Morrissey has been forced to reschedule two Canadian tour dates after a ‘medical emergency’ caused while travelling, with a number of further shows put in question.
The musician was due to play in Vancouver tonight (April 14) and tomorrow, the first dates of what was due to be his first Canadian tour in over a decade, but they have now been pushed back to October 14 and 15.
However, a statement from Ticketmaster last night says: “Due to a medical emergency stemming from an accident incurred while traveling in Europe, Morrissey will be forced to postpone his performances in Vancouver to October 14th and 15th, 2019.
“Spirits are high and the artist is on the path to a swift recovery. All tickets will be valid for the new date and exchanges will not be necessary. Thank you for your understanding.
“Morrissey looks forward to making his long-awaited return to the city and wishes to deeply thank everyone for their patience. All remaining dates on Morrissey’s tour will resume as planned, commencing in Toronto on Friday Apr 26.”
Following this, another show in Edmonton has also been pushed back to October, according to Morrissey’s official Facebook page.
The future of further shows throughout the rest of April remains in question.
Ahead of the tour, Morrissey wrote to Canada Goose to demand they remove fur and feather from its products – and said that he will enlist fans in his fight against the clothing brand.
This is due to be the first time he has toured the country in 15 years since he previously banned Canada due to its seal hunt.
He wrote on Morrissey Central last September: “My decision to return to Canada after almost 15 years of protest against its savage and Neanderthal annual Baby Seal Kill is entirely because my stance was ultimately of no use and helped no one.
“My voice was drowned out by the merciless swing of spiked axes crushing the heads of babies. On my return to Canada I feel that I can be of more use by making sizeable donations to animal protection groups in each city that I play.”
The tour is in support of his latest album ‘California Son’, a covers record that features Billie Joe Armstrong, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and more.