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Still Ill: Morrissey officially cancels North American tour, including El Paso date

By Leonard Martinez
Published On: Mar 15 2013 11:20:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2013 04:58:22 PM CDT

Morrissey on March 15 canceled the remainder of his North American tour, including his April 23 show in El Paso, due to medical reasons.

Morrissey had postponed the sold-out El Paso date at Tricky Falls twice since November. He postponed several dates in late fall 2012 due to his mother's illness.

The singer has suffered a series of medical problems since January, including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and most recently, double pneumonia, which led to several concert dates being initially postponed before eventually being canceled on Friday night.

"Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour," according to the news release. "Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts."

Refunds for shows are available at point of purchase.  "For your convenience, we’ve automatically refunded your order, including fees, (except UPS and InStore Pick Up, if applicable), which will appear on your credit card within 7 – 10 business days," reads an email sent to those who bought tickets for the Morrissey El Paso show online.

"It takes a lifetime to find the right words, and at the moment, I haven't got them," Morrissey said in a March 16 statement. "I've been a colossal pain where this continuously unpredictable illness is concerned, and now the physical limits have been reached. The tour had, in fact, been fantastic for all of us - a new slice of life full of concentrated power. The audiences everywhere have given so much, although I know that neither of us will ever receive our due. I hope this isn't the end, and I hope there will be other chances, minus the heavy burden of illness. Knots of grief today, but full of resolve for tomorrow."

On March 13, Morrissey released the following statement about the death of a hardcore fan.

"I did not know Margaret on a personal level, but she was always there on the front row - the UK, the US, Israel - wherever we'd go, she'd go. Last week Margaret drove behind the tour bus all the way from Davis to Seattle, and managed to get onstage at Davis. I had signed her arm and it was now a tattoo. This week she is dead. I can only hope, for Margaret, that death yields the profit of rest, and somehow provides her with a listener. We all weary of living in the same skin day after day, in a world where only the blandly trivial are allowed to be heard, but there is nothing wrong with taking your destiny into your own hands, just as there is nothing wrong in understanding what is meant for you and what isn't. We are plonked into life without ever choosing to be, and we are despised if we fail to find a paralyzed spot in which to keep still and shut up. Margaret was a woman of action, who now knows the soul of the world.
Meanwhile, on today's AOL News Page, headlines tell us that Victoria Beckham has reportedly dropped her "fake" look, and William and Kate are in search of yet another home - the constitutional frigidity of a media world now openly obsessed with zombies and morons. Rest well, Margaret."

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