Morrissey: »The major problems remain as insoluble now as they were in 2009.«  FOTO: Travis Shinn (2009)

Lungenentzündungen, eine Lebensmittelvergiftung, ein blutiges Geschwür und eine Erkrankung der Speiseröhre (Barrett-Ösophagus): Die jüngere Krankenakte von Morrissey ist leider gut gefüllt, der angestrebte Tourkalender leerte sich dadurch immer wieder. Nun musste der Sänger erneut eine geplante Südamerika-Tour absagen. Dieses Mal sind die Gründe zwar finanzieller Natur, der Frust scheint allerdings tief zu sitzen. In einem Statement nannte Morrissey nun die immer wieder auftretenden Probleme »unlösbar«. Aus der im weiteren beschriebenen Perspektivlosigkeit deutet er gar an, sich möglicherweise endgültig zur Ruhe zu setzen: »[…] The only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing.«

Hier die gesamte Botschaft:

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,
19 July 2013, Los Angeles

Das letzte Morrissey-Studioalbum, Years of Refusal, war vor vier Jahren erschienen.