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Paul McCartney Hospitalized in Japan for Viral Infection

“Complete recovery” expected

Sir Paul McCartney, 71, was hospitalized in a Tokyo hospital after a viral illness caused him to cancel tour dates in Japan and South Korea earlier this week.

USA Today reports (via The Sankei Sports newspaper in Japan) that the former Beatle was admitted to the hospital after canceling the tour dates when his condition worsened.  However, Sir Paul has reportedly responded well to treatment; he is expected to recover and resume his tour in June.

McCartney’s spokesperson Perri Cohen released a statement: “Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo.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.”

The singer had been in the midst of his “Out There” tour in support of his album New when he first contracted the virus—an illness which essentially ended the Asian leg of the tour.  Sir Paul is currently scheduled to pick up his tour in June with 18 shows in the U.S. over the summer.

(Photo: Fiona/Flickr/Wikimedia)

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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