Thousands of Morrissey fans were left disappointed last night when the star axed a concert mid way through the second song.
The former Smiths frontman, who collapsed on stage three weeks ago, was hit by a bottle of beer thrown from the crowd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Morrissey had opened the concert with the words: “It’s Saturday, it’s Liverpool, it’s raining, it’s perfect” before launching into the Smiths’ hit 'This Charming Man', had show no signs of the respiratory illness which saw him hospitalised overnight on October 24.
But during his second song, 'Black Cloud', the 50-year-old stepped to the front of the stage to shake the hands of fans when a plastic bottle of beer was hurled toward him and struck him in the eye.
The singer stood up and said “goodnight” to the stunned 8,000 strong crowd before walking off stage. His fans then burst into chants of “Morrissey, Morrissey. Morrissey” in an effort to get the performance back on track.
But about five minutes later an announcement was made to a chorus of boos that he had been hit on the head and would not be resuming the concert.
Jay Silker, 27, from Mossley Hill, Liverpool, said: “If there’s ever a singer who would not take kindly to a bottle being thrown at him, it’s Morrissey.”
Iain Kavanagh, 33, from Liverpool, said: “Some people were complaining afterwards because he’s been in the game for years and he should be used to it by now.
“But he’s a 50-year-old man who has just been ill and he deserves better than that.”
Concertgoers have been advised to contact their ticket retailer to find out if they will get their money back.