24 July 2012
Press release from Susan Blond:
We are very sorry to inform that due to an unforeseen injury to Solomon Walker's back, Morrissey will not be able to perform at Cascais Music Festival tonight. Solomon Walker is the bass player and a central part of the band and it's impossible to do the concert without him.
We would like to apologise to all our fans who had bought tickets to see us but we promise we'll be back soon. Ticket refunds are available from the ticket vendor.
22 July 2012
On July 21st in Israel Morrissey was granted the Keys to the City by the mayor of Tel-Aviv. This is a very rare accolade and Morrissey told Israeli television reporters that he is "delighted to be honored and recognized," and he vowed to always do his best for the city of Tel-Aviv. It is the very first of such honors that Morrissey has received.
Morrissey played to a sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 that evening at Bitan 1.
In terms of ticket sales Morrissey's current tour of Europe and Asia has proven to be the most successful of his entire career.
The final ticket count for Morrissey's show at Bitan 1, at 5,900, out-sold recent shows by both Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Promoters for Bitan 1 say that the Morrissey show was the fastest selling Tel-Aviv concert of this year so far. Morrissey remains without a recording contract.
18 July 2012
Press release from Susan Blond:
MORRISSEY BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD AT LYCABETTUS ARENA IN ATHENS
Morrissey's July 16th show at Lycabettus Arena in Athens, Greece broke an attendance record that was previously held by Radiohead, as 9,000 people forced their way into a 5,500 capacity venue.
Security officials gave up as 3,500 broke through the main doors. The head of security, who has served the venue for 30 years, said, "I have never seen such determined people."
The stage had already been moved back 4 meters to accommodate the capacity crowd but non-ticketed patrons also lined observation points to the left and right of the arena.
Morrissey said he was "delighted and humbled" by the Athens reception and delivered a blistering set combining new songs such as "Scandinavia" and "Action is my middle name" as well as older songs including "You have killed me" and "I'm throwing my arms around Paris".
Morrissey is currently wrapping up his European tour and will hit the stage in October for his North American tour. He remains without a record deal.
23 June 2012
Due to the instant sell-out of Morrissey's show at Radio City Music Hall, two nights at Terminal 5 in New York City have been added to the schedule.
Morrissey will play Terminal 5 on Friday 12 October, and Saturday 13 October. Tickets for both nights will go on sale on Friday 29 June.
17 June 2012
Morrissey US dates
10/5 Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
10/6 Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
10/10 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 [added]
10/13 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 [added]
10/15 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/16 Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
10/19 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
10/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
10/24 Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion
10/26 Flint, MI @ James H Whiting Auditorium
10/27 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
10/30 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
11/1 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
11/3 Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
11/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall at University of Utah
11/8 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
11/10 Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre
11/11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/14 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
11/16 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
11/17 Reno, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom
11/21 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/23 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at The Chelsea Ballroom
11/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center Arena
11/27 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/28 Wichita Falls, TX @ Kay Yeager Coliseum
11/30 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
12/1 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theatre
12/3 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
12/5 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/7 North Bethesda, MD @ The Music Center at Strathmore
12/8 Atlantic City, NJ @ Showboat Resort and Casino - House of Blues
Iggy and the Stooges will be special guests at the Staples Center show, and Kristeen Young will open on all nights.
7 June 2012
Morrissey's final European date for 2012 will be at Edinburgh Usher Hall (Scotland) on Monday, 30 July.
Tickets are £32.50, and support is Kristeen Young.
3 June 2012
Morrissey statement 2 June 2012.
I express my very sincere thanks to all of you who attended our shows of April and May - all of which were fantastic, and often beyond belief. My gratitude, I realize, could never be enough.
Nights of bolts of lightning:
1. JAKARTA, Indonesia: Tennis Indoor (10 May)
2. SINGAPORE, Singapore City: Fort Canning Park (8 May)
3. SAN DIEGO, USA: Valley View Center (22 May)
4. TOKYO, Japan: Garden Hall (3 May)
5. SEOUL, Korea: Ax Hall (6 May)
6. KAWASAKI, Japan : Citta (21 April)
7. NAGOYA, Japan: Zepp (2 May)
8. FUKUOKA, Japan: Zepp (26 April)
9. STOCKTON, USA: Bob Hope Theater (26 May)
10. TUCSON, USA: Music Hall (23 May)
Even the most difficult night (Hiroshima, Japan) was terrific, although promotion throughout Japan was painfully zero. Oh, could it really be anything else but!
The most breathless delights were Jakarta and Singapore. Why have we been kept apart for so long? In Jakarta and in Manila we seemed to fill the whole city with belief, and we were met with enthusiastic admiration everywhere. In such places, it was encouraging to read reviews that were not written by people who were determined not to understand. (That sentence is garbled, but it makes sense to me.)
I have never in my life experienced a crowd such as that of Jakarta, who sang each song so loudly that their voices caught all of the onstage microphones and warped the sound into a mad bellow of love. Later, backstage, we were numbed by the joy that Jakarta had given us.
I fell in love anew with Japan. It hit me like a lightning thrust, and I woke each day eager for the love of it all; a civility unlike anywhere else on earth. America could never catch up, and England could never be in the race in the first place. By comparison, England is a country of condemnations, whereas America is a country of exclusions, with the obvious inequality of all. Japan has the most finely perceptive culture I have ever known, and I am thrilled to witness the emergence of broad and wide vegetarian options on all restaurant menus, as the dumb misery of eating death recedes. Record shops also continue to exist in Japan – most notably Tower Records, where we are allowed to remember the joy of 'accidental discovery'.
I apologize for having so many birthdays, but the impassioned crowd at San Diego justified the agony of another year gone. This crowd were noticeably bolder, loudly assured, and full of confidence. There was a vicious sensuality to the audience that I had never previously known. Yes, even after all these years.
Our little covered wagon has lost drummer Matt Walker, who was eager to bring his term to an end. No bargainings could persuade him to stay, and his interest drew its last breath at Stockton. Behind the kit, Matt was a greyhound unleashed, and his great work on Years of refusal will always and forever speak up in his favor. His exit is sad, but he had no wish to continue, and a branch falls away.
We are no closer to port where record label interest is concerned. I promised I would never mention this again. But I just have.
The soul is tried all over again as the jackboot of dictatorship strangles England. This week, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor - and all done, quite naturally, at the public's expense! It is degrading to anyone of intelligence. While dictatorships throughout the Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British 'royals', who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet. Having done nothing to earn our respect, they demand everything by return. It is a cunning and extravagant form of benefit fraud. I should mention that I am frequently asked to appear on BBC television's Question Time to air my views. But is it possible to engage with the British media and not be carved-up? I doubt it.
Meanwhile, somewhere else, far away from tabloid Britain, the moon retains its friendly silence, and the world is all before you.
In reverent spirit, keenly alive
20 May 2012
Morrissey's concert at San Diego on May 22 has sold out (4,900 tickets), but the promoters have placed an additional 200 tickets on sale in order to accommodate demand.
14 May 2012
Morrissey will play Tel Aviv, Israel, on 21 July at Bitan 1.
10 May 2012
Morrissey will play Athens (Greece) on 16 July at Lycabettus Theater.