Morrissey has been forced to cancel more shows on his current US tour as he continues to receive hospital treatment, his latest problem being anaemia. It’s now hoped that he will be able to restart the tour in San Diego on 27 Feb, while other missed dates will be rescheduled.
As previously reported, Morrissey was hospitalised in January, later revealing that he was suffering from a bleeding ulcer, concussion and a throat condition. It had been hoped that he would be ready to pick up the tour on 12 Feb in El Paso. However, in a statement published on the True To You fansite over the weekend, he explained his continuing medical problems.
He wrote: “I am certainly on the road to recovery, but caution and prevention demand further IV blood work lest I keel over and die before your very eyes … My ulcer is now under reins, even if neither asleep nor dead, but the continued cause for concern is a slightly embarrassing absence of blood – most of which the bleeding ulcer relieved me of. Anaemia sets its own terms with quite obvious biological conclusions, and I have spent these last weeks under expert medical care in Los Angeles with an almost erotic dependency on various IV drips”.
Apologising for being forced to postpone more dates on the tour, he continued: “I apologise to an almost annoying degree for any trouble I’ve caused to anyone by way of travel plans and dog-sitters and ticket-outlay and re-moulded hairstyles. I should be as fit as a ferret for San Diego … I fully realise that the word ‘cancellation’ in every known dictionary is followed by my own name, but no morale drops as low as my own at the mere suggestion of re-jigging shows. I sincerely ask for your pardon and your understanding”.
He also added that he was well enough to enjoy the odd evening out, asking fans not to get upset if they saw him in the audience of someone else’s gig. This, apparently, is all part of his rehabilitation. He explained: “Please don’t be too appalled if you see me out and about this week in the Hollywood area. Perversely, it’s all in accordance with doctor’s orders: to have myself re-integrated with the call of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd; the flash of light and the full thrust of mosh pit sound. Illness turns the body into a complete stranger, and I’ll be testing the capabilities of my strides at the most unlikely music shows this week. The will to get on with it runs strong. Even death can be used as a springboard”.
Read the full statement in one incredibly long, glorious paragraph here.