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Morrissey cancels gig in Sweden due to rain

Helsingborg show pulled due to safety fears over 'severe weather conditions'

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Morrissey refused to perform at a scheduled outdoor gig in Sweden last night (July 14) when it started to rain.

The Mancunian singer was due to play at Helsingborg's Sundspärlan venue as part of his European tour, but pulled out hours before he was due onstage.

A statement translated from Swedish on the venue's website Sundsparlan.se explained that the concert had been "cancelled on the artist's own request".



Later, a posting on the True-To-You.net fansite, which Morrissey regularly uses as his official mouthpiece, put the cancellation down to safety fears.

"Due to severe weather conditions the open air concert at Helsingborg (July 14) is unable to take place for reasons of public and artiste safety," it said.

It's the latest incident on what's proving to be an eventful tour for the former singer of The Smiths.

He recently fractured his finger after being attacked by a dog, although no gig dates were cancelled due to the injury.

The singer also had the owner of fansite Morrissey-solo.com, David Tseng, thrown out of a gig in Copenhagen by his security on Monday (July 11).

Tseng told The Guardian that criticism of the singer's "stagnant" new material by users of the site had irked the singer.

A spokesperson for Morrissey confirmed that Tseng was not welcome at any shows as his "poisonous" website had caused the singer "much intentional distress".

Meanwhile, ticketholders entering a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall last Friday (8) were searched in case they were carrying any meat products.

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