I wonder if Morrissey ever expects to be playing the gigs he announces these days? He's just pulled the South American dates that hadn't already been hit by his most recent illness. He sounds kind of, well, retirey:
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.I'm sure it's all just overwrought and written in passion - it's always passion with him - but that statement does come across as bit "oh, what's the bloody point".
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.