Three top artists have been hit with unexpected obstacles in the past few days. Cher has had to cancel her remaining tour dates, Lily Allen’s label has folded, and Morrissey was heckled off the stage.
Cher: The 68-year-old singer has been forced to cancel the rest of her Dressed to Kill tour as she recovers from an illness. After 49 tour dates, she took a scheduled break in July. Right before she returned in September, she was hit with an acute viral infection that affected kidney function. Cher continued to perform, but her doctors have now urged her to take more time off so that she can make a full recovery. Ticketholders can receive refunds from their point of purchase for the 29 shows affected.
“I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” she said. “I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.”
Lily Allen: After a three-year run, Lily Allen’s record label, ITNO (In The Name Of), has shut down. Allen formed the label in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music UK and signed two hit acts, including Cults and Tom Odell. Though it is unclear what caused ITNO to fold, a representative for Allen has confirmed the departure in a statement.
“Lily will shortly be announcing a new signing/consulting role for another label and meantime is very happy that Tom Odell’s records will be released on Columbia, who were the distributors for ITNO. Further details of Lily’s new venture will be made available in due course.”
Morrissey: The former Smiths frontman walked off the stage just 5 songs into his Wednesday night performance in Warsaw, Poland, due to the heckling of one disruptive fan. Witnesses have reported that the comments, which came around 25 minutes in, were cancer-related. The 55-year-old singer was just recently treated for cancer.
According to a statement on event organizer Live Nation’s Polish Facebook page, “one of the spectators standing close to the scene said extremely offensive and chauvinistic words at the artist.” For the fans who missed out at the Warsaw show, Live Nation offered free admission to his Thursday show in Krakow as consolation.