Morrissey Blames Opening Act for U.S. Tour Cancellation
By Brian Ives
Morrissey had been canceling shows here and there on his U.S. tour, but it looks like it’s over for good this time.
Last night, the former Smiths frontman took to his Facebook page to announce the cancellation of the remainder of his U.S. tour.
“It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled,” a note on the page read. “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. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates.”
However, a different statement posted to the Morrissey fan site True To You placed blame for Moz’s illness. It mentions that “Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young’s opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to ‘a horrendous cold,’ the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta.
“For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health.”
The message noted that the shows on this tour were some of Morrissey’s “best-ever,” and gave a list of some of them. Coming in at number one was the show at Boston’s Opera House, where he debuted the new song “Kick the Bride Down the Aisle” on June 7.
For her part, Young responded the True To You post on her own Facebook page, in a message that was taken down, edited and then reposted, but has since been taken down again.
“Ok. Regarding the recent True-to-you statement from Morrissey: I did not ‘confess to a horrendous cold.’ On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies…and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor’s phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof….since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor. Also….it is incorrect that I ‘decided to leave the tour completely.’ I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey’s booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies….particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.”
Regardless of this drama, Morrissey’s new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, is still due for release on July 15. He’s been pre-promoting the album with a series of spoken word videos, one of which features fellow animal lover Pamela Anderson.