What Does Morrissey’s Collapse Say About the Music Industry?


Just days after we spotted him lunching in West Hollywood, singer Morrissey collapsed on stage after performing just one song on his tour’s first date Saturday. There’s a metaphor in here somewhere.

The Smiths’ singer appeared unwell during his first song, “This Charming Man,” and collapsed to his knees on stage at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Wiltshire, in southwest England. He was taken to the hospital and held overnight, where he was listed as stable; he was released on Sunday night.

Fans could be forgiven for thinking it was another “Here goes Morrissey, canceling one of his concerts again” stunts; the singer has a tendency to do that. But his on-stage collapse is also indicative of the very industry he inhabits: On its last legs, always struggling to make it through one last hurrah before finally giving up, only to reemerge at a later date weaker, a little unrecognizable, and with music lovers bewildered.