Ringo Starr says Paul McCartney is ‘getting fit and ready to rock’ after recent illness

McCartney was forced to cancel a string of US tour dates after contracting a virus

Ringo Starr has offered a health update on Paul McCartney after a recent illness forced him to cancel a spate of shows.

McCartney was recently struck down by a virus which saw him hospitalised in Tokyo, Japan. He subsequently postponed a series of shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville on his ‘Out There’ tour, which have now been rearranged for October.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Starr confirmed that his Beatles bandmate is recovering at home having been discharged from hospital. “I spoke to him in the hospital,” said Starr. “He picked up and said ‘hi.’ He’s doing OK. He was in hospital but now he’s out and getting fit and ready to rock. He’s doing good. I text him and he texts me back. “

A spokesperson for McCartney, who also had to cancel the Japan leg of his tour and a gig in South Korea, said that he was “fine” and insisted that “the tour resumes in July”. He is scheduled to play in Albany, New York on July 5.