Morrissey cancelled a show in the US at late notice last night (November 14) after a member of his backing band collapsed backstage.
The former Smiths frontman was due to play a sell-out show in Boulder, Colorado when he made an onstage announcement fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled stage time, revealing that keyboardist Gustavo Manzur had been taken ill.
“Our good friend Gustavo has collapsed and is in your local hospital,” Morrissey told the crowd. “We don’t know what’s happened to him. This is a family, we stay together. We can’t move until we know what’s happened to him. This is why things are ticking backwards and all we can do is wait”.
“We’re going to sit backstage for awhile and wait to see what’s happened to him, if there’s any magical cure,” he added. Watch in the fan-shot video below.
20 minutes later, guitarist Jesse Tobias arrived onstage to inform the audience that the show had been cancelled.
A statement followed from the gig promoters, offering “refunds available at point of purchase.” It added: “It is with great regret that tonight’s sold out engagement with Morrissey has been cancelled to due to severe illness of a member of the band. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope to announce a rescheduled date soon.”
Morrissey himself has suffered ill health in recent years. He revealed in October 2014 that he had undergone a series of cancer-related treatments, stating at the time: “They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t.”
The singer also claimed that he had “officially died for nine minutes” after suffering food poisoning during his South American tour in 2013.
Issuing an update in August of this year, Morrissey said that cancer treatment had “slowed” him down.