March 23, 2013


Doctors Tell Morrissey to Retire From Music

Scott Legato
Scott Legato

After Morrissey cancelled his entire North American tour due to several ailments, including bleeding ulcers and double pneumonia, the former Smiths crooner's doctors are suggesting he retire from music.

"I have been cautioned to [retire], but it's difficult for me because it's very ingrained in me," Morrissey said in an interview with Reactor 105.7 radio in Mexico City, where the Emo King is resting.

Moz described his illnesses is sometimes gruesome detail, calling the period a "very bad time."

"I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work ... I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline ... I had lost so much blood I had become anemic, but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now."

Morrissey's woes began earlier this year forcing him to cancel of concert dates. He did, however, play a couple of shows including a much-hyped gig at the Staples Center in L.A. (which, after much hoopla, did in fact have meat on vendors' menus).

"It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once," Morrissey added. "The double pneumonia—everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn't cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold." 

Feel better, Morrissey!