Morrissey Postpones Pittsburgh, Chicago, Columbus, Flint Shows

Morrissey has postponed all of his scheduled U.S. tour dates this week to return to England to be with his ill mother.

The news affects four scheduled shows this week, which were to be held in Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Flint, Michigan and Chicago. In a very brief press release posted on the Morrissey fan site it is clear that, “Events for this forthcoming week are postponed – but not cancelled – as Morrissey has returned to England where his mother has been hospitalized and is unwell.”

The site goes on to give instructions for those that have already purchased tickets to the postponed shows.

“Those who have already purchased tickets for the dates in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Flint and Chicago are encouraged to hold on to their tickets and look out for rescheduled date,” reads the statement. “The new dates will be announced within the coming days… The remainder of the U.S. tour will be unaffected, resuming in Minneapolis on October 29.”

After that show in Minnesota, Morrissey is scheduled to remain on the road in the U.S. through December 8, when he has a show scheduled at the Showboat Resort and Casino – House of Blues in Atlantic City. He also has concerts scheduled in Salt Lake City, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, among other cities.

Earlier this year, Morrissey announced that he may retire from music when he turns 55-years-old, which will be two years from now. He originally made the statement that he would retire at 55 years ago, and confirmed his plans when asked during a recent interview with MSN if he still felt this way.

“Yes,” Morrissey said. “I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have. This is my 30th year, and I’ve aged a lot recently, which is a bit distressing for me, as it must be for anyone.”