Bleeding Ulcer Forces Morrissey to Cancel Six Concerts Including Atlanta, Nashville
Morrissey has canceled six upcoming U.S. concert dates after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer.
The 53-year-old singer was hospitalized last week at the William Beaumont hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan and underwent tests for a “suspected bladder infection.” He is expected to make a full recovery, and as of now the tour is scheduled to resume February 9 in Las Vegas. In the meantime, however, shows have been cancelled in Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville; Atlanta; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Some of the cancelled dates, including the Atlanta concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, were already makeup dates for shows that were postponed last December when Morrissey left the tour to be with his ailing mother.
“Morrissey apologizes greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his U.S. tour,” said a representative for the singer. Moz’s rep also said that rescheduled dates will be announced in the upcoming days and that “Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time.”
Morrissey hasn’t released an album since 2009’s Years of Refusal, but kicked off a U.S. tour in October 2012. At the time, he gave a very Morrissey-esque response to Billboard when asked why he decided to tour without an album to response.
“Because a lot of people like me,” he replied.
Even though he’s released no new music, it’s been quite an eventful year for the former Smiths singer in addition to the tour. Longtime drummer Matt Walker announced that he would not join the tour, and though a statement by Morrissey stated that “his exit is sad,” Walker wrote on Twitter that “things are weird and getting weirder,” referring to his time with the band.
Morrissey has also indicated that he may make good on a promise he made many years ago to retire when he reaches the age of 55.