Today in who’s cancelling shows due to illness: Paul McCartney, Janelle Monae

Much like Martian invaders, the only thing that can stop our rock stars from conquering the world is illness. Such is the case with Sir Paul McCartney, as the former Beatles legend was forced to postpone a series of shows in Japan this week due to an undisclosed but probably sushi-related illness.

“Doctors have ordered Paul complete rest and he has been doing all he can to get better,” read a message on the singer’s official website announcing the postponements. The statement goes on to say that, courageously, McCartney “was going to try and perform tonight against doctors orders, but his team, along with the doctors, wouldn't allow it.” The statement also notes that, "Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career,” despite the 71-year-old’s rigorous touring schedule.

Saying that he is “so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down,” McCartney has instructed his team to look into rescheduling options for the concerts, which were slated for May 18-19 at the Tokyo National stadium. He also scratched tonight’s scheduled performance at the legendary Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, as well as a May 24 show at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai.

In a related reminder that musicians are also vulnerable to the colds and viruses that plague us all, eclectic R&B singer Janelle Monae has also cancelled several Australian shows after coming down with a “sudden illness,” theoretically the same dastardly pan-Asian virus that’s sidelining Macca, though we’re just speculating here. According to her reps, Monae has been “required to remain in Melbourne under medical supervision to assess her recovery.”

Her show on Saturday night in Melbourne was cancelled at the last moment, even as fans packed into the venue to see the “Tightrope” singer. She also cancelled a show scheduled for Monday at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, although ticket-holders for her show Thursday at Tivoli in Brisbane are being told to “retain their ticket” upon further announcement. As for make-up dates, her reps said the singer is “working to secure a rescheduled performance date later this week.”

Here’s wishing both performers a speedy recovery.