Amanda Palmer pulls out of Morrissey support slot following Lyme disease diagnosis

Morrissey wrote Palmer a letter of well wishes following the news

Amanda Palmer has announced that she’s been forced to pull out of a series of live dates supporting Morrissey in the US due to Lyme disease.

The former Dresden Dolls singer revealed the recent diagnosis via her official blog, describing herself as “pretty fucking sad” at being unable to open for the ex-Smiths star in San Jose on Saturday (July 25).

Palmer, who is currently pregnant with her first child, was hospitalised on July 17 before being released last Tuesday (July 21). The musician confirmed that her unborn child has been unharmed by her illness.

Writing online, Palmer said: “I don’t know what fucking tick ruined my week, but fuck that tick… I don’t care. I forgive the tick. The ticks are hungry. I am food. We are all one. Whatever.”

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She added: “I was really, really, really, really looking forward to opening for morrissey. The gig of a lifetime, basically, and if you know me, you know why.”

“I got out of the hospital on tuesday, i crossed my fingers, stayed in bed, drank all the fluids, took all the tylenol, wished all the wishes, and hoped that i would recover quickly… no such luck”.

Palmer stated that Morrissey personally wrote her a letter of well wishes following the news. Fans also claimed via Twitter that he paid tribute to her live at the show.

Palmer also joked that she should start a supergroup with Avril Lavigne and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, who also suffer from the illness.

Morrissey recently announced a handful of UK live dates. The singer has scheduled shows in London and Hull for later this year.

The former Smiths frontman will play Hull Arena on September 18, followed by a pair of gigs at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.
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