Morrissey Scratches More U.S. Dates, Apologizes To Fans

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Morrissey performs on stage at Brixton Academy on August 7, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Broussely/Redferns)

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.”

Morrissey tour dates show he’s still booked to play “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Feb. 26.