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Morrissey parts ways with record label
Less than a month after the release of his first studio album in five years, Morrissey and Capitol/Harvest Records officially severed their relationship.
Morrissey's fansite published a statement back on August 9, 2014 announcing he was no longer with his label. It read, "Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's "World Peace is None Of Your Business," Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett. Morrissey is once again in search of a record label."
The split with the label came just days after Morrissey published a post which seemingly criticized Capitol/Harvest's handling of his album release, while at the same time praising three fans who had created "well-crafted" videos of tracks from his record.
"These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist," he wrote. "Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media!"
The 55-year-old singer may no longer have a label, but he's back in the news for announcing a Dublin date for December 1 at the newly-named 3Arena. It will be his first show in Ireland since 2011 and will come just days after his London show at the O2 Arena on November 29th.
Both dates follow a major tour across the U.S. earlier this year, and will precede a wider European tour – so get your Morrissey tickets now.
Health issues plague Morrissey (Updated 9/27/13)
Health scares have plagued Morrissey for the better part of 2013. Trouble started all the way back in January, when he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and several dates on his North American tour had to be rescheduled. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of his medical complications.
In March, Morrissey was hospitalized again, this time with pneumonia in both lungs. One week later, it was announced that the rest of his tour had been canceled. This allowed him some much-needed rehab time in Ireland, where he reportedly watched the country's soccer team during his recovery.
Music finally became the business at hand again for Morrissey when EMI reissued the single "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" on April 8. It was backed by three new songs, "People Are the Same Everywhere," "Action Is My Middle Name," and "The Kid's a Looker," all recorded live back in 2011.
Unfortunately, Morrissey's run of bad luck continued when he was forced to cancel the remaining dates of a South African tour. Those dates had already been postponed when the singer suffered severe food poisoning, and he released a sobering statement saying, "The future is suddenly absent … cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing."
One bit of good news came when the concert film "Morrissey 25: Live" hit theaters in August to celebrate his 25 years as a solo artist. It came a month before his autobiography was pulled from shelves at the last minute following a disagreement with the publisher.
Morrissey a stirring figure in pop culture (Updated January 10, 2013)
From his days as a shy, awkward teenager to the furor over his dark, cynical lyrics and political views, Steven Patrick Morrissey rose to prominence in the 1980s and has been called "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last twenty years."
Known today only by the surname Morrissey, the singer is oft recognized for his 1950's quiff – a hairstyle that combines the pompadour, flattop and mowhawk. It's a style he's perfected since fronting a band called The Nosebleeds in the 1970's, then partnering with guitarist Johnny Marr before helping to form The Smiths in the early 80's. The band's debut single "Hand in Glove" was filled with references to homosexuality, and due to its lyrics made them an underground sensation in the U.K. Morrissey continued to attract media attention with outrageous statements, criticism of the British Prime Minister and his advocacy of vegetarianism. The Smiths' eponymous debut album was a smash hit, the follow-up "Meat is Murder" caused quite a stir, and the 1986 LP "The Queen is Dead" was critically acclaimed. But it wasn't long before friction caused the breakup of the band and Morrissey began a solo career.
Though Morrissey initially achieved plenty of success with his solo venture behind the album, "Viva Hate," his star faded in the U.K. when it took him three years to release another record. Still, his glory days were far from over. Morrissey's buzz in the U.S. reached a fever pitch with the release of hard-rocking, glammed-up record "Your Arsenal" was released, and he's been a touring attraction ever since.
Morrissey spent nearly all of 2012 on the road, with his tour starting in South America and continuing through Asia and North America. He has 32 cities on the books for 2013, beginning in Greenvale, NY on January 9 and ending in Portland, Oregon on March 8. Kristeen Young will open, and Patti Smith and her band will be special guests at the Staples Center concert in Los Angeles.
|Album name||Release date|
|Very Best Of||2011|
|I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris||2009|
|Something Is Squeezing My Skull||2009|
|The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95||2009|
|Years of Refusal||2009|
|That's How People Grow Up||2008|
|All You Need Is Me||2008|
|In the Future When All's Well||2006|
|Ringleader of the Tormentors||2006|
|The Youngest Was the Most Loved||2006|
|You Have Killed Me||2006|
|I Just Want to See the Boy Happy||2006|
|Live at Earls Court||2005|
|Redondo Beach / There Is a Light That Never Goes Out||2005|
|Who Put the 'M' in Manchester?||2005|
|There Is a Light That Never Goes Out / Redondo Beach||2005|
|Irish Blood, English Heart||2004|
|I Have Forgiven Jesus||2004|
|You Are the Quarry||2004|
|Let Me Kiss You||2004|
|First of the Gang to Die||2004|
|Under the Influence: Morrissey||2003|
|HMV/Parlophone: The CD Singles '91-95'||2001|
|¡The Best Of!||2001|
|The CD Singles '88-91'||2000|
|My Early Burglary Years||1998|
|Satan Rejected My Soul||1997|
|Suedehead: The Best of Morrissey||1997|
|World of Morrissey||1995|
|The Boy Racer||1995|
|Now My Heart Is Full: An Introspective 1984-1994||1994|
|The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get||1994|
|Now My Heart Is Full||1994|
|Vauxhall and I||1994|
|Hold On to Your Friends||1993|
|Beethoven Was Deaf||1993|
|You're the One for Me, Fatty||1992|
|1992-07-09: Dreams I'll Never See: Leysin Rock Festival, Switzerland||1992|
|We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful||1992|
|Certain People I Know||1992|
|Morrissey at KROQ||1991|
|My Love Life||1991|
|Sing Your Life||1991|
|Pregnant for the Last Time||1991|
|November Spawned a Monster||1990|
|Ouija Board, Ouija Board||1989|
|The Last of the Famous International Playboys||1989|
|Everyday Is Like Sunday||1988|
Top 10 Morrissey Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Everyday Is Like Sunday||133,247||41,717|
|3||First of the Gang to Die||111,849||34,811|
|4||Irish Blood, English Heart||87,241||29,471|
|5||You Have Killed Me||72,042||21,163|
|6||Let Me Kiss You||78,637||19,651|
|7||The Last of the Famous International Playboys||54,092||18,497|
|8||The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get||55,719||18,383|
|9||I Have Forgiven Jesus||46,916||15,729|
|10||That's How People Grow Up||40,555||14,132|
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Morrissey Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/16/2014 Tilburg NB 013 12/01/2014 Dublin D 3Arena 11/29/2014 London The O2 11/24/2014 Essen North Rhine-westphal Colosseum Theater 11/23/2014 Berlin BE Columbia Halle 11/19/2014 Warsaw Poland Stodola 11/13/2014 Stockholm AB Hovet 11/11/2014 Goteborg O Lisebergshallen 11/09/2014 Copenhagen 147 Falkoner Theatre 11/05/2014 Hannover NI Capitol Hannover 11/03/2014 Basel Festsaal Messe Basel 11/02/2014 Lausanne Vaud Les Docks 10/31/2014 Caluire Et Cuire Radiant-Bellevue 10/28/2014 Utrecht TivoliVredenburg 10/27/2014 Paris Ile Grand Rex 10/22/2014 Padova Padua Gran Teatro Geox 10/21/2014 Florence FI Teatro Saschall 10/19/2014 Pineta Di Pescara Pescara Palasport Giovanni Paolo II 10/17/2014 Bologna Bologna Paladozza - Bologna 10/14/2014 Rome Atlantico Live 10/13/2014 Rome Laz Atlantico Live 10/10/2014 Barcelona Cat Palau Sant Jordi 10/09/2014 Madrid ?? Palacio De Deportes 06/11/2014 Washington DC Lincoln Theatre 06/10/2014 Baltimore MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 06/07/2014 Boston MA Boston Opera House 06/06/2014 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 05/31/2014 Miami FL Knight Concert Hall At The Adrienne Arsht Center 05/30/2014 Saint Petersburg FL Mahaffey Theater 05/28/2014 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 05/27/2014 Memphis TN Orpheum Theatre Memphis 05/25/2014 Beaumont TX Julie Rogers Theatre 05/24/2014 Austin TX Austin Music Hall 05/22/2014 Dallas TX Majestic Theater 05/20/2014 Lawrence KS Liberty Hall 05/19/2014 Lincoln NE Rococo Theatre 05/17/2014 Denver CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House 05/16/2014 Salt Lake City UT Kingsbury Hall 05/15/2014 Dublin D Whelan's 05/14/2014 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater 05/13/2014 El Paso TX The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center 05/10/2014 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Sports Arena 05/08/2014 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 05/07/2014 San Jose CA City National Civic 02/09/2014 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Morrissey Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/11/2013 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 09/05/2013 Dublin D The Workman's Club 07/30/2013 Sao Paulo SP Credicard Hall 04/06/2013 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 03/09/2013 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 03/08/2013 Portland OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 03/06/2013 Seattle WA Moore Theatre 03/04/2013 Davis CA Mondavi Center UC Davis 03/02/2013 Los Angeles CA Hollywood High School 03/01/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 02/27/2013 San Diego CA Balboa Theatre 02/21/2013 Denver CO Temple Buell Theatre 02/15/2013 Pharr TX Pharr Events Center 02/13/2013 Austin TX Austin Music Hall 02/12/2013 El Paso TX Tricky Falls 02/10/2013 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 02/09/2013 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 02/06/2013 Lincoln NE Rococo Theatre 01/31/2013 Atlanta GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 01/29/2013 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 01/28/2013 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 01/26/2013 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 01/25/2013 Minneapolis MN Orpheum Theatre 01/24/2013 Flint MI Whiting Auditorium 01/22/2013 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 01/21/2013 Pittsburgh PA Heinz Hall 01/19/2013 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 01/18/2013 Reading PA Santander Performing Arts Center 01/16/2013 North Bethesda MD Music Center at Strathmore 01/15/2013 Red Bank NJ Count Basie Theatre 01/12/2013 Atlantic City NJ House of Blues Atlantic City 01/11/2013 Brooklyn NY BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 01/09/2013 Greenvale NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Morrissey Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/22/2012 Sydney Nsw Sydney Opera House 12/21/2012 Newtown ?? Enmore Theatre 12/19/2012 Melbourne Vic Festival Hall Melbourne 12/17/2012 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 12/15/2012 Auckland Auk Vector Arena 12/14/2012 Wellington Wellington Town Hall 12/02/2012 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 11/04/2012 Salt Lake City UT Kingsbury Hall 11/01/2012 Lincoln NE Rococo Theatre 10/30/2012 Clear Lake IA Surf Ballroom 10/29/2012 Minneapolis MN Orpheum Theatre 10/27/2012 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 10/26/2012 Flint MI Whiting Auditorium 10/24/2012 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 10/23/2012 Pittsburgh PA Heinz Hall 10/19/2012 Niagara Falls NY The Rapids Theatre 10/19/2012 Niagara Falls NY The Rapids Theatre 10/18/2012 Albany NY Palace Theatre Albany 10/16/2012 Burlington VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 10/15/2012 Portland ME State Theatre 10/13/2012 New York NY Terminal 5 10/12/2012 New York NY Terminal 5 10/10/2012 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 10/06/2012 Waterbury CT Palace Theater - Waterbury 10/05/2012 Boston MA Wang Theatre 07/28/2012 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/26/2012 Stockton CA Bob Hope Theatre 05/25/2012 Bakersfield CA Rabobank Arena 05/23/2012 Tucson AZ Tucson Music Hall 05/22/2012 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 05/19/2012 Honolulu HI Kaka'ako Beach Park Amphitheater 05/18/2012 Kahului HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Morrissey Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/18/2011 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theatre 12/17/2011 Chicago IL Congress Theater 12/01/2011 Oakland CA Fox Theater 11/28/2011 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 11/26/2011 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 11/25/2011 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 11/22/2011 Escondido CA California Center for the Arts Escondido 11/20/2011 Phoenix AZ Orpheum Theatre 11/19/2011 Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Community Convention Center 11/17/2011 Dallas TX McFarlin Auditorium 11/15/2011 Austin TX Bass Concert Hall 11/14/2011 San Antonio TX Majestic Theatre San Antonio 11/10/2011 Chicago IL Congress Theater 07/18/2011 Berlin BE Zitadelle Berlin
Morrissey Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 12/11/2009 Ventura CA Majestic Ventura Theatre 12/10/2009 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 12/08/2009 San Diego CA Copley Symphony Hall 12/07/2009 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 12/05/2009 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 12/04/2009 Indio CA Fantasy Springs Resort 12/02/2009 Oakland CA Paramount Theatre 11/30/2009 Portland OR Roseland Theater 11/29/2009 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre