Cliff Richard has announced a free headline show in New York after his Morrissey support show was cancelled.
The singer will play The Gramercy Theatre on June 21, and ticket holders for the original show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will be let in as a priority. The gig will then be first come first served. For more details, visit CliffRichard.org.
Announcing the news of the new free show via a video message on Facebook, Richard commented: “I know that many of you are disappointed because the New York concert is cancelled, but what can you do? Morrissey is not well. I am also disappointed… I’ve decided I’m going to go anyway to New York and I’m going to put on an evening. It won’t be the show I had planned to do at Morrissey but it could be a real nice evening… I hope I’ll see you and we’ll get over our disappointment together.”
Morrissey was recently forced to postpone live dates in Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington. He then cancelled his entire US tour to give him time to recover from his bout of ill health, which included his show with Sir Cliff.
Speaking to Uncut recently, Richard explained “I’m really excited. Because even though I’ve had seven Top 30 successes in America, only three of them are in the Top 10, so I’m kind of unknown there, and have no identity there. So for me it’s fantastic. I shall always be grateful to him [Morrissey] for getting me a chance in New York, of all places, to be able to sing to 12,000 or more people.”