Morrissey’s streak of bad fortune continues as the singer was forced this week to cancel the remaining dates on his ill-fated South American tour. In a note posted to the blog True To You, Morrissey offered his apologies and a vague explanation for the latest disruption to his tour.
“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,” he wrote.
The former Smiths frontman initially postponed 14 dates in South America earlier this month due to severe food poisoning. He had been due at the time to resume touring after canceling 22 dates on the last leg of his North American tour because of a variety of ailments including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and double pneumonia.
“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,” Morrissey continued in the note. “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.”
One glimmer of good news remains in these rough times: The concert film Morrissey 25: Live is due to hit theaters this August in celebration of Morrissey’s 25 years as a solo artist.