Morrissey pens message on South American tour postponement; feels “humiliation and mortification”

July 14, 2013
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Morrissey has penned an unusually candid open letter to fans, addressing the partial postponement of his South American tour this week, due to severe food poisoning.

The latest in an almost unbelievable string of dates affected this year by the singer's health issues, Moz was forced to cancel a full 10 performances in both Peru and Chile. Though it was initially reported that the former Smiths frontman had returned to his native England, he has now disclosed that he is under medical observation in Los Angeles. Aside from expressing remorse for his latest string of postponed shows, in his letter the singer reflects on his recent health and general bad luck, and assures fans that he will “continue to seek a listener until I'm dead in a ditch.”

Check out Moz's full message 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 cancelations 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.”

As we previously reported, and Morrissey has now directly confirmed, only the planned dates in Chile and Peru have been affected, with upcoming performances in Argentina and Brazil still expected to move forward as scheduled. Check out Moz's remaining dates, below.

July 28 – Tecnopolis – Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 30 – Credicard Hall – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aug. 2 – Espaco Iguatemi – Brasilia, Brazil
Aug. 4 – CitiBank Hall – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tour plans beyond South America remain uncertain, though the singer will release a concert filmMorrissey: 25 Live, in theaters later this summer.

Written by Philip Obenschain

APTV Nashville Correspondent Born and raised on a steady diet of punk rock and DIY culture in Staunton, Virginia, and now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Philip Obenschain has spent time as a touring artist, artist manager, and show promoter, and is currently involved in television production and music tech, outside of journalism. In addition to his work at Alt Press and APTV, Philip is the assistant editor at No Country For New Nashville.