Morrissey Apologizes for Scrapping South America Dates

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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 apologized to fans in Peru and Chile for his latest tour cancellation.

The iconic British singer’s tour of South America unravelled when he and his entourage came down with a nasty bout of food poisoning.

The former Smiths frontman has issued an amusing statement on the fan site True To You, in which he describes the effects of the “contaminated jinx” – a “simple restaurant meal of penne pasta and tomato” -- that left him and his team in hospital.

Morrissey writes with a style that's both morbid and deliciously funny. “Three hours later, both I, and security Liam have collapsed with a deadly and delirious bedridden disease. Five days of round-the-clock medical supervision just barely controls the corrosively toxic food poisoning. I know my luck too well. Sorrow replaces joy, and in every dream home a heartache. It could only be me.”

Two dates in Peru (July 9 and 10) and an eight-date trek of Chile (July 15-26) have been canned.

Morrissey’s health has largely deserted him this year. He has missed a chunk of live shows through 2013 with various ailments, from Barrett's esophagus (a condition where the lining of the esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to intestinal lining), a bleeding ulcer and double pneumonia. Earlier in the year, he told a Mexican broadcaster that he’d been ”cautioned” to retire from music, because of those health issues.

Since posting the latest update, Morrissey has returned to L.A. His doctor, he continues, has assured him that upcoming shows in Argentina (July 28) and Brazil (July 30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 4) “shall be fine.”

Morrissey concludes with a sentence that will have his many fans swooning, and others scratching their heads. “Each year of life brings us nearer to our decline,” he notes, “but I will continue to seek a listener until I'm dead in a ditch.”


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