Johnny Marr cancels US tour due to serious close family illness

'To not be there for one of my family is not right,' says Marr in statement

Johnny Marr has cancelled the rest of his US tour due to a serious family illness.

Marr was on tour in the US in promotion of his latest solo album ‘Playland’. However, the run of lives dates has been brought to a premature end as he returns to the UK to spend time with an ill member of his close family.

“I’m really disappointed to not be able to play the shows,” Marr wrote in a statement. “The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band, and the audiences have been great everywhere. If it was about just me being unwell I would’ve found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand earlier in the 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.”

Tonight’s gig (December 8) at the Neumos in Seattle will be the first to be affected with later dates in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles among others that have had to be scrapped. A full list of gigs axed by Marr can be seen here. It is understood that all dates will be rescheduled if possible.

Marr’s arrival in the US followed a successful UK tour, which 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.