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Morrissey admits tour cancellations due to cancer treatment

By | Published on Wednesday 8 October 2014


Morrissey has revealed that he has been undergoing treatment for cancer in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Asked about the cancellation of various tour dates over the last couple of years, the singer said that he has undergone four surgeries to remove cancerous tissue. He continued: “But whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good”.

Last year, following several weeks in hospital, Morrissey said that doctors had told him that he should retire from performing live.

Commenting on his current status as a performer, he said: “I’m at an age when you should no longer be making music. Many composers of classical music died at the age of 34. But I’m still here, and no one knows what to do with me. The audience that I have is very young, which leads me to think that the songs of The Smiths, like those of The Ramones, are more significant now than before”.

The people Moz thinks don’t know what to do with him would presumably include Universal’s Harvest Records, the label from which he withdrew a licensing deal in August, shortly after the release of his latest album. The nature of the deal meant that the album also went with him, disappearing from digital music services upon his departure from Harvest HQ.

Continuing to perform against doctors’ orders, and still one to bear a grudge, Morrissey played a show in Lisbon on Monday night, dressing his band in t-shirts featuring the catchy slogan, Fuck Harvest. So, that’s fun. You’ll be able to see Morrissey (and his band’s t-shirts) play at the O2 Arena in London on 29 Nov.