ILL COMMUNICATION

It's another famous Manc that breaks the news...

MORRISSEY was forced to pull out of LOS ANGELES radio station KROQ’s INLAND INVASION 4 show last night (September 18), suffering a high fever and sinusitis.

The singer, who has been plagued with a variety of ailments this year cancelled his headlining slot at the last minute. Fellow Mancunian Ian Brown who performed in the late afternoon made the announcement to the 60,000 strong crowd gathered at Devore, California’s Hyundai Pavilion.

According to the radio station, Morrissey saw a doctor at 11am on Saturday. He was diagnosed with sinusitis, acute laryngitis and a high fever and advised not to speak for at least two days. Fans have been told to hold on to their ticket stubs for a replacement show, an announcement of which is expected next week.

Not ill at the event was Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme, who has now partially recovered from fracturing his scaphoid bone last month while on the Curiosa tour. Joining his bandmates during their opening slot on the main stage, he performed his seventh show back since his injury forced him to miss the V Festival, and told NME.COM things are healing nicely. Though Wolstenholme’s cast is due off on September 28, the band have brought out his V replacement, The Streets’ bassist Morgan Nicholls. “I played at home and it was okay but we kind of thought it’s going to be too risky to go out and play [shows] and have my hand all of a sudden to f*** up so we thought we’d bring Morgan out,” he said. “He’s basically at the side of the stage with a bass just ready, just in case I start screaming in agony.”

Muse whipped through a hearty afternoon set shortly before a performance by Las Vegas outfit The Killers. For frontman Brandon Flowers, Saturday’s highlight wasn’t performing for such a large crowd, but getting an introduction to a hero. “I got to meet Ian Brown,” he told NME.COM. “He’s just nice and that’s how we [as fellow artists are] supposed to be to each other. You can walk up to him and he walks up to you. It was wonderful for me to meet him earlier.”

Ian Brown who played his first US show in four years Saturday, also had a good time. After playing several Stone Roses songs and a handful of solo material tracks, his gig was cut short by the revolving stage, much to his delight. “Today, it was me favourite ending to a show I’ve ever done, when they pulled us off,” he told NME.COM. “The tune that I was on was called ‘Love Bug’’ and we’re doing the ‘Love Bug’ and the [stage started] revolving. I like that. That was a right end to a performance.”

Following a heated performance by Devo, who danced in unison, tore each other’s yellow suits off and threw their trademark red, step hats into the audience, Franz Ferdinand faced one of their biggest US crowds to date. The group easily won over the pavilion with favourites ‘Take Me Out’, and ‘Michael’. Backstage, Hot Hot Heat, who played this event last year, came by to congratulate the group. Franz Ferdinand will continue their US show with a just announced Los Angeles stop at the Wiltern, Tuesday. Tickets for the show go on sale today (September 19) at noon, Los Angeles time.