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Morrissey Cancels Rest of U.S. Tour, Blames Illness

Singer claims he got virus from group's tour opener, Kristeen Young, though she denies it

June 11, 2014 9:30 AM ET
Morrissey performs
Morrissey performs in Seattle, Washington.
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Morrissey canceled the rest of his current U.S. tour with what he said was "unimaginable sorrow" after contracting an illness on the road. The former Smiths singer collapsed backstage after performing in Boston last week and was suffering from acute fever, according to the semiofficial Morrissey fan site True to You. "The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted," the singer's official Facebook reported. "Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates."

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The True to You post explained that Morrissey, who has canceled a number of tour dates over the past couple of years, had contracted the virus from the tour's opening act, Kristeen Young, who, it said, "confessed to 'a horrendous cold'" in Miami which forced him to cancel the Atlanta show. "For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely," the statement said. "Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health."

Meanwhile, Young has protested the Morrissey camp's accusations via her Facebook page. "On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours," she wrote. "I went to a doctor, an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies. . . and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof. . . since they seemed to doubt me)." She wrote that neither Morrissey nor the tour manager followed up with her or her doctor.

Moreover, she wrote that she did not decide to leave the tour, instead claiming that she "was asked to leave" and was told there would be a new support artist in Boston. "I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well," she wrote. "But I will not tolerate these lies particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre."

On July 15th, Morrissey will release his 10th solo album, World Peace Is None of Your Business. He is also in the process of writing his first novel.

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