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Morrissey Cancels South American Tour, Hints At Retirement

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has cancelled the remaining dates of his current South American tour, citing a 'lack of funding' and hinting that he may be planning to retire.

In a dire-sounding post on a fansite True To You, Morrissey wrote:

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.

Morrissey had canceled a planned tour of North America earlier this year, citing a range of maladies, including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a gastrointestinal problem called Barrett's esophagus. And that followed previous cancellations in late 2012 for family reasons.

While the above quote does suggest that Moz may be pondering the life of a retiree, Morrissey fans should not submit completely to despair. Still in the wings is the singer's promised 660-page autobiography. Morrissey hinted that the tome might be published by Penguin but as of yet, there has been no official announcement about a publisher or release date. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers