Morrissey fans were dealt yet another blow last week when the 54-year-old singer was forced to cancel even more tour dates (this time in South America) due to a bout of apparent food poisoning. In response, the former Smith’s frontman issued a public apology over the weekend, and saying it’s dramatic would be an understatement.
The English musician has made a recent habit of canceling performances due to health-related issues, calling off almost all of his entire North American tour earlier this year due to a bleeding ulcer and double pneumonia. But in a statement released over the weekend to the fan site True to You, he assures fans that the frustration they are experiencing does not compare to his own.
“In the heat of cancellations and postponements, the humiliation and mortification I feel on a personal level is too mammoth to be measured,” the singer said. “If my spirits climb down any lower I could never again find the dignity to stand upright.”
If Morrissey’s doctor can be trusted, the singer will make a full recovery in time to complete the last four stops on the South American tour. Read the full statement below.
I can’t give words to the sorrow I feel at the loss of perfect Peru. Oh, black cloud. After such a victorious and uplifting welcome of Lima love, the contaminated jinx had its way via a simple restaurant meal of penne pasta and tomato. 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.
I have returned to Los Angeles and to the expert supervision of my doctor Jeremy Fine, who assures me that I shall be fine (although not in the gossamer, powdery sense) for our upcoming shows in Argentina and Brazil. I have absolutely no idea where my beloved Chile has gone. In the heat of cancellations and postponements, the humiliation and mortification I feel on a personal level is too mammoth to be measured. If my spirits climb down any lower I could never again find the dignity to stand upright. We all live at the mercy of biological chance, and although I am not one to take refuge in clichés, I repeat my very servile apologies to any and all who back-packed their way to Peru. Alas, the dark shadow made the same journey.
Each year of life brings us nearer to our decline, but I will continue to seek a listener until I’m dead in a ditch.
with all the soul of the world
12 July 2013, Los Angeles.