British indie music icon Morrissey, renowned for his influential role as the former frontman of The Smiths, has unexpectedly canceled his upcoming shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. This sudden announcement comes as a letdown for fans eagerly awaiting the “40 years of Morrissey” tour, which was set to begin in Singapore at the Star Theatre on November 9.
Morrissey’s concert in Hong Kong was highly anticipated, scheduled to be held at AsiaWorld-Expo Hong Kong in Lantau on November 16. This would have been his first performance in Hong Kong since his 2016 sell-out show at MacPherson Stadium in Mong Kok, which still lingers in the memories of many fans. The tour was also set to make a stop at Samyan Mitrtown in Bangkok on November 18.
However, the sudden cancellation of these shows has been attributed to “unforeseeable technical difficulties,” as stated on the AsiaWorld-Expo Hong Kong’s website. The organizers extended their apologies for the unexpected change and the inconvenience it may have caused to those who had been looking forward to the events. As of now, tickets for Morrissey’s November 28 concert in Tokyo are still available for purchase, with no indications of changes to this schedule.
This cancellation adds to a series of disappointments for music enthusiasts in Hong Kong, who have recently witnessed a decline in international artists including their city in tour itineraries. Big-name musicians like Taylor Swift and Coldplay have also excluded Hong Kong from their recent tours, further dampening the spirits of the local concert-going community.
Morrissey, known for his distinctive baritone and profound lyricism, has enjoyed a successful solo career spanning over four decades, following his time with The Smiths in the 1980s. His influence in the indie music scene is substantial, with a dedicated global fan base that cherishes his contributions to music.
The cancellation of these shows in Asia, particularly without rescheduled dates, has left fans questioning when they will next have the opportunity to witness Morrissey’s live performances. For many, the hope is that the tour will resume and eventually make its way back to their cities, allowing them to experience the unique artistry of Morrissey in person.