Morrissey has always had a way with words. But rarely quite like this. The British songsmith has postponed three more U.S. dates through illness and has channelled his talents into a carefully written apology to fans.
Morrissey is currently being treated for a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus, an injury which had already forced him to postpone a string of shows. He was initially expected to return for a Feb. 12 show in El Paso, Texas. Those plans changed, and a return date of Feb. 21, in Denver, was proposed. That show is now on ice, as are shows Feb. 22 in Salt Lake City and Feb. 24 in San Francisco. Morrissey is now shooting for a return at San Diego’s Balboa Ballroom, on Feb. 27.
In the message, posted on fanzine True To You, the former Smiths frontman is in fine lyrical form, showing touches of flamboyance and gallows humor and all the poetic license we’d expect from the man who wrote “Heaven knows I’m miserable now.”
“I am terribly sorry that the next three shows have been moved back,” he begins. “The worst is for the best. I am certainly on the road to recovery, but caution and prevention demand further IV blood work lest I keel over and die before your very eyes.”
Morrissey tour dates show he’s still booked to play “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Feb. 26.