85 year old Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, has been forced to cancel his U.S. tour due to complications from back injury. Morricone who has turned down films like Pulp Fiction, lent two original pieces to the Django Unchained soundtrack and has worked with legendary pop artists such as Sting, the Pet Shop Boys, k.d.lang and Andrea Bocelli.
Morricone’s highly anticipated performance June 13th at Cushman & Wakefield Theater in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, would have been his first in New York since 2007, while the June 15th performance at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles would have been his first ever. The two shows were scheduled to feature an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers, performing his iconic film scores.
Morricone, who has cancelled concerts from march through June due to recovering from a back injury sustained in March said, “I’m extremely disappointed to have to cancel these concerts. I was very much looking forward to my first Los Angeles performance and only my second New York City performance. Hollywood has been instrumental in bringing my work to American audiences, and my 2007 performance in New York was one of the high points of my career to date. I apologize to my fans for having to cancel these shows, and hope that I am able to make it back soon.”
Although first expected to have a fast recovery, doctors have found new complications, causing Morricone to take off up to eight months, leaving him to compose film scores.
When asked, his lawyer explained, “He has been affected by a back injury that prevents him from conducting orchestras and traveling by plane.”
Some of Ennio Marricones scores from over 450 films include A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite; Cinema Paradiso; 1900, Malena; The Untouchables; Once Upon A Time in America; The Mission; U-Turn; The Unknown Woman; and The Best Offer.
For the Brooklyn show, all online and phone credit card orders will be automatically refunded. Remaining refunds will be available at point of purchase. For the Los Angeles show, refunds will be provided at point of purchase or by contacting AXS at 1-888-929-7849.