Morrissey cancels a lot of shows, and he doesn’t always have the best reasons for doing it. But last night, Morrissey had to cancel a show, and it wasn’t his fault. Shortly before he was set to play a sold-out show at Boulder’s Boulder Theater last night, keyboardist Gustavo Manzur collapsed backstage and had to be taken to an area hospital. Morrissey himself went out onstage and told the crowd that he couldn’t play.
As Boulder’s Daily Camera reports, Morrissey told the crowd, “Our good friend Gustavo has collapsed and is in your local hospital. We don’t know what’s happened to him. This is a family, we stay together. We can’t move until we know what’s happened to him. This is why things are ticking backwards and all we can do is wait.” Shortly afterwards, an official announced that the show was canceled and refunds would be available.
Here’s fan-made video of Morrissey making the announcement:
Shout out to that Boulder crowd for not booing. A lot of crowds would’ve booed.
UPDATE: Morrissey mouthpiece site True To You shared a statement along with a photo of Manzur recovering at the hospital:
Gustavo Manzur collapsed and was hospitalized two hours before the band were due on stage at Boulder in Colorado. Morrissey made an on stage announcement and the sell-out crowd were greatly understanding and supportive. Gustavo is recuperating today. Doctors have advised one week of rest.
Gustavo and the band are determined to make the shows at Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago.