Morrissey cancels U.S. tour over ongoing medical problems: ‘I hope this isn’t the end’
Morrissey’s trouble-plagued and oft-postponed North American tour has come to an end asPitchfork reports the former Smiths singer, citing “medical mishaps,” has decided to pull the plug on the remaining 24 dates of the trek, a good number of which already had been rescheduled not once but twice since originally being set last fall.
UPDATE 3/16/13: According to a statement posted to True to You on Saturday, there are “no plans to continue” with Morrissey’s U.S. tour due to his “ongoing medical problems,” and the dates won’t be rescheduled. The singer himself says, “I hope this isn’t the end, and I hope there will be other chances.”
Morrissey’s full statement:
“It takes a lifetime to find the right words, and at the moment, I haven’t got them. I’ve been a colossal pain where this continuously unpredictable illness is concerned, and now the physical limits have been reached. The tour had, in fact, been fantastic for all of us – a new slice of life full of concentrated power. The audiences everywhere have given so much, although I know that neither of us will ever receive our due. I hope this isn’t the end, and I hope there will be other chances, minus the heavy burden of illness. Knots of grief today, but full of resolve for tomorrow.”Morrissey, Mexico, 16 March
The singer’s reps, in a press release issued Friday night, note that Morrissey “has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus and double pneumonia.” Despite his efforts to continue, Moz “has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour.”
The full press statement:
The remaining dates of the Morrissey U.S. North American tour have officially been pulled down due to medical reasons. The singer has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus and double pneumonia.Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour. Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts. Refunds for the remaining shows are available at point of purchase.
Moz’s tour — derailed for a second time while he underwent treatment for a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus — resumed Feb. 27 in San Diego following a dust-up over the singer’s booking on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He performed six concerts before canceling a San Francisco appearance and announcing he had been diagnosed with double pneumonia.
Earlier on the tour, Morrissey postponed 19 concerts after falling ill Jan. 24 on a trek that already had been rescheduled from last fall, when he abruptly canceled the bulk of the dates to return to England to see his sick mother.
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