MUSIC NEWS- Morrissey has offered up a message to fans to explain his recent hospital stay, to discuss his ailments and his North American tour. The British singer says that if he doesn’t resume his tour next week, he “shall probably never again be anywhere.”
Earlier this week Moz postponed six shows scheduled January 28 & 29, January 31, February 2 and February 5 & 6, following a handful of gigs called off the week prior. A spokeswoman released a statement saying the former Smiths frontman had checked into Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI on January 25. The announcement said that he had been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and was “expected to make a full recovery.
But, Morrissey would like to explain about his health issues in his own words. The following statement was posted on the Morrissey 'zine website “True To You” on January 31.
“The reports of my death have been greatly understated. Once admitted to the William Beaumont Hospital at Royal Oak in Michigan, I received treatment for concussion, a bleeding ulcer, and Barrett’s esophagus. The positive from all of this is that there are now no known ailments left for me to try.
“I am fully determined to resume the tour on February 9 at the Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas. If there’s an audience of any kind in attendance, I just might die with a smile on my face, after all. If I am not there, I shall probably never again be anywhere.
“Equally, I am determined to play Flint (Michigan) if it kills me (which, on the face of it, it almost has.)
“Thank you to everyone present at both Brooklyn (New York) and Melbourne (Australia) during recent weeks for two of the best nights of what might charitably be termed my ‘career.’ My debt to you will outlive time itself.
“pause at my headstone,
31 January 2013.”
The canceled January 24 Flint show was one of the gigs that had already been rescheduled previously when Morrissey postponed his fall 2012 tour to be with his ill mother who was hospitalized in England. His mom has since passed away.