(via Rollingstone.com 10/26/09, 9:18 am EST)
Morrissey collapsed onstage on October 24th, just one song into his performance at Swindon, England’s Oasis Leisure Centre. The singer reportedly had trouble breathing during the concert, according to the Times Online, and he fell to his knees after completing the first song. Band members carried an unconscious Morrissey off the stage and paramedics were called to the scene. Morrissey regained consciousness by the time ambulances arrived, and the singer was taken to a nearby hospital.
Concertgoers said Morrissey “winced” as he performed the show’s opening song “This Charming Man,” eventually falling to his knees and collapsing. Twenty-five minutes after Morrissey’s fall, a crew member alerted the audience that the singer was “seriously ill” and that the performance was canceled. A spokesperson for the Great Western Hospital, where Morrissey was admitted after his collapse in Swindon, said in a statement, “Morrissey became unwell last night. He was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure. He was seen this morning and was much improved and has now been discharged.”
The former Smiths frontman has canceled his scheduled concert tonight at the Bournemouth’s Opera House due to “medical advice,” the singer’s official Website announced this morning. Many of the concerts on the current Swords tour are rescheduled dates after Morrissey canceled a handful of U.K. shows in May 2009, citing an “unspecified illness” that prevented him from singing. In fact, tomorrow night’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall was originally scheduled for May 11th, 2009. Morrissey also canceled four shows in Florida in March 2009 due to illness.
The initial reaction at the Swindon concert after Morrissey was carried off the stage was a chorus of boos, as Morrissey has “a bit of a poor track record for canceling his concerts,” one concertgoer told the Telegraph. “Everybody started booing, thinking ‘here we go again.’ ” Morrissey is currently scheduled to tour Europe through late November before returning to the States for a tour of the West Coast that runs until a December 11th in Ventura, California.
Dark Was The Night Comp Raises Hundreds of Thousands for Charity
Photo: The National's Bryce (left) and Aaron Dessner with Martin Mills of the Beggars Group present the Red Hot Organization with a check
Earlier in the year, 4AD released Dark Was the Night, the double-disc compilation that the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner compiled and produced. The Dessners managed to round up contributions from a deeply impressive list of indie A-listers: Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors with David Byrne, Ben Gibbard and Leslie Feist, and too many others to name. A few months later, they rounded up many of the same people for a huge benefit show at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Proceeds from both the album and the show went to the Red Hot Organization, which raises money for AIDS awareness. Today, 4AD's website reports that the album has, to date, raised £423,212-- or $668,358 American-- for the Red Hot Organization.
Jay-Z to Perform at World Series
On the song "Empire State of Mind", Jay-Z raps, "Shit, I made the Yankees hat more famous than a Yankee can." On Wednesday night, he'll get the chance to prove that boast when he and Alicia Keys perform the Blueprint 3 track at Yankee Stadium before game one of the World Series, according to MTV. Beat that, Philly.
(Editor's note: Fuck the Yankees! Go Phillies!)
Posted by Ryan Dombal on October 26, 2009 at 2:50 p.m.