Former The Smiths singer Morrissey is reported to have walked off stage mid-show during a recent concert in Tucson, Arizona. The 57 year old is said to have lost his voice during the performance, forcing him to exit after just six songs.
Morrissey is known to throw the occasional tantrum, and has often walked off stage mid-show as an act of protest in the past. The singer memorably abandoned the stage during his 2009 set at Coachella Festival after claiming “the smell of burning animals is making me sick”. He also stormed off stage after just 25 minutes at a gig in Poland in 2014, after receiving verbal abuse from a member of the audience.
The singer’s most recent bail out came as a huge surprise to the packed Tucson audience; however, this time it appears to have been for a more serious reason. Prior to his performance of fan favourite ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, Morrissey told the audience: “It seems I have left half my mouth in Guadalajara,” “But I will stand here and I will sing, and, if necessary, I will drop dead.”
After struggling to get the lyrics out towards the end of the song, Morrissey left the stage without saying a word to his adoring fans. Shortly afterwards keyboard player Gustav Manzur announced to the crowd that Morrissey would not be continuing with his performance, stating: “His voice is shot. You heard it. He’s been trying, trying really hard. He came out, he tried. His voice is really shot. We’re sorry. He’s sorry. You know he tried.”
In other news, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn revealed this week that he had spent almost a month trying to persuade Morrissey to perform on the new Gorillaz record ‘Humanz’. Some of the other artists to have rejected Albarn’s advances include Sade and Dionne Warwick.