Mark E. Smith
Concerns raised over Mark E. Smith's health...

The Fall have been forced to cancel a Bristol show moments before going onstage.

The band have endured a difficult year, with concerns raised over the health of frontman and guiding force Mark E. Smith.

Sadly, it seems that these health issues have come to the fore once again, with The Fall cancelling a Bristol show moments before going onstage.

A message on the band's website blames "repository problems" with Mark E. Smith issuing an apology to fans.

"Unfortunately as with The Fall show last night in Bristol (cancelled last minute) I’m sorry to say the same will be happening tonight."

"The London KoKo Club show is now CANCELLED. Can anyone who knows people going etc help get the word out… I really don’t want people travelling for no reason in this bitter cold."

"I know it’s not as last minute as last night, but it’s still last minute in my eyes. And I’m really, really sorry. I can’t think of much to say today, as all my focus is on Mark. And we are all a bit gutted. It’s been a weird year. But the man himself has a message for you all, so I’m gonna post that right here, under this… Best, Pam V, manager. P.S big thanks to the promoter for both shows, Tobi, for being a real stand-up guy."

The message from Mark E. Smith reads: "A Message to All, to All. From Mark E. Smith/The Fall group. As I, like Pr Rupert leave Bristol with my tail between my legs, I wish to give my great apologies to everybody. This idiotic idea to do both shows was purely my idea, against the advice of Pamela and The Fall group, agent & promoter. Hope to replace shows within 4 – 6 weeks. In the interim we have eight new songs ready to go and will try and let you hear a few before Christmas."

"From head patient to you, the patients. I love you all but cannot embrace you all, Mark E. Smith."

Get well soon, sir!

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