Morrissey’s on-again, off-again, partially on-again South American tour is now, once and for all, canceled, according to a morose note from the ex-Smiths singer in which he seems to be threatening retirement, writing, “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.”
The announcement of the South American cancellation was posted early this morning to quasi-official fansite True To You — Moz’s preferred venue of communication — and finds the singer lamenting “the last of many final straws,” explaining that he’s been informed it’s too costly to “transport band and crew.”
It’s been a brutal year for Morrissey, with a string of health problems, tour reschedulings and repeated concert cancellations in North American. He now writes that “the future is suddenly absent” and that “the obvious conclusion stares back at me from the mirror.”
If I by chance your eye offend you
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, and it is I who apologize because no one else would bother. It is agonizing to be responsible for imparting such news – especially when it springs upon me unexpectedly and inexplicably. But the collapse of South America rings the curtain down with a colossal thud, and the major problems remain as insoluble now as they were in 2009. The obvious conclusion stares back at me from the mirror, and the wheels are finally off the covered wagon. 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.
I shall see you in my dreams,
19 July 2013, Los Angeles
Morrissey returned to Los Angeles after falling ill with food poisoning on the eve of the South American trek. A Chilean concert promoter originally announced Morrissey had postponed the entire tour, but then, days later, informed fans that the ex-Smiths singer was planning to rescheduling his concerts in Chile for early August, although two shows in Peru wouldn’t be made up.
A week later, the Chilean dates make-up dates still had not been announced, but now are scuttled altogether, along with shows in Brazil and Argentina that hadn’t been canceled (see dates below).
Morrissey was to have resumed touring this month 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 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 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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