Why Did Morrissey, Vince Neil and Rihanna Cancel Their Shows?

It hasn’t been the best week for singers. Three, Morrissey, Vince Neil, and Rihanna had to cancel their shows due to illness.

The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, is back in the hospital. In January, he was hospitalized for Barrett’s esophagus and a bleeding ulcer. Now, a statement on his website True To You reports that he has “double pneumonia:”

Morrissey is presently being treated in San Francisco for “double pneumonia”, but remains on course to headline the Vive Latino festival in Mexico City on March 14.

“Double Pneumonia” is a made-up medical condition which really means that a person has pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, in both lungs.

9 Things to Know about Pneumonia

1. Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year in the United States.

2. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

3. Ways you can get pneumonia include:

  • Bacteria and viruses living in your nose, sinuses, or mouth may spread to your lungs.
  • You may breathe some of these germs directly into your lungs.
  • You breathe in (inhale) food, liquids, vomit, or fluids from the mouth into your lungs (aspiration pneumonia)

4.  Pneumonia caused by bacteria tends to be the most serious kind. In adults, bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia.

5.  The most common pneumonia-causing germ in adults is Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).

6.  Atypical pneumonia, often called walking pneumonia, is caused by bacteria such as Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae.

7.  Viruses are a common cause of pneumonia, especially in infants and children.

8.  The most common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  • Cough (with some pneumonias you may cough up greenish or yellow mucus, or even bloody mucus)
  • Fever, which may be mild or high
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs)

9. If a bacterial pneumonia is diagnosed, it will be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotics need to be taken for the full length of time prescribed to fully treat the infection and to prevent a re-occurence.

"The Surreal Life"Pictured: Vince NeilCredit: © The WB/Bruce Malone

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil left the stage during a concert in Australia March 10th when he experienced severe abdominal pain. He was taken to the emergency room where he was diagnosed as having kidney stones.

Bandmates Nikki Sixx and  Mick Mars took to Twitter to apologize to fans for the short set saying:

“Sydney, my apologies for a short set this evening. Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to the hospital.”

9 Things to Know about Kidney Stones

1.  Kidney stones are one of the most painful of the urological disorders, and have troubled humans for centuries.

2.  Scientists have even found evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy!

3.  They are also one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. Each year, people make almost 3 million visits to health care providers and more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.

4.  A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the crystals from forming. These inhibitors do not seem to work for everyone, however, so some people form stones.

5.  If the crystals remain tiny enough, they will travel through the urinary tract and pass out of the body in the urine without being noticed.

6.  Kidney stones may contain various combinations of chemicals. The most common type of stone contains calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. These chemicals are part of a person’s normal diet and make up important parts of the body, such as bones and muscles.

7.  The symptoms of a kidney stone problem include:

  • extreme pain in your back or side that will not go away
  • blood in your urine
  • fever and chills
  • vomiting
  • urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
  • a burning feeling when you urinate

8.  Most kidney stones pass out of the body without any intervention by a physician. Drinking plenty of water—2 to 3 quarts a day—can help move the stone along.

9.  Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most frequently used procedure for the treatment of kidney stones. In ESWL, shock waves that are created outside the body travel through the skin and body tissues until they hit the denser stones. The stones break down into small particles and are easily passed through the urinary tract in the urine.



Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour has gotten off to a shaky start, when the 25-year-old Barbadian recording artist had to cancel  a sold-out show at Boston’s TD Garden Saturday night.

A statement from her reps said that “Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor’s instruction is unable to perform this evening.”

Rihanna later tweeted:

rihanna concert cancelled

 9 Things to Know About Laryngitis

1.  The larynx, or voice box, lies at the top of the windpipe (trachea), just below where the back of the throat (pharynx), just below the back of the tongue. The larynx is made up a skeleton of consists of nine cartilages.

2.  Housed within the larynx are the vocal cords -two folds of smooth muscle.

3.  Air passing from the lungs larynx causes the vocal cords to vibrate and produce the sound of your voice.

4.  Laryngitis is swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the voice box (larynx).  When the vocal cords swell, they vibrate differently. This can lead to hoarseness.

5.  The most common form of laryngitis is an infection caused by a virus, such as cold or flu viruses.

6.  It may also be caused by allergies, bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritants or chemicals, injury from vocal trauma,  or pneumonia.

7.  Symptoms can include fever, hoarseness, and swollen lymph nodes or glands in the neck.

8.  Because laryngitis is usually caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used to treat laryngitis.

9.  Resting your voice helps by reducing inflammation of the vocal cords. Drinking lots of fluids and using a humidifier may soothe the scratchy feeling that comes with laryngitis. Serious injury to the vocal cords can result from strenuous voice use during an episode of acute laryngitis.

I heard that Justin Bieber also cancelled a concert in Portugal this week. According to TMZ, “Justin Bieber cancelled his Portugal concert Tuesday — not because he’s sick, not because he’s melting down — because ticket sales were ‘soft’ and it felt like the right thing to do. Just tell that to the fans who are getting stood up.”

What is HIS problem?

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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