Morrissey Cancels 22 Concerts

  Morrissey Cancels 22 Concerts

The former front man for the alternative rock band The Smiths has been forced to cancel 22 upcoming concerts including those in Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Denver. The tour had been set to wrap up in San Francisco on April 30.

The singer’s health has disrupted his concert tour.  In January he was hospitalized in Denver with a bleeding ulcer.  He has also suffered damage to the lining of his esophagus from stomach acid and double pneumonia.

After leaving the Denver hospital, he appeared in San Diego on February 27th, and Los Angeles on March 1st.

Morrissey, who co-wrote The Smiths’ 1985 song “Meat Is Murder,” made vegetarianism a prominent part of his tour by asking that his March 1 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles be held with no sales of meat at the venue’s outlets.

But Staples Center arena operator Anschutz Entertainment Group declined the request and kept meat on the menu.

Publicist Lauren Papapietro, said late on Friday:

“Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour,” she said in a statement. “Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts.”

Morrissey, 53, already had canceled 21 shows over the past year, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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