A "medical emergency" has forced singer Morrissey to reschedule two Canadian tour dates, with a number of further shows also in jeopardy.

The former Smiths frontman was due to play in Vancouver tonight (April 14) and Monday in what would have been the first gigs in Canada for 15 years.

The gigs would have been Morrissey's first in 15 years 

The shows have now been rescheduled for October 14 and 15 of this year.

In a statement on Saturday night, Ticketmaster said: "Due to a medical emergency stemming from an accident incurred while traveling in Europe, Morrissey will be forced to postpone his performances in Vancouver to October 14th and 15th, 2019.

"Spirits are high and the artist is on the path to a swift recovery.  All tickets will be valid for the new date and exchanges will not be necessary. Thank you for your understanding.

"Morrissey looks forward to making his long-awaited return to the city and wishes to deeply thank everyone for their patience. All remaining dates on Morrissey’s tour will resume as planned, commencing in Toronto on Friday Apr 26."

In advance of the dates, outspoken animal rights activist Morrissey wrote to Canada clothing brand Canada Goose to demand they remove fur and feather from its products. He added that he would rally fans to support his fight.

Morrissey has previously refused to play in Canada due to its seal hunt.

Writing on the website Morrissey Central last September, he said: "My decision to return to Canada after almost 15 years of protest against its savage and Neanderthal annual Baby Seal Kill is entirely because my stance was ultimately of no use and helped no one.

"My voice was drowned out by the merciless swing of spiked axes crushing the heads of babies. On my return to Canada I feel that I can be of more use by making sizeable donations to animal protection groups in each city that I play."

As part of Record Store Day on Saturday, Morrissey released a new 7″ record single, with an A-side featuring Lover-To-Be, a bonus track taken from the recent deluxe edition of his latest solo album Low In High School

Morrissey recently said he would play a one-week residency on Broadway.

His current tour is in support of his latest album California Son, a covers record that features Billie Joe Armstrong, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and more.

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