Posted in music on June 13, 2014

Morrissey in Austin, one of his non-canceled 2014 shows (more by Tim Griffin)

After Morrissey canceled the remainder of his 2014 North American tour after falling ill in Miami -- including his big NYC show at Barclays Center -- a statement was posted to official Moz mouthpiece True to You, basically pinning his illness on opener Kristeen Young:

Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young's opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to "a horrendous cold", the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta.

For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health.

Kristeen Young responded to that on her Facebook:
Ok. Regarding the recent True-to-you statement from Morrissey: I did not "confess to a horrendous cold". On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies...and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof....since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor. is incorrect that I "decided to leave the tour completely". I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey's booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies....particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.
Then, apparently producer Tony Visconti (who produced Young's new album and Morrissey's Your Aresenal) took Young's side on Facebook, which then prompted Morrissey guitarist Jesse Tobias to fire back. Here's a portion:
I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell.

Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.

I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement.

One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter.

This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on "Facebook" that "she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?" is Repulsive.

You can read the whole thing, with lots of Capitalized Words, over at True to You.Though the circumstances are a little unusual this time, Morrissey is no stranger to canceled tour dates. Much of his 2013 tour was canceled or postponed due to illness. Babel Music broke down the stats over the last 12 years:
2002: 5 Cancellations
2003: No Tour
2004: 10 Cancellations
2005: No Tour
2006: 5 Cancellations
2007: 7 Cancellations, 2 Postponed
2008: 2 Cancellations
2009: 9 Cancellations, 11 Postponed
2010: No Tour
2011: 3 Cancellations, 1 Postponed
2012: 3 Cancellations, 24 Postponed
2013: 42 Cancellations, 18 Postponed
2014: 10 Cancellations, 3 Postponed
Babel also started a White House petition to stop him from canceling any more tours, which was pretty much immediately removed as a violation of their Terms of Participation.

In happier news, though the Morrissey Barclays show on June 21 was canceled with the rest of the tour, opener Sir Cliff Richard says he's still going to play -- somewhere -- in NYC that day with "Full details of an intimate event" to be announced very soon. That's the Carry On attitude of a true British pro. Stay tuned!




Comments (40)

anyone that would willingly go see this POS in 2014 deserves whatever they get

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 3:42 PM

Blaming the opener for getting sick and canceling your tour? Classy.

Also, re: the guitarist's statement, the only thing "unwell" is his take on Johnny Marr's guitar compositions.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 3:44 PM

I thought Morrissey was a vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 3:45 PM

Wow. I actually saw him once, at Webster Hall. Little did I know how brag-worthy that would become.

Posted by LJA | June 13, 2014 3:48 PM

Somewhere Johnny Marr is snoring.

Posted by jim | June 13, 2014 3:58 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:03 PM

Cliff Richard fucking rules. The Elvis of Britain. Probably more worth while too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:09 PM

cliff richard is playing shea stadium at 2am tonight.

GUEST DJ SLOT by Macauley Culkin.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:24 PM

What a bunch of whiny babies.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:26 PM

as much as morrissey has become rather useless, kristeen young really shouldnt bite the hand that feeds her.

if it wasnt for her perpetual opening slot for him, she'd be opening a 6 band bill on a tuesday night at pianos...if that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:27 PM

There is a light and it never goes out....

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:36 PM

^^ yeah because her solo career has really taken off the fucking 15 years she's opened for him...

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:36 PM

Kristeen is dating Tony Visconti, fwiw.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:43 PM

"Wow. I actually saw him once, at Webster Hall. Little did I know how brag-worthy that would become"

It's not brag worthy, the show on that tour at Bowery Ballroom is the brag worthy one nitwit

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:09 PM

and the Bowery show still had a shit setlist, so nothing to brag about at all

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:43 PM

^Jealous he couldn't get a ticket obviously

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:45 PM

Marr is the only thing worth contemplating when discussing The Smiths. It's same with all rock bands. George was the master of Te Beatles. Jimmy P the man behind Zep's sound. Keef the only one making The Stones work. And Marr was the brains behind The Smiths. Period.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:51 PM

What a POS Morrissey is to blame his cancelling of his tour on catching a "cold" from the opening act of his tour who I hope sues him for libel.

"Tour's cancelled cuz I caught a cold from the opening act lass." LOL try your voice is shot, you're out of shape and lazy, and you want to collect whatever nonrefundable part of your advance without doing any work.

Hey Morrissey don't you have to be close enough to and/or make contact with Kristeen Young enough to catch a cold from her? That's what you get for trying to steal a kiss you old perv you.

Posted by D | June 13, 2014 6:42 PM

it all worked out perfectly.. i would have gone to the Morrissey show only to see hear Cliff Richard. Now I don't have to deal with that and just keep my eyes open for an intimate show. It all works out..

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 6:58 PM

How did Morrissey and only Morrissey catch a cold from Kristeen Young, if he did? No tour crew members? I doubt Young would or could hide the cold from him. Did he touch what she touched then rub his eyes and/or nose? Get so close to her he caught her cold? If you knew she was sick why keep her on the tour? Give her sick pay until she can come back if she could come back in time to finish the tour. She's toured with him for years so I'm only guessing he had an arrangement for her to be paid in case of sickness or emergency, or maybe not.

My new nickname for Morrissey:


Posted by D | June 13, 2014 7:14 PM

Just die already you old queen

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 7:33 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 7:58 PM

What promoter or venue in their right mind would work with him?

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 9:31 PM

I was looking forward to the show next weekend, but...what a fucking fag.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 9:32 PM

Set lists sucked this tour, glad he cancelled so I can get my $ back, Hammerstein 2007 was good enough for me

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 9:49 PM

it's AIDS

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 11:53 PM

9:31pm Apparently alot even since 2002 when he began his new life as MorrcancelledshowsIsee.

Posted by D | June 14, 2014 12:37 AM

Mick Ronson produced Your Arsenal, not Tony Visconti. Visconti produced Ringleader of the Tormentors.

Posted by J | June 14, 2014 7:55 AM


Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 4:47 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 5:27 PM

Did everyone learn their lesson? Never tell Morrissey you have allergies or he and his vultures will attack!

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 6:24 PM

I am a huge Morrissey/Smiths fan, but this recent shitstorm has been pathetic.

All these show cancellations.

Average new material.

Lame setlists that leave off his best material.

He should have just quit after the Autobiography came out, and ended things on a good note.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 6:47 PM

7:55-thank you. Also, the Boston show was incredible. I feel fortunate to have been there. I truly feel bad for those who missed out, and look forward to the new record-the new songs sounded great live. Get well, MOZ.

Posted by POSITIVE WAVES | June 14, 2014 6:59 PM

THIS guy..

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 10:42 PM

Does the world really want a Smith's reunion that Moz will just cancel ?

I think those offers are off the table now..

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2014 9:17 AM

lol, moz should book a smiths reunion and then cancel every show. just troll the whole world.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2014 10:34 AM

Kristeen once gave me chlamydia in college

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 11:22 AM

11:22 loses, just for hitting that

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 12:03 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 12:49 PM

Oh how I long for the days when I didn't know who Morissey was "as a person". I've never heard a nice word about the guy. Then THIS? Oh, so classless... so totally classless. Then to act as if that blame wasn't the act of a passive aggressive brat? Yes, she defended herself. Good for her. What a f'ing narcissist. Get some therapy.

Posted by Rach | June 19, 2014 2:40 PM

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