Ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has hinted at his retirement, posting a letter to fans on website True To You declaring the cancellation of his South American tour due to a lack of funding and saying that this is “the last of many final straws”.
The 54-year-old had also postponed some dates after coming down with severe food poisoning. As should be expected from the lyricist from The Smiths, Morrissey doesn’t specifically say he’s quitting the biz in his open letter but one could definitely interpret it that way:
“I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized – due, I’m reliably advised, to lack of funding. It’s quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G.
“In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried this really is the last of many final straws, and I am not alone in feeling this. The future is suddenly absent, and my apologies are now so frequent as to be somewhat ridiculous, and it is I who apologize because no one else would bother.
“It is agonizing to be responsible for imparting such news – especially when it springs upon me unexpectedly and inexplicably. But the collapse of South America rings the curtain down with a colossal thud, and the major problems remain as insoluble now as they were in 2009. The obvious conclusion stares back at me from the mirror, and the wheels are finally off the covered wagon. Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing.
“As always I ask your pardon, and I offer pangs of overwhelming love and gratitude to the band and the crew, whose loyalty stretched above and beyond. I shall see you in my dreams.”
Morrissey released his last solo album, Years Of Refusal, in 2009. And if you’re hoping for a Smiths reunion tour, uncross those fingers – the frontman has sworn he’ll never do one, telling The Hollywood Reporter back in January that “a reformation will never take place because reformations can only work if the same spirit that made the band form in the first place still exists. But it doesn’t.”