May 24, 2014 at 1:00 am

Grapevine: McCartney recovering in Tokyo

Paul McCartney attends Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution event. (Eugene Gologursky / Getty Images)

Macca on the mend

The reports out of Japan were alarming; after canceling some tour dates for his “Out There” tour in Japan, Paul McCartney had checked into a hospital when things went from bad to worse as he fought a viral infection. But all is under control now, the 71-year-old former Beatle’s team assured all, stating via his website “Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, 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.” A May 28 concert in Seoul, South Korea, was also scrapped. McCartney is supposed to head to the U.S. on June 14 for a series of concerts, including one in his idol Buddy Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

'Crazy Ones' canceled; Wolk to lens movie in June

James Wolk, the North Farmington High and U-M grad who startled “Mad Men” fans when he reappeared as the mysterious Bob Benson (the season finale airs at 10 p.m. Sunday), assured us that yes, he gets along with Vincent Kartheiser, who plays nemesis Pete Campbell. About those uber-preppie clothes he wears, especially the Madras plaid jackets: “I wish I could take credit for it,” says Wolk, 29, “but Janie Bryant (‘Mad Men’ costume designer) gets nominated year after year for awards. She has a really good sense of what the characters should be wearing, from the short shorts to the crazy jackets.”

The CBS series Wolk appeared in, “The Crazy Ones,” starring Robin Williams as a Chicago ad man, was canceled recently (Wolk played copy writer Zach Cropper). But Wolk enjoyed communing with fellow Detroiter Williams (a Detroit Country Day grad whose father was a Ford executive). And Williams’ “Mork and Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber, a North Farmington High grad herself, guest-starred on “The Crazy Ones” in April as a love interest for Williams. Wolk starts filming a movie in June: “a road trip comedy,” the actor says. “These brothers take their grandma out of her house and put her into a home. She fights against it and ends up running away.”


Cirque de Soleil announced that it is canceling several Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour dates, including the two-day engagement at The Palace of Auburn Hills on July 1-2. Customers who bought tickets by phone or online will receive an automatic refund. Those who bought tickets in person must return them to the point of purchase for a refund. For more information, call (248) 377-8601 or go to

Today's birthdays

Bob Dylan, 72

Joe Dumars, 50

Patti LaBelle, 69

Christine Estabrook, left, Christina Hendricks James Wolk in 'Mad Men.' (Justina Mintz / AMC)