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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:

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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:

 

Date

Location

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01-07-16

Alte Feuerwache
Mannheim, Germany

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01-08-16

Mousonturm
Frankfurt, Germany

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01-10-16

St George’s Hall
Bristol, UK

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01-11-16

Tyne Theatre
Newcastle, UK

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01-12-16

Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

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01-14-16

Barbican
London, UK

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01-15-16

Town Hall
Birmingham, UK

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01-16-16

Barbican
London, UK

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01-17-16

Vicar Street
Dublin , Ireland

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01-18-16

Academy
Glasgow, UK

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01-20-16

Het Depot
Leuven , Belgium

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01-21-16

De Roma
Belgium, Antwerp

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01-23-16

Palladium
Warsaw, Poland

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01-24-16

Sala Koncertowa Radia Wrocław
Wroclaw, Poland

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01-26-16

Kampnagel 26
Hamburg, Germany

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01-27-16

Kulturkirche
Cologne, Germany

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01-28-16

Paradiso
Amsterdam, Holland

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01-29-16

Theatre De Spil
Roeselare, Belgium

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01-30-16

Kulttuuritalo
Helsinki, Finland

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01-31-16

Göta Lejon
Stockholm, Sweden

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02-02-16

Club Moscow
Moscow, Russia

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02-03-16

Club Kosmonavt
St. Petersburg, Russia

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02-04-16

Sentrum
Kiev , Ukraine

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02-05-16

Havana Club
Tel Aviv, israel

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02-11-16

Liberty Hall
Lawrence, KS

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02-12-16

Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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02-13-16

Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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02-14-16

Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI

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02-17-16

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?

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/bengali

“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.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/he-knows

“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.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/never

“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.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/boy

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.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/s-paw

“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.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-skinny/nobody

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.

Morrissey Announces New US Tour Dates

Morrissey, who announced he would stop touring in the United Kingdom because he feels he cannot gain support from any British label, has announced a small series of US tour dates this winter, according to true-to-you.  The most recent support from any label Morrissey has received was from Atom Factory Records, who released “Kiss Me a Lot” as an online single on March 26th, 2015. Morrissey was dropped from Harvest Records shortly after the release of his newest album World Peace Is None of Your Business. The tour dates are featured below:

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

No further details, like ticket prices or availability, have been released at this time. These tour dates may foreshadow further US tour dates. Morrissey just finished a series of tour dates through eastern Europe with his band. Starting November 7th, he will start a small tour of South America. When we interviewed him this summer, I had the chance to ask several questions, one in which he recounted his last stay in Peru:

“With your motif of much loved cities throughout your songwriting career, like Los Angeles, Rome and now Istanbul, is there a new city on this lonely planet that you might just fall in love with? A new place to rouse a muse?

​I’m pulled towards Poland, but I don’t know enough to sing about it as yet. I’m also always excited to be in South America, even though the last visit to Peru gave me food poisoning and I officially died for nine minutes. That was fun.​”

Hopefully, Morrissey’s next stay in Peru, as Peru is his the last locale of his South American tour on December 19th, he will have a better and safer time.

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.

 

 

AlternativeNation.Net Summer & Fall 2014 Albums Preview: Foo Fighters, Mark Lanegan & More

With 2014 more than halfway in the books, AlternativeNation.net takes a look at many of the most anticipated rock releases of the rest of the year. From punk rock to acoustic rock, noise rock to indie rock, and more, the alternative rock scene has a varied group of promising upcoming releases.

Antemasque Antemasque July 15
Fans of The Mars Volta were pleasantly surprised when Antemasque, consisting of ex-Mars Volta vocalist, guitarist, and drummer, released their punkish single “4AM” earlier this year and announced a new LP. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played on a few tracks of their self-titled debut, which will be backed by tour dates in California, Texas, and Arizona this August. Listen to Antemasque’s lead single “4AM” below:

Morrissey World Peace Is None Of Your Business July 15
Influential artist and former The Smiths vocalist Morrissey is set to release his Joe Chiccarelli-produced (Beck, The Strokes) tenth studio album this July via Harvest/Capitol. Ahead of its release, Morrissey has revealed several spoken word performances of his new tracks with music videos featuring cameos from Nancy Sinatra and Pamela Anderson. Below, listen to a non-spoken word version of “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”:
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Tuatara Underworld August 5
Seattle instrumental group Tuatara, led by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and includes Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Mad Season), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and saxophonist Skerik (Mad Season), are releasing a new double album this August. The new LP was mixed by Jack Endino and is the group’s first record in six years. Stream Billboard’s exclusive premiere of Tuatara’s “The Skeleton Getdown” here, and read Barrett Martin’s interview with AlternativeNation.net contributor Greg Prato here.

Naomi Punk Television Man August 5
Olympia, Wash. rock group Naomi Punk is set to release their sophomore album on independent Brooklyn label Captured Tracks next month. The punk trio’s “visceral” debut LP was hailed by Pitchfork in 2012 for its “emotional resolve.” Naomi Punk blends a driving beat with heavy, sludgy guitars inspired by its Washington predecessors. Their work is aggressive, abrasive, and deceivingly catchy. Listen to their lead single “Television Man”:

The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt August 19
New Brunswick, NJ group The Gaslight Anthem will release their fifth studio album via Island Records. The group recorded their follow-up to 2012’s Handwritten in Nashville and will tour the United States and Europe this fall. Listen to the album’s lead single “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” below:
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J Mascis Tied to a Star August 26
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and accomplished solo artist J Mascis will reveal his follow up to 2011’s Several Shades of Why this August on Sub Pop Records. The new album, which Mascis calls “acoustic, mellow stuff,” will be backed up by an extensive United States tour this fall. Listen to J Mascis’ “Every Morning”:

Earth Primitive and Deadly September 2
Dylan Carlson’s drone band Earth returns this summer with its tenth album, distributed by Southern Lord. Although the band will maintain its heavy sound, Earth’s new album will feature more vocals and will include guest appearances from Mark Lanegan and Built to Spill’s Brett Nelson. Earth will tour Europe and the United Kingdom in October. Below, listen to Earth’s “From the Zodiacal Light”:

Robert Plant lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar September 9
Legendary artist and former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently released a poignant trailer on YouTube introducing his new album, which will be released later this year via Warner Bros. “These songs are an ode to life and love, and the fragile adventure that you set out upon unknowingly and unwittingly,” Plant says. The vocalist will tour Europe, the UK, and Japan with his Space Shifters band for the rest of the year. Below, listen to his new song “Rainbow”:
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Shellac Dude Incredible September 16
Shellac, the noise rock group fronted by Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman), will release their long-awaited fifth LP this September via Touch and Go Records. The nine-track album is Shellac’s first output since 2007. The band notes in a press release that there is “no correlation between shows and record releases.” Read Steve Albini’s interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Doug McCausland’s here.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tyanny September 23
The Strokes lead vocalist Julian Casablancas is set to release his new album with The Voidz this fall on his indie label Cult Records. While The Strokes will headline festivals in Los Angeles and Las Vegas this August, Casablancas and The Voidz will tour the United States in October. View an album preview for Tyranny below:
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The Vaselines V For Vaselines September 29
Influential Scottish pop rockers The Vaselines are back with their first release since 2010. V For Vaselines takes on a more energetic, punk-inspired sound than the duo’s previous work, and will feature appearances from Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, Teenage Fanclub’s Frank Macdonald, and more. Nirvana famously covered The Vaselines on their albums Incesticide and MTV Unplugged in New York. Below, listen to their lead single “One Lost Year,” which is also available as a free MP3 download:

Philip Selway Weatherhouse October 7
Radiohead is currently on a brief hiatus, so drummer Phil Selway will release his second solo album on Bella Union Records. In addition, Selway is currently performing new compositions this summer with London’s Rambert Dance Company. Listen to Phil Selway’s Radiohead-esque “Coming Up For Air”:

The Flaming Lips With a Little Help From My Fwends October 28
The Flaming Lips have announced a track-by-track cover album of The Beatles’ legendary 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will be released this October on Warner Bros. Fans that pre-order the album can download the band’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Moby and Miley Cyrus, which you can listen to below:
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To Be Announced
Foo Fighters TBA Fall 2014
The Foo Fighters are returning with their eighth studio album this fall via Roswell/RCA Records. The album’s release will coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary and Dave Grohl’s new HBO series, which will document the album’s recording process. Each song on the album was recorded in a different city with “local legends.” Cities visited by the band include New York and Seattle, while studios visited include Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio and Rancho De La Luna in California. Below, watch the teaser trailer for Dave Grohl’s upcoming HBO series “Sonic Highways”:
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Mark Lanegan TBA Summer/Fall 2014
Singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan is set to release a new album later this year. It is rumored to be called No Bells on Sunday and is said to be an EP with a release date in August. Lanegan premiered two songs at London’s Meltdown Festival, “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf.” It’s possible that the album will feature Duke Garwood, who collaborated with Lanegan on 2013’s Black Pudding. A press release from Vagrant Records and Heavenly Recordings is expected soon, and we’ll update you when it arrives.

Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End 2014
Weezer’s new album and follow-up to 2010’s Hurley was produced by the Cars’ Ric Ocasek and is due by the end of the year. The band has been teasing the album with snippets released every Wednesday, which you can find on their official Tumblr page.

The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an Elegy, Day For Night, additional releases 2014-2015
Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins are currently busy at work on their ninth album Monuments to an Elegy, which will enlist the drumming talents of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee. The album’s lead single is expected by the end of 2014, with album releases coming in 2015 via BMG. The band is also expected to release reissues for 1998’s Adore and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God by the end of the year.

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