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The singer was due to perform with Morrissey in Brooklyn on June 21

Cliff Richard is said to be “very disappointed” about the cancellation of Morrissey’s show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 21, where he was due to perform in support.

Morrissey was recently forced to postpone live dates in Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, and has now cancelled his entire US tour to give him time to recover from his bout of ill health.

A note on Cliff Richard’s website says the singer and his Cliff Richard Organisation wish Morrissey a speedy recovery.

The post reads: “Cliff and the CRO are very disappointed to confirm that Morrissey has just cancelled the remaining dates on his tour, including the Barclay Center, Brooklyn, NYC on 21st June 2014 where Cliff was to perform as Morrissey’s Special Guest.”

It continues: “The CRO apologies for the inconvenience to fans and wishes Morrissey a full and speedy recovery.”

Speaking to NME in February, the veteran performer said he was surprised to have been asked to play with Morrissey.

He said: “I was surprised myself when I got the call. I told my management, You’d better check this out because we’re poles apart, really. I was worried it might be a joke.”

“I know what I’ve let myself in for. Dropping in on someone else’s audience is one of the most difficult things to. But I did Google him and up came a very nice shot from an outdoor concert. The audience looked – dare I say this – really nice. They were good looking women, there with their husbands or boyfriends or whatever, and they were swaying and mouthing lyrics. I thought, Wait a minute, my lot do that. So it may not be as difficult as I anticipate it might be.”