCartney will headline the final show before the venue is scheduled to be demolished.

McCartney's 16th solo album, New, was released last October.

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