As promised back in March, former Smiths frontman Morrissey is heading back out on the road this summer — but it appears he’s scaled back his initial touring plans, announcing today that he’ll perform a dozen concerts in three South American countries next month, but not, it would seem, the seven shows previously planned for Mexico.
An announcement posted today to quasi-official fansite True To You reports that Morrissey will play eight shows in Chile, three in Peru and one in Argentina in July, with full dates and details to be “announced within a day or two.” As has become standard for Moz, Kristeen Young will open the concerts.
When the Latin American tour was first announced in March, however, plans included concerts in seven cities in Mexico in June, including a show at the 10,000-seat National Auditorium in Mexico City. The South American portion of the trek also was to include at least one performance in Brazil, according to that original announcement.
Today’s statement doesn’t mention the once-planned concerts in Mexico or Brazil, but does conclude by saying “there are presently no plans for any further shows for 2013.”
Morrissey’s resumption of touring follows a trouble-plagued North American trek in late 2012 and earlier this year that, after multiple postponements, finally was canceled altogether in mid-March. The singer’s publicists blamed the cancellations on “a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus and double pneumonia.”
Morrissey himself issued a statement, saying, “I hope this isn’t the end, and I hope there will be other chances, minus the heavy burden of illness.”
Morrissey, who has been recovering in Los Angeles, last toured South America in February 2012.
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