Paul McCartney

Recent news of Paul McCartney canceling his Out There Japan Tour 2014 has Japanese fans a little upset, not because they won’t be able to hear “Eight Days a Week” in person, but because of just how often the singer/songwriter/legend doesn’t follow through. Even Paul admits how cool everyone’s been about the canceled concerts, stating, “I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding.” Because who can blame the guy, when you’re sick you’re sick, right? And tickets are being refunded, the most expensive of which cost a whopping 100,000 yen (US$984). But it isn’t his sudden illness that has fans outraged, it’s a single photo that’s been floating around on the internet, showing that Paul has canceled on the country of Japan 51 percent of the time.

It all started back in 1975 when the Japanese leg of the Wings Over the World tour was canceled by local authorities because of Paul’s 1972 arrest in Sweden for possession of marijuana. Plagued by denied visa requests, Paul finally made it back to Japan in 1980, only to be found with 200g of marijuana at Narita International Airport. Instead of the planned 11-city tour, Paul spent nine days in the Tokyo Narcotics Detention Center. He wouldn’t return to Japan for another 10 years.

▼ Paul McCartney speaks about his time incarcerated in Japan.

After finally being allowed back into the country in 1990, Paul’s scheduled 7-day tour was cut short by one day due to an illness and two other concert dates were rescheduled.

Now that Paul has once again fallen ill upon arriving in Japan, the canceling of his 2014 tour dates does not bode well for his success rate in the country, which is what inspired the creation of the following image, illustrating just how many times Paul’s concerts in Japan have been canceled or rescheduled:

Canceled tour dates McCartney

The image claims that of the 39 total concerts scheduled in Japan over the years, 17 have been canceled and three rescheduled, meaning 51 percent of the time, Japanese ticket holders were unable to see Paul perform on the scheduled date (and in most cases they didn’t get to see him at all).

Yikes! No wonder Japan is feeling a bit snubbed by the 71-year-old performer. And it would have been so nice to see Paul play as scheduled at the Nippon Budokan hall, the same venue the Beatles performed at during their first Japan tour in 1966. But if it’s any consolation, we can all search around on Twitter for hazy, out of focus pictures taken at his concerts held in Japan in November of last year…

Paul McCartney JapanSource: Twitter (Paul_Rockshow)

Paul McCartney Japan2Source: Twitter (file_under)

Paul McCartney Japan3Source: Twitter (isshie_t)

Paul McCartney Japan4Source: Twitter (s_uemura)

▼ “You say hello I say goodbye.”

Paul McCartney Japan5Source: Twitter (geb02415)

Source: Agohige Kaizokudan
References: Wikipedia, Ultimate Classic Rock, History, Out There Japan Tour
Featured image: Wikimedia (Eddie Janssens)