Morrissey may not be famed for his reliability when it comes to live performance – cancelled shows are hardly rare – but his decision to walk off stage during a concert in Arizona on Monday night was unusual even for him. Leaving the audience after only six songs, he unceremoniously left the stage after finishing the 1988 hit, and fan favourite, ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ – leaving a rather bemused looking band to finish the song without him.
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Despite saying earlier on during the evening that “I left part of my mouth in Guadalajara but I will stand here, I will sing and, if necessary, I will drop dead”, Morrissey didn’t quite manage to live up to the promise, leaving the audience after a little over half an hour into the show. The manager of the venue that played host to Morrissey that evening has said that they’re currently working out plans to either reschedule the show or refund gig-goers, however details have yet to be announced.
Not long after Morrissey exited the stage, his band followed suit, with keyboardist Gustavo Manzur briefly returning to say “His voice is shot – you heard it. He’s been trying really hard. He came out, he tried. His voice is really shot. We’re sorry, he’s sorry, you know he tried.”
For anyone wondering, the six songs he did manage to play were:
When Last I Spoke to Carol
Staircase at the University
Everyday Is Like Sunday