1. Yes, he’s sick, but it’s really nothing too serious.
Last month, it was announced that Morrissey would be rescheduling dates on his current tour because of serious health issues that required him to be hospitalized, leaving his fans nervous for his well-being.
The multiple press releases, statements, and news stories surrounding Morrissey’s health have been kinda confusing, since they offered what seemed like 82,759 different explanations for what’s the matter with our dude. It’s worrisome when someone like Moz has one major health problem, let alone the several that he’s dealing with right now.
So, what’s really going on with Morrissey? Well, he’s recovering from a bleeding ulcer, a concussion, and Barrett’s esophagus, the last of which most of his fans had never heard of before he came down with it. It turns out the condition is a disorder having to do with stomach acid damaging the food pipe. It can sometimes lead to cancer of the esophagus, but nothing like that has been observed in Moz (thank goodness).
So don’t worry too much! Although this sounds like a scary combination, Morrissey is obviously a superhero who practically has this stuff beat already (although he did have to cancel a month’s worth of tour dates). He’ll be ready to perform again by the 26th, when he’ll appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and in the meantime, he had this to say to Morrissey fan site True To You:
Please don’t be too appalled if you see me out and about this week in the Hollywood area. Perversely, it’s all in accordance with doctor’s orders: to have myself re-integrated with the call of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd; the flash of light and the full thrust of mosh-pit sound. Illness turns the body into a complete stranger, and I’ll be testing the capabilities of my strides at the most unlikely music shows this week…if you bump into me this week at a heavy rock show, please understand that I’m lowering myself into the cut and thrust after weeks on ice - horizontal, with sockets empty of eyes.
But! He expects to be fully recovered soon enough:
Our goal, now, is San Diego, by which time my blood-work shall have finally taken its course and I shall be shot from a cannon and might even be equipped with an extra eye.
So he’ll be up and about onstage very soon, but if you’re really missing him, you could always be a super-creep and try to figure out which shows he’ll be attending! Except, don’t, because that would be really weird.
3. In other Moz news, Staples Center is going totally vegetarian for him, which it had previously refused to do for anyone else (including Paul McCartney).
If all goes well and Morrissey is indeed feeling better by the end of the month, on March 1, he and special guest Patti Smith are playing a sold-out show at Staples Center. The venue has agreed to go totally meatless for the day out of respect for Morrissey’s political views about vegetarianism. They’re even closing the McDonald’s locations inside of the center entirely, and a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to PETA. This is the only time Staples Center has done anything like this — in the past, they refused to go meat-free for even Paul McCartney.