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Morrissey cancels show due to ill health

By | Published on Thursday 13 April 2017


Morrissey cut short a show this week, and cancelled another – which had already been twice rescheduled – because of ill-health. The first gig, in Tuscon, Arizona on Monday night, ended after Morrissey had struggled through six songs despite having lost his voice.

Raising his vocal issues with the Tuscon audience during the performance, Morrissey reportedly said: “It seems I have left half my mouth in Guadalajara. But I will stand here and I will sing, and, if necessary, I will drop dead”.

It didn’t come to that in the end, Moz choosing to cut the show short rather than die of a nasty cold in front of a paying audience.

A bandmate then came out to tell the audience: “His voice is shot. You heard it. He’s been trying, trying really hard. He came out, he tried. His voice is really shot. We’re sorry. He’s sorry. You know he tried”.

The next show on the tour, in San Antonio, Texas last night, was cancelled shortly ahead of time. The Tobin Center venue where the show was to take place said in a statement: “Following health concerns stemming from Morrissey’s appearance in Tucson, it is with great sadness that tonight’s sold out engagement in San Antonio at the Tobin Center is cancelled to allow him to fully recuperate”.

There has been no confirmation as yet whether tomorrow night’s show at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston or Saturday’s at the Majestic Theater in Dallas will go ahead.

All three Texas shows were already rescheduled from December last year – with the singer then blaming his management. The shows had before that been rescheduled from the previous month, with the Dallas show originally at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, after keyboard player Gustavo Manzur collapsed backstage in Boulder, Colorado.

Meanwhile the Fox Tuscon Theatre said in a statement yesterday that it is still working on “a viable solution for the unfortunate early termination of the Morrissey concert”. The venue said earlier this week that it hopes to reschedule the show soon, and has not yet begun offering refunds. All tickets for the fully cancelled San Antonio show will be refunded automatically.