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…)
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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Anyone born after 1990 has never known a time when The Smiths were together and touring the world, but thanks to licensing and a passionate fanbase, it’s unlikely they’ll make it to high school without at least hearing their name. Rumors of reunions circle every year, and like clockwork the various members take turns denying said rumors every chance they get. One might think such repetition would get exhausting, and according to Johnny Marr it has.
While speaking with a Japanese news outlet recently, Marr was asked about his thoughts on fans who still seek hope for a Smiths reunion over two decades since the band last appeared together. Marr, who had previously spoken at length about how proud he is of the work the band accomplished, replied:
“If people get genuinely upset and frustrated that four men that last played together 25 years ago are doing other things, then those people need to go and find a hobby. They really do. If the band only split up two years ago it might be a different matter, but 25 years? Come on.
That should close the book once and for all on reunion talk, but something tells us it probably won’t. Fans can always dream, right?
Will it be five songs from Full Moon Fever, several selections off the Greatest Hits, and the singles from the last four records?: Oh, I kid. America’s subjectively greatest rock band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced a pair of “intimate” residencies at New York’s Beacon Teater and LA’s Fonda Theater. “There’s no telling what we’ll do,” Petty says.
Smiths and Stones: Last night at the NME Awards in London, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones got up with ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to perform the latter’s classic “How Soon Is Now?” It was weird and good.
Yorke’s gotta dance: In the new video for Atoms For Peace‘s “Ingenue,” Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke busts out with some moves that put his performance in the “Lotus Flower” video to shame. It is also weird and good. Atoms For Peace is made up of Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco.