Morrissey

Press and promoters in Peru and Chile this evening reveal Morrissey has postponed his entire South American tour after he and members of his team suffered “severe food poisoning,” an almost impossible-to-believe development just hours before the ex-Smiths singer was due to return to the stage for the first time since canceling his illness-plagued North American tour.

UPDATE: Promoter insists Morrissey’s concerts in Argentina, Brazil not postponed

According to multiple media reports — including one in El Comercio, Peru’s largest newspaper — the promoter of what were to be the 14-date tour’s opening concerts tonight and Wednesday in Lima posted on Facebook late this afternoon that the entire tour was being postponed and is to be rescheduled in the coming months. New dates are to be announced “shortly.”

That message, translated to English, reads:

“Due to severe food poisoning suffered by the artist and of the accompanying equipment in Lima, Latin concerts scheduled for July and August will be postponed for the next months. The new dates will be communicated shortly. Morrissey and his team have been in Lima, Peru, from July 1. The artist was very excited about the upcoming shows and are very disappointed to have to postpone the dates.”

According to a similar but lengthier statement posted by Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile — where the former Smiths frontman was slated to perform a free concert July 26 — those sickened “have remained at rest and observation,” while Morrissey is returning to England to be under the care of his “personal physicians.”

No official announcement has been made by Morrissey via his two usual means of communication — the True To You fansite and his official Facebook page — but a report of the postponement on Peru.com suggests an official statement is forthcoming with new dates and an update on Morrissey’s health.

Morrissey was scheduled to resume touring tonight for the first time since his 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.”

Last Friday, True To You posted the following comment from Morrissey about his stay in Peru:

Metal Peru

I am humbled beyond belief by the reception here in Lima, Peru, and also by the ongoing welcome. For me, it is incredible – once more. If Chile, Argentina and Brazil are as giving, I shall ask no more and die happy. Peru, Peru – my heart’s lighthouse.

Morrissey
5 July 2013

In an interview last week from Peru, Morrissey acknowledged that he nearly died during the U.S. tour.

 

Morrissey South American tour dates:

July 9: Jockey Club, Lima, Peru
July 10: Jockey Club, Lima, Peru
July 15: Sporting Club, Vina Del Mar, Chile
July 16: Monticello Grand Casino, Rancagua, Chile
July 18: Arena, Puerto Montt, Chile
July 19: Gimnasio Municipal, Concepcion, Chile
July 22: Teatro la Cupula, Santiago, Chile
July 23: Teatro la Cupula, Santiago, Chile
July 25: Amanda Club, Santiago, Chile (Private event)
July 26: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile (Free concert)
July 28: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 30: Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aug. 2: Espaco Iguatemi, Brasilia, Brazil
Aug. 4: CitiBank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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