Hand In Gloves: Morrissey cancels California gig due to cold weather and broken stage heater

Photo: Hamish Brown

Stop us if you think you’ve heard…. ahhh shit we’ve already used that line.

Well, in news that should surprise no one, Morrissey celebrated the first cancellation of his ongoing tour last night, pulling the plug on his gig at the outdoor Vina Robles Amphitheatre in central California.

The reason for the cancellation: Temperatures in the city of Paso Robles dropped to the 40s, and, according to reports, the venue’s on-stage heating system had malfunctioned.

After shows in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, the Paso Robles gig was the fourth in Morrissey’s latest tour, celebrating the November 17 release of new album Low In High School. The 16-date tour concludes at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on December 7.

Of course, fans at the 3,000-seat Vina Robles Amphitheatre were not pleased when a voice came over the PA system stating: “Due to an inoperable heating system on stage, tonight’s engagement is postponed.” The gig will be rescheduled for 2018, but that was no comfort to those out in the grass bundled up in blankets. Watch video of the announcement below.

Cancellations by the former Smiths singer by now are well documented, but Slicing Up Eyeballs has a breakdown of the latest: “Always a risky ticket buy, Morrissey’s tours have grown more trouble-plagued in recent years. This past spring, he canceled his third concert in San Antonio, Texas, in just six months after his voice went out. And that came after his U.S. tour in late 2016 was beset with cancellations and reschedulings after keyboard player Gustavo Manzur fell ill before a show in Boulder, Colo.”

A few years ago, Morrissey postponed a gig mid-show at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, only to return a few months later. In true Mozzer fashion, he opened the rescheduled show with The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.”

His next gigs are a pair of big ones: Friday and Saturday at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Help us, global warming.

Featured Morrissey photo by Hamish Brown.

In True #Morrissey fashion… Heaven knows I’m miserable now.

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