Morrissey. Whether you idolise him for his work in the Smiths, which is, for better or for worse, one of the most influential bands in Britain, or you think he’s a pompous ass who may be one of the few people in the British music industry more abrasive than Noel Gallagher, this news might interest you: he’s been told to retire from music.
Morrissey said in an interview to Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7: “I have been cautioned to, but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.” And, just for the record, it seems that Morrissey has a huge Mexican fanbase.
Recently, Morrissey’s health has been deteriorating, with diseases like bleeding ulcer, double pneumonia, and Barrett’s esophagus (no relation with Syd Barrett, but can cause cancer in rare cases). This has led to him cancelling all the U.S. dates in his recent tour. Quoth Morrissey, “I had to (cancel) because of medical reasons, because I have had so much medical attention, it had soaked up all the insurance. So we couldn’t actually continue any more because we weren’t insured to continue.”
His publicist has said: “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.”
Morrissey says of his hospitalisation: “I had a very bad time. I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn’t work… I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline… I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic, but I’m still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now. It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once. The double pneumonia – everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn’t cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold.”
Feel free to use the comments section to state your thoughts on Morrisey. Should he retire? Should he keep at music? Why does he have such a huge Mexican fanbase?