After two days of confusion over whether there would or would not be a South American tour by Morrissey, it has now been confirmed that he will try to keep his shows in Argentina and Brazil but has been forced to postpone the Peru and Chile leg.
Rumors first started on Thursday when Peruvian and Chilean promoters said that the singer and his crew had contracted food poisoning. Rodrigo Perez from Chile’s Radio Cooperativa said “On Sunday, Morrissey and an entourage of about eight people ate at a restaurant that we had not recommended, with regrettable consequences. Within hours, all of them fell sick with severe gastric problems … The hotel has become like an outpatient clinic. There are people who have not been able to get out of bed for 48 hours.”
Later, the venue in Santiago, Chile told patrons that Morrissey had flown home to the U.K. for treatment; however, by Friday, promoters across the continent were saying that the tour was still on, trying to quell any loss of ticket sales.
Later Friday, Morrissey himself posted a note on true-to-you.net titles “See the luck I’ve had”.
I can’t give words to the sorrow I feel at the loss of perfect Peru. Oh, black cloud. After such a victorious and uplifting welcome of Lima love, the contaminated jinx had its way via a simple restaurant meal of penne pasta and tomato. Three hours later, both I, and security Liam have collapsed with a deadly and delirious bedridden disease. Five days of round-the-clock medical supervision just barely controls the corrosively toxic food poisoning. I know my luck too well. Sorrow replaces joy, and in every dream home a heartache. It could only be me.
I have returned to Los Angeles and to the expert supervision of my doctor Jeremy Fine, who assures me that I shall be fine (although not in the gossamer, powdery sense) for our upcoming shows in Argentina and Brazil. I have absolutely no idea where my beloved Chile has gone. In the heat of cancellations and postponements, the humiliation and mortification I feel on a personal level is too mammoth to be measured. If my spirits climb down any lower I could never again find the dignity to stand upright. We all live at the mercy of biological chance, and although I am not one to take refuge in clichés, I repeat my very servile apologies to any and all who back-packed their way to Peru. Alas, the dark shadow made the same journey.
Each year of life brings us nearer to our decline, but I will continue to seek a listener until I’m dead in a ditch.
with all the soul of the world
12 July 2013, Los Angeles.
The July 9 and 10 dates at the Jockey Club in Lima, Peru are outright cancelled while eight Chile dates are currently listed as postponed. The tour is scheduled to resume on July 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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