The Moz giveth and the Moz taketh away. Yep, we unfortunately must announce that, once again, Morrissey has cancelled his upcoming Ryman Auditorium performance (originally set for 1/29 then postponed for 3/29). Given the language of the press release, which I’ve block-quoted below, it sounds like “cancelled” really means cancelled and not pending postponement this time. Sorry Morrissey fans, we’re bummed too.
The remaining dates of the Morrissey U.S. North American tour have officially been pulled down due to medical reasons. The singer has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus and double pneumonia.
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. Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts. Refunds for the remaining shows are available at point of purchase.
Here’s the play by play, for those of you who haven’t been following:
- In January of 2012 (yep, over a year ago) Morrissey announced a full U.S. tour, which spanned from October to December and included nearby Asheville and Atlanta shows.
- During the latter part of this tour, Morrissey’s mother fell ill and the singer was forced to postpone dates and fly to England.
- In November, Morrissey announced many of the rescheduled tour dates, and used it as an opportunity to also expand his routing, including a stop at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This new leg was planned to run from January to early March.
- Around January 24, Morrissey was hospitalized in Michigan and cancelled 3 shows.
- What was originally reported to be a bladder infection turned out to be a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus. This led to several more dates being postponed, including Nashville.
- As Morrissey’s recovery continued, even more dates were postponed through the end of February.
- In late February, another slew of rescheduled dates were announced, including Nashville, and once again the singer added more cities to his routing, extending the tour through May.
- Moz once again hit the road in March, and managed to play several shows before another sudden cancellation, this time due to double pneumonia.
- Another week of show cancellations followed, before the decision to ultimately scrap the tour and allow the singer a break was made this morning.
It’s disappointing that we won’t get a chance to see Morrissey in Nashville again in the foreseeable future, but hopefully he keeps us a priority whenever he’s feeling recovered and ready to perform again. We wish him good health and a speedy recovery! Those of you who had tickets to The Ryman should expect an e-mail soon with refund instructions.