Morrissey scraps fifth UK show

British singer-songwriter Morrissey performs at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LONDON (Reuters) - Flamboyant singer and 1980s indie icon, Morrissey, has been forced to cancel a fifth concert of his current UK tour after doctors insisted he must rest his voice.

Event organisers said the former lead singer of The Smiths, who recently turned 50, would not be appearing at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Thursday night due to a throat illness.

“Morrissey is on continued doctor’s orders not to sing, to ensure a complete recuperation,” concert organisers said in a statement.

It is the fifth show he has had to scrap from the UK leg of his world tour. He has played eleven shows of the sixteen dates scheduled in the UK, his record company said.

Morrissey’s forthcoming shows at the same venue on May 29 and 30 will still go ahead, however, his record company said.

Despite having to cancel a string of dates in Birmingham, London and Salisbury, Morrisey did manage to appear at the Manchester Apollo last Friday on his 50th Birthday.

The gig -- in his hometown where he received a rapturous reception - featured Smiths’ classics and his acclaimed solo work.

Event organisers apologised to fans for the latest cancellation and advised them to hang on to their tickets pending further announcements.

Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi