Last month we brought you the news that Morrissey had signed a new record deal with Harvest Records, and would be announcing tour dates shortly. After a month of suspense, the former Smiths frontman has revealed via True-To-You a string of U.S. dates. Support on the May 10th and June 21st dates will come from Kristeen Young, along with support from Tom Jones on the former and Sir Cliff Richard on the latter. Check out the full routing below. (more…)
Looks like Morrissey did not take the advice of former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, whose open letter to the ex-Smiths frontman implored him to crowd-fund his next album. (I like to imagine him fulfilling the “Have dinner with Moz” level reward, or playing a suburban house party, or perhaps having backers in the studio to sing harmony on his record.)
No, Morrissey took the traditional route and got a label to pay for his record. In this case, it’s Harvest Records, distributed by Capitol. Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, Beck, The Strokes) will be at the controls when the record is recorded this month in France. Tour dates will follow, and then probably be cancelled, but then rescheduled.
It looks like Morrissey has caught a bit of the ol’ writing bug. After releasing his autobiography last year, Morrissey is already hard at work on his first novel, and getting ready to record a new album. In many ways, he says, writing is more satisfying than the music industry.
“It’s all, now, solely a question of marketing,” Morrissey answered in a Q&A with True To You earlier this month, “All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know.”
When asked about the new album, Morrissey noted that he’s already named one track after his favorite city, Istanbul. He even hinted at a David Bowie collaboration that sadly, may never be.
“A producer (Tony Visconti), who is a very close friend of David Bowie, tried to get both Bowie and I together to do our version of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,’ with David doing the deep Bill Medley parts, and me doing the Bobby Hatfield shrieks,” he said. “I loved this idea, but David wouldn’t budge. I know I’ve criticized David in the past, but it’s all been snot-nosed junior high ribbing on my part. I think he knows that.”
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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a little activism from everyone’s favorite vegetarian musician, Morrissey. Describing the holiday as “Thankskilling,” the Smiths vocalist wrote in a recent fan zine blog, “Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit. And President Obama laughs. Haha, so funny! As Ingrid Newkirk from PETA points out, turkey ‘meat’ is one of ‘our nation’s top killers,’ causing heart-attacks and strokes in humans due to saturated animal fats and cholesterol. And President Obama laughs.”
The post goes on to describe the meat industry, greenhouse-gas emission, and the effect of the industry on the environment. But, we don’t want to spoil too much for you. Check it out for yourself right here.
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Scheduled for an August 29 release, 25 Live is a celebration of Morrissey‘s 25 years as a solo artist. The film captures the singer’s March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, and serves as the first official concert film for Moz since 2005’s Who Put The M In Manchester?
Eagle Rock Entertainment is planning an eventual home video release for 25 Live, but no details are available yet. You can view the full list of theaters, as well as the full trailer, at the end of post.
Between recent postponements and cancelations in the U.S. and abroad, this may be your best shot at seeing Morrissey in 2013.
Though this is the biggest development as of yet, Morrissey has been having health problems throughout 2013. A bleeding ulcer already forced the former Smiths frontman to postpone three shows, while double pneumonia led him to reschedule his San Francisco concert.
Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour, a statement says.
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Morrissey Watch ’13: Moz is back on the road. The serial canceller (he has a cold, his mom is sick, his dog ate his discography, he can’t get his shirt off, he’s feeling upbeat) has announced 25 new dates for the U.S. of A. Check them out at Spin.
Battle of the bands heats up: For a while there, it seemed like an easy win to get Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers named as the official rock song of Massachusetts. The paean to Rt. 128 livin’ name checks the Stop n Shop and openly declares love for the state, and hails the power of Massachusetts. But now, the campaign (initiated by Boston-based politco/musico/publicisto Joyce Linehan, who enlisted Rep. Marty Walsh to introduce the bill) has found challengers in the form of not-really-music-fans who are offended at the idea of a state rock song being something other than the classic rock songs they can hear while dining at Applebees. Hey Aerosmith is from Boston, these two local representatives presumably said to themselves, so let’s make it Dream On, even though that song has nothing to do with the state. How about Freeze Frame, dumbasses? Or My Best Friend’s Girl? Step-by-Step?
I’m not looking at you David Lowrey: Emily White, the same NPR Music intern whose blog post I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With sparked an Internet firestorm has finally delivered a measured and though-provoking follow-up. We wouldn’t call it a response to her critics, since she wisely does not engage them or discuss the nature of the debate itself, as many did in the aftermath. Worth the read here at Billboard.
Billy Joe Armstrong is off the junk or whatever it was, exhaustion or something, I dunno: Spin reports that Armstrong and his Green Day cohorts will hit SXSW in Austin this March before launching a 33-date U.S. tour. They will perform at the festival, and host screenings of American Idiot (
the lunchbox the film) and their album documentary ¡Quatro!
Following his hospitalization in Royal Oak, Michigan last week, Morrissey has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer, which will force him to cancel six dates of his current tour, to be rescheduled. He is expected to make a full recovery within two weeks’ time, and will soon announce the rescheduled dates of his cancelled appearances in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The tour is scheduled to resume on February 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contrary to his lyrics, Morrissey apparently never starts something he can’t finish.
If you’re a fan of Morrissey or The Smiths, check out The Bye Bye Blackbirds on OurStage.
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On the eve of resuming his previously postponed tour dates, Morrissey made a quick stop on the Late Show With David Letterman to perform a new song called “Action Is My Middle Name.” While it’s a far cry from the days of The Smiths, Morrissey has built a new and powerful persona over the years, reinventing himself as a different kind of torch singer, without relinquishing his unique and beautiful brand of pathos. His performance here is nothing short of alluring, as he belts his way through three and a half revitalized minutes of top-shelf melody, songcraft, and showmanship. You can view the video after the jump.