Bad news for cinefiles and music lovers: Ennio Morricone's upcoming shows in NYC (June 13 @ Barclays Center) and LA (June 15 @ Nokia Theater) -- which were already rescheduled from March -- have been canceled, due to a back injury. From the Morricone camp:

Morricone has been in recovery since March, when he suffered a back injury that forced the postponement of these concerts from March to June. He was expected to make a fast recovery, however his doctors have now found further complications. His lawyer explains, "He has been affected by a back injury that prevents him from conducting orchestras and traveling by plane." Under very strict medical orders, Morricone has had to cancel the U.S. and other concerts and turn down offers until he is fully recovered, which could take up to eight months of rest. Until then, he will continue to compose film scores.

Morricone remarked, "I'm extremely disappointed to have to cancel these concerts. I was very much looking forward to my first Los Angeles performance and only my second New York City performance. Hollywood has been instrumental in bringing my work to American audiences, and my 2007 performance in New York was one of the high points of my career to date. I apologize to my fans for having to cancel these shows, and hope that I am able to make it back soon."

Feel better, Ennio, and we hope you make it back soon too. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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