Morrissey Cancels Shows Amid Tommy Robinson Support Backlash
Singer's management announced that they were facing issues
Music icon Morrisey has canceled a number of shows next month citing "logistical problems" as a backlash continues for the singer's recent public support for jailed activist Tommy Robinson.
Morrisey's management announced that they were facing issues "beyond our control" on Friday night.
The former Smiths singer recently out about his support of the controversial party For Britain and Tommy Robinson saying:
"I don't think the word 'racist' has any meaning anymore, other than to say 'you don't agree with me, so you're a racist'."
The Smiths icon said that the treatment of former EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson has been “shocking” and unfair.
Earlier this year Morrisey slammed the UK for being so "politically correct" it has destroyed free speech.
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According to SkyNews: The former Smiths frontman, 59, had been due to play two gigs at Castlefield Bowl in his home city of Manchester on 7 and 8 July.
Other shows had been scheduled for Reading, Portsmouth and Edinburgh in July.
A statement shared on Morrisey's official Facebook page said: "Due to logistical problems beyond our control, the UK/European Morrissey concerts scheduled for July will be postponed.
"We deeply regret any inconvenience to the fans and promise to reschedule UK and European dates as soon as possible."
"All original purchasers from official ticket outlets will have the full ticket fee refunded including booking fee to their credit/debit cards. Refunds from ticket agents will be actioned from midday on Monday, July 2."
Morrissey's manager, Peter Katsis, had earlier criticised the organizer of an anti-racism party in Manchester, which was due to take place at the same time as his concert and just around the corner.
Campaigners, who say they are former Morrissey fans, are holding the event after he made comments supporting jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson.
In a statement, Katsis accused the event's organizer, Dave Haslam, of being an attention-seeker and claimed the move was "bulls**t".
Haslam, a former DJ at Manchester's Hacienda nightclub, said:
"I sympathize with fans who made plans to see him, we know what it's like to be let down by Morrissey.
"If dates are rescheduled, we'll be happy once again to provide an alternative event in the city. One that counters Morrissey's support for Tommy Robinson and the far right."
Katsis, of Deckstar Management, previously called Haslam a "has-been", claiming he was never a Morrissey fan and had an agenda.