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Flu Forces Morrissey to Cancel Shows
Morrissey announced on Sunday that "ongoing influenza amongst band and crew members" forced him to cancel shows originally scheduled on Sunday (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Monday (Basel, Switzerland). He already cancelled an Oct. 31 show for the same reason. According to a post on his fan site, "Wednesday's show at Hannover (Germany) remains firmly in place."
Illness has plagued Morrissey on tour repeatedly. This summer, he ended a U.S. tour early, writing, "It is with great sadness that the remainder of the U.S. Tour has been canceled. 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." And in 2013, pneumonia put the singer in the hospital and caused him to cut another U.S. tour short.
Sickness isn't the only obstacle Morrissey has faced so far. After playing several dates in Italy, he wrote that, "we, too, were shocked by the venues in Roma and Milan, both abysmal. Milan quite shockingly abysmal... not a theater at all ... just a field with a roof. I have never looked out at such an unhappy, uncomfortable and trapped audience in my life. We all did our best."