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Axed Morrissey gigs rescheduled

Morrissey says he is now "as close to good health" as he is "likely to get"

Singer Morrissey has announced new dates for the four London concerts cancelled last week due to illness.

The concert scheduled to take place at the Troxy in Mile End on 26 May will now take place on 18 July.

The three cancelled concerts at the Brixton Academy, meanwhile, will now take place on 19, 21 and 22 July.

The former Smiths front man has also announced four new concerts, to take place in Swindon, Bournemouth, Leeds and Sheffield in October.

"Morrissey and organisers thank everyone for their patience and well-wishes," said the 50-year-old's representatives in a statement.

Doctors told Morrissey not to perform last week in order to ensure "a complete recuperation" from a throat illness.

'Titanic struggle'

Writing on his official site, the singer said he had been "reconstructed by a Wiltshire hospital" and was "as close to good health as I'm likely to get".

"I apologise to everyone caught up in the to-ing and fro-ing," he said.

However, he continued, "the disappointment of postponement is less than the disappointment of hearing me sing on one engine.

"I've endured a titanic struggle against an intolerable virus lately," he added. "False notes crush the soul."

Morrissey also warned his fans to be wary of "sharply chiselled replies" posted in his name on MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites.

"This person is not me," he said. "Not enough happens in my life that I would wish to share it with others."

The singer said he would resume his tour, "absorbed and collected," in Luxembourg on Friday.

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