I Know It's Over: Morrissey Cancels Another Tour Due to 'Lack of Funding'

"Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us," he says in statement

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
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Once again, Morrissey started something he couldn't finish. The Pope of Mope has officially canceled his South American tour, citing a "lack of funding." 

Moz made the announcement July 19 (via fan site True to You), writing, "I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized — due, I'm reliably advised, to lack of funding. It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G."

This is just the latest set of dates that Morrissey has been forced to abandon. Back in October 2012, the English crooner postponed several U.S. shows to attend to his sick mother, some cancelations followed in January after the Mozzer was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, then came another set of cancelations, and another. He managed to reschedule some North American gigs, but a bout of double pneumonia forced the 54-year-old to nix those engagements as well. Then, despite a doctor's suggestion that he retire altogether in June, Morrissey announced a slew of South American dates for the summer. Of course, life interfered once again. The former Smiths frontman and his backing band came down with "severe food poisoning" earlier this month, which resulted in postponements for the planned concerts in Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. 

Promoters insisted that the shows would still go on (via the Guardian), but now word has come from the Moz himself: All of his upcoming South American performances have been canceled entirely. "In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried this really is the last of many final straws, and I am not alone in feeling this," he wrote in a statement. "Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing." 

Aside from Morrissey's mention of travel costs, details regarding the tour's "lack of funding" are not clear. As the Guardian reports, one promoter "categorically denied" that the shows undersold, claiming that all of the concerts were at least 80 percent sold out. 

Read Morrissey's full statement on these recent cancelations below.

I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized — due, I'm reliably advised, to lack of funding. It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G.

In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried this really is the last of many final straws, and I am not alone in feeling this. The future is suddenly absent, and my apologies are now so frequent as to be somewhat ridiculous, and it is I who apologize because no one else would bother. It is agonizing to be responsible for imparting such news — especially when it springs upon me unexpectedly and inexplicably. But the collapse of South America rings the curtain down with a colossal thud, and the major problems remain as insoluble now as they were in 2009. The obvious conclusion stares back at me from the mirror, and the wheels are finally off the covered wagon. Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing.

As always I ask your pardon, and I offer pangs of overwhelming love and gratitude to the band and the crew, whose loyalty stretched above and beyond.

I shall see you in my dreams,
Morrissey
19 July 2013, Los Angeles 

Morrissey's canceled tour dates: 

July 22 – Santiago, CL @ Teatro la Cupula
July 23 – Santiago, CL @ Teatro la Cupula
July 25 – Santiago, CL @ Amanda Club
July 26 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Club
July 28 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Tecnopolis
July 30 – San Paolo, BR @ Credicard Hall
August 2 – Brasilia, BR @ Espaco Iguatemi
August 4 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ CitiBank Hall

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