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Morrissey Asian and Caribbean Tour Dates Rumored For April 2016

On True-to-you, a Morrissey fansite and fanzine distributor (as well as Morrissey’s more or less official mouthpiece), reports today that Morrissey and his band are rumored to have some tour dates all along Asia and the Pacific, as well as Puerto Rico and the Venezuelan capital of Caracas for the month of April 2016. It will be the first time Morrissey has visited some of these places, though he has been visited Asian countries like Japan before. Details are as follows:


Negotiations are being finalised for the following Morrissey shows in April 2016:

Bangkok (Thailand)
Saigon (Vietnam)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Singapore City (Singapore)
Taipei (Taiwan)
Busan (South Korea)
Seoul (South Korea)
Hagatna (Guam)
Jakarta (Indonesia)
San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Caracas (Venezuela)
Full details are expected shortly.

The Dirty Half Dozen photomontage above by Sam Esty Rayner.
Left to right: Gustavo, Mando, Jesse, Morrissey, Boz, Matteo.

Sam Esty Rayner, for those who don’t know, is Morrissey’s nephew and they have been collaborating more frequently recently and taking much of his recent photography. You can catch his Facebook page with his photography and miscellaneous Morrissey stuff here.

An impressive list is as well, Morrissey’s full tour dates for World Peace is None of Your Business, which he recently finished earlier this month in Las Vegas:

Full List of Dates Played To Promote ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

6 October 2014, Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
9 October 2014, Palacio De Deportes, Madrid, Spain
10 October 2014, Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain
13 October 2014, Atlantico, Rome, Italy
14 October 2014, Atlantico, Rome, Italy
16 October 2014, Teatro Linear, Milan, Italy
17 October 2014, Paladozza, Bologna, Italy
19 October 2014, Pala Gpii, Pescara, Italy
21 October 2014, Obihall, Florence, Italy
22 October 2014, Geox Theatre, Padova, Italy
24 October 2014, Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
27 October 2014, Le Grand Rex, Paris, France
28 October 2014, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
5 November 2014, Capitol, Hannover, Germany
8 November 2014, Sparbanken Skåne Arena, Lund, Sweden
9 November 2014, Falconer, Copenhagen, Denmark
11 November 2014, Lisebergshallen, Goteborg, Sweden
13 November 2014, Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
15 November 2014, Finlandia, Helsinki, Finland
16 November 2014, Finlandia, Helsinki, Finland
19 November 2014, Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
21 November 2014, Laznia Nowa, Krakow, Poland
23 November 2014, Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
24 November 2014, Colosseum, Essen, Germany
26 November 2014, Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp, Belgium
27 November 2014, Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp, Belgium
29 November 2014, O2 Arena, London, England
1 December 2014, 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
10 December 2014, Belexpocentar, Belgrade, Serbia
12 December 2014, Zagreb Fair, Pavilion 9, Zagreb, Croatia
15 December 2014, Tae Kwon Do Arena, Athens, Greece
17 December 2014, VW Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
9 March 2015, De Oosterpoort Main Hall, Groningen, Netherlands
13 March 2015, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England
14 March 2015, International Centre, Bournemouth, England
18 March 2015, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
20 March 2015, First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
21 March 2015, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
24 March 2015, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
27 March 2015, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
29 March 2015, 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
29 April 2015, Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
1 May 2015, SOS 4.8 Festival, Murcia, Spain
26 May 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
27 May 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
30 May 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
31 May 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
11 June 2015, Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA, USA
13 June 2015, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA, USA
15 June 2015, The Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC, USA
17 June 2015, Echostage, Washington, DC, USA
19 June 2015, Firefly Festival, Dover, DE, USA
20 June 2015, Academy Of Music, Philadelphia, PA, USA
24 June 2015, Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA, USA
27 June 2015, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
29 June 2015, Civic, Akron, OH, USA
30 June 2015, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
3 July 2015, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, USA
8 July 2015, Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI, USA
9 July 2015, Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL, USA
11 July 2015, Center For Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL, USA
13 July 2015, Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN, USA
16 July 2015, Red Rocks, Denver, CO, USA
18 July 2015, Depot, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
21 July 2015, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, USA
23 July 2015, Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, USA
25 July 2015, Event Center, San Jose, CA, USA
20 August 2015, The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA, USA
21 August 2015, The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA, USA
23 August 2015, FYF, Los Angeles, CA, USA
29 August 2015, Fox Theatre, Visalia, CA, USA
15 September 2015, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, England
18 September 2015, Hull Arena, Hull, England
20 September 2015, Eventim Apollo, London, England
21 September 2015, Eventim Apollo, London, England
24 September 2015, Olympia, Paris, France
28 September 2015, AB, Brussels, Belgium
30 September 2015, Hugenottenhalle, Neu-Isenburg, Germany
1 October 2015, Palladium, Cologne, Germany
4 October 2015, Le Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
7 October 2015, Teatro Augusteo, Naples, Italy
8 October 2015, Carisport, Cesena, Italy
10 October 2015, Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia
12 October 2015, Millenaris Teatrum, Budapest, Hungary
14 October 2015, Sala Palatului, Bucharest, Romania
16 October 2015, SRC Kale, Skopje, Macedonia
7 November 2015, Teatro Nacional Casa De La Cultura, Quito, Ecuador
11 November 2015, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
14 November 2015, Primavera Fauna, Santiago, Chile
17 November 2015, Teatro Renault, Sao Paulo, Brazil
21 November 2015, Citibank Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
24 November 2015, Citibank Hall, Rio, Brazil
29 November 2015, Net Live, Brasilia, Brazil
6 December 2015, Yacht Y Golf Club, Asuncion, Paraguay
9 December 2015, Teatro Opera Allianz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 December 2015, Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 December 2015, Teatro De Verano, Montevideo, Uruguay
19 December 2015, Parque De La Exposicion, Lima, Peru
29 December 2015, The Masonic, San Francisco, CA, USA
31 December 2015, Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 January 2016, The Joint, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Henry Rollins: “Morrissey Is No Longer On My Hitlist”

In an interview with the Guardian, legendary Black Flag ex-vocalist and inspirational speaker/comedian/poet, “The Abraham Lincoln of Punk Rock,” Henry Rollins engaged in an interview with the publication and discussed a multitude of issues including Monsanto, the US Congress, politics and oddly enough, Morrissey:

Guardian: On reflection, do you think it was harsh to say you wanted to make a house record out of the sound of Morrissey being burned to death?

Rollins: “Well, I like the guy. I think he’s very intelligent and has real good taste in music. It’s nothing I’d say on stage now because I think it’s poorly meant, but that’s why we humans are allowed subtly evolve here and there. There are definitely some people I wouldn’t mind seeing burned to death – I absolutely have a kill list. But not good old Morrissey. I think the world is a much better place with him in it.”

Indeed, the two have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship in their years in music, with Rollins historically being critical of him. Rollins eventually came to the conclusion, however, that Morrissey’s worldview is a lot more amicable with his worldview than he used to think. However, Rollins does still instate his hit list is far from over:

Guardian: Who is on the kill list?
Rollins: “Just people who need to get got. And there’s two for sure. There are different grades. There are a few people who could do with losing a hand. And I’d happily carry the petrol can, the cleaver, whatever it takes. As far as the kill list goes, though, there are two who’ve REALLY gotta go. Every day I don’t get them I consider a partial failure.”

Author’s note: italics reverted.

Video circa 1990 of Rollins on Rage criticizing Morrissey before playing the music video for “November Spawned a Monster.” It should be taken in mind that this video is aged and is very tongue-in-cheek. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s funny to watch.

Henry Rollins just announced a world tour, just as Morrissey wrapped up his tour, ironically. Tour dates are below:




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Alte Feuerwache
Mannheim, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany

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St George’s Hall
Bristol, UK

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Tyne Theatre
Newcastle, UK

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Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

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London, UK

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Town Hall
Birmingham, UK

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London, UK

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Vicar Street
Dublin , Ireland

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Glasgow, UK

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Het Depot
Leuven , Belgium

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De Roma
Belgium, Antwerp

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Warsaw, Poland

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Sala Koncertowa Radia Wrocław
Wroclaw, Poland

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Kampnagel 26
Hamburg, Germany

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Cologne, Germany

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Amsterdam, Holland

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Theatre De Spil
Roeselare, Belgium

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Helsinki, Finland

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Göta Lejon
Stockholm, Sweden

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Club Moscow
Moscow, Russia

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Club Kosmonavt
St. Petersburg, Russia

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Kiev , Ukraine

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Havana Club
Tel Aviv, israel

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Liberty Hall
Lawrence, KS

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Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI

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SOKA University
Orange County, CA

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More Rare Smiths and Morrissey Demos and Live Tracks Leak

Well, it looks like I got my wish. As previously reported, a few days ago rare Smiths and Morrissey demos circulated to the surface of the Internet and were publicized on Morrissey-solo. As a disclaimer, I was aware some of these demos had existed in the collections of certain diehards but were not available on any major published bootlegs. As bootlegs collectors like myself know, a plethora of selfish collectors of certain music exist – and if they come all along something rare, they will oftentimes not share with a community of people who might be interested in it. Why else did Martin Shkreli raise the price of Pyrimethamine (trade name Daraprim) from $13 a pill to $833? But I digress…

The good news is that, right before 2016, even more demos, rare, uncommon, uncirculated or unheard, were publicized to the larger community of Morrissey fans on Morrissey-solo. While the site has a disputable reputation with Morrissey, many of their members can be quite resourceful.

Some of these unreleased tracks were to be included on Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal reissues planned by Warner/Sire in 2004, but the idea was eventually tossed aside. They are available as follows (previously unavailable bolded) :

Kill Uncle

1. “My Love Life” (Full Length at 4:50)
2. “Striptease with a Difference” (Available on the Revelation and Reader Meet Author bootlegs)
3. “Pregnant for the Last Time”
4. Trash (Live in Irvine, b-side to Everyday is Like Sunday 2010 reissue)
5. That’s Entertainment (Live in Irvine)

Your Arsenal

1. Fantastic Bird (Demo, available on the remastered Southpaw Grammar)
2. Pashernate Love (Long Version)
3. Let the Right One Slip In (Long alternate mix, available on the remastered Bona Drag)
4. Jack the Ripper (b-side to “Certain People I Know”)

The real treasures here though have been shared by Anonymous user going as “Michael Bone” (though the pseudonym’s origin is not as ambiguous as the mystery of the person’s identity). There are both Smiths and Morrissey demos that are previously unsurfaced as long as that term carries its torch. There are in descending order demos of: “Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself,” “Dagenham Dave,” “You Must Please Remember,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “Unloveable,” “Best Friend on the Payroll” and “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name”.

“Unloveable”, a Smiths b-side, is not just a different mix but exists as a different arrangement of the song entirely and “Bigmouth Strikes Again” has a much a stronger percussion presence, with slightly different articulation and lyrics. All these solo Morrissey demos with the exception of “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name” and “Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself” originate from the Southpaw Grammar sessions, the other two from the Viva Hate and Vauxhall and I sessions respectively. “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name” is exceptionally beautiful in its acoustic majesty, and what I believe to be a higher quality mix of the long version available from the extensive bootleg series, The Never Heard Symphonies. The rest of these demos from Southpaw are not strictly acoustic but have a stronger acoustic presence than their studio versions, in a similar manner to the last leak from a couple days ago. Enjoy listening and keep collecting.

Rare Smiths & Morrissey Demos Leak: A Track By Track Review

Earlier today, Morrissey-solo forum member Uncleskinny released several rare/previous unreleased demos from the Smiths and Morrissey onto his Soundcloud. The earliest demo comes from the Smiths’ sessions during the recording of the 1986’s The Queen is Dead, an alternate version of “Never Had No One Ever”. The most recent demos would be an acoustic versions of “Nobody Loves Us”, “The Boy Racer” (with drums) and “Southpaw” (with strings and drums) from the Southpaw Grammar sessions during the spring of 1995. Early versions of “Bengali in Platforms” and “He Knows I’d Love to See Him” are also included. On the Soundcloud there are also instrumental live tracks from soundchecks, including unknown Smiths material.

Let’s go through them track by track, yes?

“Bengali in Platforms” from Morrissey’s debut album Viva Hate is an interesting inclusion because the song was originally jammed on during the last Smiths sessions, with Ivor Perry sitting in for absent guitarist Johnny Marr. Though this version probably does not bare any resonance to the Smiths’ unrecorded version, but the history of the song’s evolution is particularly interesting. Wicked guitar solo as well, presumably from Vini Reilly who collaborated on the album.

“He Knows I’d Love to See Him”, a b-side to 1990’s hit “November Spawned a Monster” marks the end of post-Smiths collaboration between Morrissey and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, who continued to record, write and perform with Morrissey infrequently following the Smiths’ breakup. This version is more stripped down but the track makes up for it with a sparkling and stunning detailed vocal track.

“Never Had No One Ever”, the fourth track from The Queen is Dead after the macabre masterpiece “I Know It’s Over” is by no means lackluster but no one had told us about this! There’s a fullblown jazz trumpet chorus, out of this world falsetto and maniacal laughter throughout the background. Not the classic Smiths sound at all, but it is produced incredibly well.

This version of “The Boy Racer” is more reminiscent of the era between Vauxhall and I, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted, the string of acoustic driven singles like “Boxers” or “Sunny” that became adventurous ballads with the acoustic air. The guitar almost sounds Spanish, an influence which arise on latter albums such as his latest, World Peace is None of Your Business.

“Southpaw” the 10 minute title track to Southpaw Grammar, here is condensed to about 9 minutes. It presents the different sort of majesty, like what was highlighted in the Boxers and Sunny with a strong acoustic presence. This would easily be the climax of an acoustic Morrissey record. The material from this album holds up very strong, with Morrissey quoted as saying during our interview with him that, “I think it’s a criminally underrated album​ and the band were in full flourish… thought the band were so fantastic that the world would open up and finally admit that the Morrissey band were a formidable force.” It would have been interesting to see how a more acoustic direction would have taken this album and here we have a glimpse.

Lastly, we have “Nobody Loves Us”, the b-side to “Dagenham Dave”, the lead single off of Southpaw Grammar. The last testament to the acoustics of Southpaw Grammar, while it is missing the strong electric guitar leads, simply just Morrissey and two acoustic guitars makes for an amazing torch song. Some of my favorite Morrissey lyrics here too, “born again atheist, practicing troublemaker.” I can only hope more of these demos are released.

On the Soundcloud are several Smiths instrumentals which are truly masterful pieces, with Johnny Marr in his prime, none of which are previously known.

Morrissey is about to close off a successful tour with concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas the end of this December until early January. More info here.

Morrissey: “The Stage Is My Social Network”

In a new interview with the Paraguayan publication “Ultima Hora”, Morrissey covered his life in music, the influence of the New York Dolls and Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, his platform of social networking and more frank and open answers to prying questions. The full interview (in English) can be seen here.

One of Morrissey’s earliest influence has been the New York Dolls. He actually incited them to reunite a couple of years back and enjoys some kind of relationship with the band. Of their legacy and influence he says:

“I was very young when I first saw them in 1973, and that is the time when one seeks to belong. Immediately I became another person. They made the perfect balance between shouting, anger, humor and violence, and suddenly everything made ​​sense. If you love music, but haven’t got those two albums: New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much, Too Soon (1974), then you are losing out. David Bowie and Roxy Music were receiving all the praise, but never were as ingenious. However, the New York Dolls were funny and deadly.”

Of Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (of whose work and name he has made reference to in his music), Morrissey spoke on what first “drew him” to his work:

“I think he becomes more important over time. Everybody quotes Oscar Wilde … so far, in 2015. His words can be applied via any modern society, while Shakespeare’s and Charles Dickens’ words can’t. Wilde understood everything about the human condition, but remember that he was killed by the British Judical System, which wanted to destroy him because he was too smart for them. If he were alive today, they would have killed him anyway. Even now in England all who speak out are sacrificed by the newspapers. One can be a zombie or something and you just will be reduced. Oscar Wilde got scoffed by the establishment for being smart and right, so I got it.”

Morrissey’s attitude towards the music and industry, especially these days, may seem unconventional (integrity is a four-letter word these days) but it really works for him. He claims that “the stage is my social network” and it’s very true. Having seen Morrissey four times (soon to be five), he absolutely utilizes the stage for the issues he is passionate about, like animals rights and objection to issues like police brutality and the British monarchy, showcased through mirages of film set along seamlessly to music. Though he has an incredibly dedicated fanbase and large platform to speak his mind, he has considered leaving music as he described in the interview, “the music business is difficult. I have been cheated many, many times, and so it becomes difficult to live with that, because people who cheat you are protected by well-placed friends in high places. But I love singing, I can say that honestly. I dream of creating and working in an animal sanctuary, but around the world there are offers for me to continue singing and I’m happy to do so as long as people want me.”

It will be Morrissey’s first show in Paraguay after a number of complications prevented him from touring South America several months ago. He expressed concerns with Paraguay’s social issues, “I know that people [in Paraguay] struggle and that there is a big problem with potable water, but the media in the UK and US are obsessed about what is happening elsewhere.”

Most promising, however, is Morrissey’s will to not be anyone else than himself:

As a living music legend, I imagine that you’ve got a very chaotic life. On a normal day, where do you discover beauty?

“Nowhere. I feel much better when I avoid the news. It’s all so predictable, poisoned and prepared for horror. We all seek a system that helps us to find the meaning of life, but it’s getting hard to find, and it’s a great relief when we discover that nobody speaks to us. We all live our day to day trying to deal with it. Educated people have made a mess of the world, however, they have made ​​uneducated people feel responsible. One will not find a corrupt banker in prison.”

You can catch Morrissey in a limited US tour in the next following weeks as we reported here. Tour date are also below:

December 29th – San Francisco – The Masonic
December 31th – Los Angeles – Galen Center at USC
January 2nd- Las Vegas – The Joint

AlternativeNation’s classic interview with Morrissey, of which I participated in, is available here. If you haven’t read it, it’s a worthwhile read.

Harry Potter Author Recalls The Time She Fangirled Meeting Morrissey

J K Rowling, famed Harry Potter author, a fan of Morrissey? You read that right.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, she said: “I met him in such a bizarre situation, in Harvey Nichols. We were looking at each other, getting nearer and nearer, and at almost exactly the same moment we both put out our hands.

“What was amazing to me was, Morrissey knew who I was.

“I wanted to go back to my 16-year-old self, who’s lying there in the dark with the joss sticks, listening to Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, and tell her: ‘You’ll meet him! He’ll know who you are!'”

Rowling continued her praise, explaining that meeting the former Smiths frontman made her understand how Harry Potter fans could continue obsessing over the books into adulthood.

“The people who mean something to you at 16, 17 are the people who are getting you through stuff. So I absolutely understand why someone who is hanging on to Harry Potter as a safe place at 13 is excited at 21 to talk about what (Hogwarts) house they’d be in. I don’t think it’s infantile. I don’t think it’s any more infantile than me being excited to meet Morrissey.”

Morrissey Announces “Likely To Be Our Final Ever UK Shows”

Within the hour, Morrissey fansite and more or less official mouthpiece true-to-you has published a statement from the Mozfather himself, entitled the “Hammersmith Statement”:

“Morrissey has commented:

There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience … throughout 28 years … but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine … ‘

This weekend, Morrissey and his band will take to the stage at the Eventim Apollo, in west London’s Hammersmith district. With very few cancellations and rescheduling, Morrissey has toured much of the world this year and steadily continues with dates in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru as he did with the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Morrissey at this time has allegedly no interest from any record labels, after his infamous debacle with Harvest Records, who briefly released his latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business before dropping him.

AlternativeNation earlier this summer had the pleasure of interviewing Morrissey, where he talked extensively about politics, animals rights and music. Earlier in the year, he managed to release “Kiss Me a Lot” as a single from his friends at Atom Factory records and he addressed his relationship with the label in our exclusive interview:

“With your departure from Harvest Records, you’ve released ‘Kiss Me a Lot’ as a single on Atom Factory. How has Atom Factory been treating you? Was this a one off deal or do you have any plans to sign a longer contract with them?

​I haven’t signed with Atom Factory. They have been good friends and were very supportive with the iTunes release of “Kiss Me a Lot’, but where it goes from here I have no idea. “

If interested in seeing more details about Morrissey’s remaining 2015 dates, please visit the Facebook page regarding dates here.



Morrissey Condemns Killer Of Cecil The Lion

Outspoken singer Morrissey has taken aim at an under-fire dentist who killed a protected lion during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe.  Dr Walter Palmer hit headlines around the world after he shot Cecil the lion with a crossbow earlier this month when the beast was allegedly lured out of a protected area by guides.

In a statement, the former The Smiths star writes, “What is it all about, really? So much love in such a very cruel world. I say the latter as I read about Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie in Minnesota who murdered the very beautiful and much-loved lion named Cecil, so trusting of people and leading such a contented life… How does our society produce people as evil as Walter James Palmer? Well, Melissa Bachman (also of Minnesota) got away with it, so the shootists’ door swings open time and again in the USA. Kill for fun.”

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo Fancies Morrissey: ‘His Talent Is Magical’

While yours truly was interviewing former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo for the Songfacts site (on thi), the subject of his favorite all-time songwriters came up, which Morrissey was one of several selections. The conversation then took the following turn:

Songfacts: I was surprised to learn you are a fan of The Smiths.

Phil: I adore them. Brutally honest band. Tongue-in-cheek humor, dark humor. Excellent musicianship, excellent songs.

And really, Morrissey is a phenom. It’s like, “Where did this guy come from?” And, “Did he always just have this crooning talent?” It’s pretty magical, if you ask me.

Songfacts: Have you ever met Morrissey?

Phil: No. This past time in New Orleans, a couple of weeks back, he played here. Somebody knew somebody who knew somebody, and word got back to me. I guess the kind way to put it was, “I would be slightly disappointed were I to meet him.” It would be like meeting David Lee Roth and having him dick you off or something. Nobody wants that – to have their idols be in a bad mood. And I’m not saying that would be the case, but if you hear that “Morrissey is not receiving company this evening, and won’t be,” then that’s all you need to hear. So no, I haven’t met him.

In addition to admiring the music of the Smiths and Morrissey, Anselmo feels equally as strongly about obscure horror movies, and from November 13-15, 2015, the third edition of his Housecore Horror Festival will take place at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Find out more info about the festival here, and read the rest of the interview here.

Morrissey Says No Labels Attending His Show Is ‘A Sad Sign Of The Times’

More controversy has stemmed from Morrissey’s recent show at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Saturday (June 27). TrueToYou is reporting that despite the former Smiths frontman calling the show “fantastic”, as well as praising Blondie opening for him, the singer had a strong criticism of his MSG performance.

Morrissey acknowledged that there was “zero label interest”, suggesting that no record labels attended the gig. Moz also added that it was “a sad sign of the times”.Morrissey had a major falling-out with now former record label, Harvest, last year over his album release, World Peace Is None of Your Business. The former Smiths singer complained about a lack of promotion and walked away from Harvest soon after. The album has since been removed from various streaming services and digital retailers in the United States. Morrissey contributed this to “mutual mistrust” The singer reiterated that no record label was willing to re-issue the album, blaming “the curse of Harvest Records”.

Moz’s Madison Square Garden show also made the news when it was revealed that despite the singer’s personal request for the venue to go vegan-only during his performance, Madison Square Garden actually went ahead against Morrissey’s wishes and served meat in premium areas of the arena.

Morrissey Reveals Who He Endorses For U.S. President

Morrissey is no stranger to controversial and political thought, the former frontman of The Smiths recently told Alternative Nation in a recent interview that president Obama seems “white inside” and doesn’t support African-Americans. Moz has also been well-documented in his criticism of the British royal family. However, with the U.S. elections coming ever so close, the million dollar question is has yet to be answered: “Who would Morrissey support in the 2016 United States presidential race?”

Lucky for us, we found out the answer to this pressing matter during his recent performance at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Saturday:

“The U.S. elections are all very well and amusing, of course, but there’s only two possible American presidents in my world: one is Jon Stewart and the other is Bill Maher. Otherwise, forget it.”

You can view fan-shot footage of Morrissey making this announcement below:

Blink-182, Sublime, Flogging Molly & More Discuss What Morrissey Means To Them

Alternative Nation’s #MorrisseyWeek has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean our coverage of “this charming man” is going anywhere! Alternative Nation was able to acquire quotes from various rock artists on what Moz means to them! Alternative Nation contributor Charles Peralo would also like to foreword this by stating what Morrissey means to him:

“Well with Morrissey he’s truly a big mouth who will always strike again. With either a great lyric in a new song, a quote that I really agree with him on or a quote I really really disagree with him on. The guy knows how to always strike again and I hope he stays in the music scene for decades to come.”


Richard Patrick (Filter): To me, Morrissey is the elegant rebel. A man that would hate to have to kick your ass.

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Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio/Blink-182): When I got into punk rock at age 10, I had an older cousin that took me to shows and would make me mix tapes. One of the mixes she made for me had “What Difference Does It Make?” on it. I used to mow lawns and immediately went to the record store and bought “Hatful Of Hollow” as soon as I had enough money. I collected everything by The Smiths and Morrissey on cassette as quickly as I could mow those lawns. I would listen to them while I cut grass on my Walkman. I’ve been a HUGE fan ever since. I now have everything on vinyl and I work out to YOU ARE THE QUARRY almost daily on my iPhone.


Bridget Regan (Flogging Molly): In my humble opinion, Morrissey (aside from my husband) is the single greatest songwriter gracing our planet right now.


Eric Wilson (Sublime): “Have you ever read his quotes? They’re probably better than his songs.”


Emerson Hart (Tonic): I can honestly say there are quite a few songs I would have never written if it wasn’t for ‘how soon is now?’ Still as great today as the first time I heard it when I was a kid.


The Votta Brothers (Art Of Anarchy): “I have the highest respect for him as an innovator and artist, anyone that creates something different, unique and inspires people will always have our respect.”


Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost): I used to find it near-impossible to choose a favorite band when people asked, until I decided to employ a quantitative method: Which band has the most songs you absolutely love? After excluding The Beatles on principle, I realized that band for me was The Smiths. This was ten years ago. Obsession with Morrissey’s early solo albums followed: Viva Hate, Bona Drag, Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal, Vauxhall & I. Each one of these records did me in at one point or another. Morrissey’s m.o. is paradox: harmonious, relentless self-loathing and self-idolization. Think the guy’s cocky? Listen to his lyrics. Think he’s miserable? Listen to his lyrics. There’s a word for this paradoxical condition — “human”. Speaking of being human, I got to very briefly meet Johnny Marr backstage at Lollapalooza in 2010. I showed him my “Ask” tattoo then, overcome with existence, immediately retreated into my sunglasses and cried like a baby.

Review: Morrissey & Blondie Light Up Madison Square Garden

A countless number of fans spent Saturday evening with Morrissey at Madison Square Garden. The concert proved to be a mixed bag, yet the spirits were high.

Blondie gave an incredible set with intense energy and sound; I was shocked to see a woman who could sub in for my grandmother rock it out like that. With her motions, dance moves and so on, while she might as well be dancing the way she did five decades prior. There was an athleticism and energy unlike any other. Also, for the LGBT fans, Blondie gave a special little tribute midway through her performance telling fans that all they’d need to do to find out where the pride parade was is to “call me”.

For whatever reason, Morrissey took roughly 10-20 minutes longer than expected to get on… granted, with him it could be expected. To kill time during the wait, the venue played video clips of other musicians, films or poets. Some made sense… a five minute rant which sounded like poetry written by a 17 year old goth girl was, however, confusing. A few funny images posted up bashing the royal family and naturally some photos bashing meat showed up.

With keeping to the political nature of Morrissey, the big man entered in with a classic, singing “The Queen Is Dead” from the Smiths. And in short, it was absolutely 100% perfect. Every note he did has gotten better with age and in a concert format was just absolutely incredible. It was literally perfection where so many fans had tears of joy and were singing along to it in incredible rhythm.

After this opening, Morrissey gave fans about three major hits and the rest was loaded with lesser songs, new songs, bad songs and a little piece of debate known as Meat Is Murder.

With that, while Madison Square Garden setup an incredible show with a sound system superior to perhaps any other stadium on the east coast, Morrissey blew it by just not giving casual fans what they wanted. While the songs he performed were great, you could find droves of people leaving in the final third becoming bored with songs they just didn’t know. Even the big fans who were crying and singing along with every song found themselves stumped in their singalongs.

Upfront, fans were really locked in joy over what was going on and showed more a genuine happiness over other concerts. Where most concerts find themselves with a fan base of boozed out idiots who don’t care about the music and more about convincing the girl next to them to go topless, this was an experience where people were 100% on Morrissey… he probably loved that. Morrissey struck a chord well with fans and showed his music at least for now has no chance of being forgotten, and the field had enough people intensely into this that it shows there is still an audience for the lesser known Morrissey songs.

There was some pleasantry in not having the stench of hot dogs or burgers in the location. Also with the vegan options given for popular snack items, it could be argued they tasted better over traditional products. While not endorsing veganism, it’s safe to say they can have some good cooking done that no animal would feel unhappy about.

All in all, Blondie stole the night. She just had what the fans were looking for more,  though nothing is quite like being up close and personal at a Morrissey concert.


The Queen Is Dead
Staircase at the University
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Kiss Me a Lot
Alma Matters
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Will Never Marry
I Will See You in Far-Off Places
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
The Bullfighter Dies
Meat Is Murder
What She Said

Now My Heart Is Full

Watch Morrissey Perform “Kiss Me a Lot” on Jimmy Fallon Live

Earlier this evening, Morrissey and his band (featuring new bassist Mando Lopez) performed his single released off of record label Atom Factory, World Peace Is None of Your Business‘ “Kiss Me a Lot”. It is a very emotional performance driven by an incredible guitar medley performance by guitarist Jesse Tobias. Featured guests also included actor-producers Mark Wahlberg and Chris Colfer. Morrissey still continues his tour of the United States, with no cancellations made thus far, which has gained him recent criticism by a horde of nagging critics.

On June 27th, Morrissey will headline New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with Blondie as the opener. The venue, in a press statement from Morrissey fansite/mouthpiece true-to-you, stated May 5th that, “Madison Square Garden has agreed to sell no meat or dairy on the day of the Morrissey show, 27 June. This is the first time the venue has agreed to such conditions in its 47-year history, and Morrissey has expressed ‘heartfelt gratitude’ to Madison Square Garden“.

Earlier this month, AlternativeNation had the great pleasure of interviewing Morrissey, the transcript of which can be read here.  It is an extensive and exciting interview, where the Mozfather discusses his views on contemporary US politics, his artistic muses, his vegatarianism, Brandon Flowers, tour memories and more. For Morrissey fans, we have a score of recent Morrissey articles under the tag #MorrisseyWeek, be sure to check them out! There is always more Morrissey news, because there’s nothing ever old or stale about him.

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