The British rock singer and lyricist Morrissey has canceled a chunk of his on-going United States tour due to illness – his own and that of another band member. The rocker was taken to Beaumont hospital, reports the Detroit Free Press on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a suspected bladder infection. At least one show, in Flint, Mich., had already been called off due to another band member’s illness, and two more cancellations have been added. Morrissey, 53, has been touring the U.S. this month, to sell-out crowds. He has a large fan base of middle-aged rock fans, and they flock to the concert shows.
The show in Flint was already a reschedule from last fall, when the singer took time off a concert tour to care for his ailing mother. This time, the tickets were simply refunded, with no word whether a new date will be chosen.
According to a Reuters report, the Friday and Saturday cancellations are actually only postponements, and Minneapolis and Chicago will still get the concert, but no new date has been set, as so far there is no word on Morrissey’s release date from the hospital. Further concerts are scheduled for Nashville, Atlanta and Las Vegas.
The English singer, who is arguably one of the most influential rockers of the 1980s, is also a vegetarian and an animal activist. Further details will be released from the hospital or from Morrissey’s publicist.