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Morrissey cancels tour: 'I hope this isn't the end'

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Third time is not the charm for Chicago fans of Morrissey. The British icon -- whose U.S. tour has been beset by illness and difficulties, resulting in two postponements of his Chicago Theatre engagement -- has finally up and canceled the rest of the tour.

There will be no rescheduling this time.

A statement issued earlier today reads:

The remaining dates of the Morrissey U.S. North American tour have officially been pulled down due to medical reasons. The singer has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and double pneumonia.

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. Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts. All tickets purchased via Ticketmaster Phone and Internet will be automatically refunded. All other purchasers may receive a refund at the point of purchase.

The remaining 22 dates on the tour have been scrapped.

Morrissey himself released this statement via the True to You fan web site:

"It takes a lifetime to find the right words, and at the moment, I haven't got them. 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." Morrissey, Mexico, 16 March.

Before the troubles began last fall, Morrissey answered questions from the Sun-Times about the tour, his pending memoir and the endless speculation about a Smiths reunion.


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