Johnny Marr has cancelled a forthcoming tour of Australia due to an ongoing and serious family illness.
Marr was due to tour Australia from January 29, with dates in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland all planned. However, the tour has now been axed with plans to reschedule the dates later in the year.
The Australia gigs represent the latest round of live dates to be cancelled by Marr, who also postponed a US tour to spend time with an ill member of his close family.
Speaking in an official statement, Marr said:
“I’m really disappointed to not be able to play these shows. The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band and the audiences have been great everywhere. If it was about just me just being unwell I would have found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand last year, but to not be there for one of my family is not right. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages. See you soon. Johnny. X”
Marr’s UK tour in 2014 culminated in the former Smiths guitarist being joined by Noel Gallagher during an appearance at 02 Academy Brixton in London. Gallagher played both ‘How Soon Is Now?’ and a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ with Marr on the night.