We hate to say it — we really do — but it might be time for Morrissey to hang up his live performance cape and focus solely on recording!
The frontman of the Smiths has been battling illnesses for quite some time now, having had to cancel and postpone more shows than anyone should have to. Now that he's canceled his remaining South American tour dates, the last thing he needs to do is to make himself worse after getting better just by trying to make it up to everyone!
Originally, he had been expected to start playing again in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 28th, after recovering from food poisoning (which is AFTER the double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer, and throat condition Barrett's oesophagus), but that's now out of the question as the rest of the tour can't be finished due to logistical difficulties. Here's what he said:
"I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized - due, I'm reliably advised, to lack of funding. It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G.
"In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried this really is the last of many final straws, and I am not alone in feeling this. The future is suddenly absent, and my apologies are now so frequent as to be somewhat ridiculous… It is agonising to be responsible for imparting such news - especially when it springs upon me unexpectedly and inexplicably…
"Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing. As always I ask your pardon, and I offer pangs of overwhelming love and gratitude to the band and the crew, whose loyalty stretched above and beyond."
It's rough to hear him talk like that, or for us to even suggest that he stay in the studio instead of touring anymore, because he truly is a legend!
The thing is, though — we'd rather him be alive and well and still making music than having him suffer on the road!
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