I don’t like the music of The Smiths. I do not like the music of Morrissey. It’s the soundtrack for depressed goth-wannabes.
But according to a website devoted to the music of the 1980s — which with rare exception absolutely sucked — Morrissey has postponed his entire South American tour after he and members of his team suffered “severe food poisoning,” an almost impossible-to-believe development just hours before the ex-Smiths singer was due to return to the stage for the first time since canceling his illness-plagued North American tour.
According to multiple media reports — including one in El Comercio, Peru’s largest newspaper — the promoter of what were to be the 14-date tour’s opening concerts tonight and Wednesday in Lima posted on Facebook late this afternoon that the entire tour was being postponed and is to be rescheduled in the coming months. New dates are to be announced “shortly.”
That message, translated to English, reads:
“Due to severe food poisoning suffered by the artist and of the accompanying equipment in Lima, Latin concerts scheduled for July and August will be postponed for the next months. The new dates will be communicated shortly. Morrissey and his team have been in Lima, Peru, from July 1. The artist was very excited about the upcoming shows and are very disappointed to have to postpone the dates.”
I’m not sure the equipment suffered food poisoning. But things get lost in translation.
According to a similar but lengthier statement posted by Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile — where the former Smiths frontman was slated to perform a free concert July 26 — those sickened “have remained at rest and observation,” while Morrissey is returning to England to be under the care of his “personal physicians.”