24 January 2012
Official figures have been published in the UK for best selling vinyl releases of 2011, and Morrissey's 1992 version of 'Glamorous Glue', as issued by Major Minor (for EMI) ranks as the third best-selling 'single' disc of the year.
The final top ten is:
1 Beady Eye 'The Roller'
2 Beady Eye 'Millionaire'
3 Morrissey 'Glamorous Glue'
4 Beady Eye 'The Beat Goes On'
5 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'The Death of You and Me'
6 Arctic Monkeys 'Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair'
7 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'AKA..What a Life'
8 Beady Eye 'Four Letter Word'
9 Miles Kane 'Come Closer'
10 Manic Street Preachers 'Postcards From a Young Man'
22 January 2012
Full details of Morrissey's tour of South America will include 4 concerts in Argentina and 4 concerts in Brazil. There will be 1 show in Peru, and 1 show in Colombia. The tour will begin in Chile on February 24th. Venues for Brazil will be finalized in the next two days.
20 January 2012
Morrissey will play Lima Jockey Club in Peru on February 29th.
This will be Morrissey's first ever concert in Peru.
Morrissey is now confirmed to play the Vina del Mar Festival in Chile on February 24. Morrissey will also play in Santiago on February 26 at the Movistar Arena.
Shows in Colombia and Argentina are expected to be announced next week.
Full details of Morrissey's Japanese tour for April will be announced on January 27th by promoters in Japan.
15 January 2012
Morrissey will travel to Japan in April where he will undertake ten concerts. It will be the most detailed tour of Japan ever undertaken by Morrissey.
There are plans to follow the Japanese tour with concerts in Thailand, the Philippines and New Zealand.
Full details of the Japanese tour are expected to be announced within the next week.
Also in April, EMI Records will issue the single 'Suedehead', as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael. The single is 3:35 in length, and will be issued as a CD release and a 10" picture disc, both using previously unseen photographs of Morrissey.
10 January 2012
Of Which I Am Most Proud / singles
List from Morrissey
1) First of the gang to die (2004) #6 UK
2) Irish blood, english heart (2004) #3 UK
3) I'm throwing my arms around Paris (2009) #21 UK
4) That's how people grow up (2008) #14 UK
5) Panic (1986) #11 UK
6) Girlfriend in a coma (1987) #13 UK
7) Let me kiss you (2004) #8 UK
8) Everyday is like sunday (1988) #9 1988, #42 2010 UK
9) You have killed me (2006) #3 UK
10) All you need is me (2008) #24 UK
27 December 2011
OF WHICH I AM MOST PROUD
List from Morrissey
1 Years of refusal (2009) #3 UK, #11 US
2 Ringleader of the tormentors (2006) #1 UK, #27 US
3 You are the quarry (2004) #2 UK, #11 US
4 Vauxhall and I (1994) #1 UK, #18 US
5 Strangeways, here we come (1987) #2 UK, #55 US
6 Rank (1988) #2 UK, #77 US
7 Louder than bombs (1987) #38 UK, #62 US
8 Bona drag (1990) #9 UK, #59 US
9 Southpaw grammar (1995) #4 UK, #66 US
10 Your arsenal (1992) #4 UK, #21 US
21 December 2011
Statement 21 December
Thank you for a fantastic US-Mexico tour. I am anchored, delighted, and pale with gratitude. The reception in Mexico was beyond words. No attempt to describe could do justice.
Most stirring of all:
1 CHICAGO, US
2 MEXICO CITY, Mexico (second night)
3 MEXICO CITY, Mexico (first night)
4 PUEBLA, Mexico
5 GUADALAJARA, Mexico (first night)
6 MONTERREY, Mexico
7 SANTA FE, US
8 LAS VEGAS, US
9 GUADALAJARA, Mexico (second night)
10 PHOENIX, US
BELLY FLOP: the Shrine, Los Angeles. When it goes wrong, it certainly goes wrong, and this venue is an open slum. Degradingly, the front of the hall is an orchestra pit so lowered that I found myself singing to a mass of hair. The people at the front - who possibly paid the most - were quite literally down a hole. It was embarrassing for me, and surely humiliating for them.
I stopped the show at the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan in consideration of the audience - who were being unashamedly assaulted by the in-house security. It is difficult to watch this happen, especially when our friends (such as Douglas) are being forcibly choked to death simply for being there. If such attacks happened at the opera or in a night-club, the victims would rightfully sue. Strangely, in-house security sense that they have freedom to manhandle patrons of 'rock' shows. I wonder why? You all know how to contact the Royal Oak Theater. The Head of Security at the Royal Oak was the one inflicting the most damage. He obviously thought he was still down at the abattoir - or wished he were.
We had been over-cautioned so continuously about dangers in Mexico, yet we met nothing at all but great support and warmth. The audiences were the most loving (and loud) that I have ever experienced. Everywhere we went people were very gracious, and eager to help. It was a dream tour, and we all felt that we were resolutely home, burdened only by the practicalities of wondering how soon we could return.
We all enjoyed the Conan O'Brien Show, especially after the sinking loss of the Jimmy Kimmel Show being dropped. We only had one other free night to do the show, so Jimmy asked his booked guests 'Lady A' if they would switch their slot so that we could fit in; but they refused. Oh.
I now no longer expect to live long enough to experience an offer to record for a grownup label. This topic would not sound quite so banal had I not mentioned it 47 times already. I promise I will not mention it again. The world, I expect, will somehow endure, even as the follow-up to 'Years of refusal' grows less and less likely. End of subject. I promise.
I am very grateful to our new agency, William Morris Endeavor, for their astounding efforts to make this recent tour so enjoyable and triumphant. No management, no label, no promotion … all that we have are fantastic ticket sales. Which means you. And there is no greater thing worth having.
I have the most magnificent live crew on the planet. If I said my thanks forever it would not be long enough.
Thank you also to Kristeen Young for dragging her make-up case up and down life's highways once again. The growing dedication of so many people who travel from city to city to follow the tour proves to me that now is better and stronger than the past. My admiration for those who refuse to miss a single concert is almost too emotive to voice. Words fail me.
Well. As the year dies, I return to England to prepare for the High Court circus of the NME case. Instead of simply saying "sorry" (for re-writing the answers to my last NME interview in 2007 in order to make me sound racist), the imperious NME would rather spend hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds in a High Court duel to the death. The fact that they have chosen a court drama over simply apologizing reinforces the notion that their original intent all along was to invent a sensation. So, here it is. And it is difficult to imagine anything more tragic from a magazine with such a gold-plated history. Of course, the court hearing itself will barely touch upon the actual 2007 interview, and will instead attempt to link my name to almost any unpleasant historical incident from the Irish potato famine to the murder of Medgar Evers. With the help of their giddy fan base at The Guardian newspaper, now is the NME's big chance to scorch me off the human map for good. And what a triumph that would be for them. What a proud and eternal boast.
Oh England, oh England - is this all you have to offer?
Just very softly
London, December 2011
30 November 2011
Morrissey is one of the 20 Famous Vegetarians featured in a U.S. postage stamp series produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA states: "The collector's sheet honors some of the world's most dynamic people throughout history who went vegetarian out of concern for animals, their health, or the environment ... Morrissey even called The Smiths' 1985 album Meat Is Murder — and he's still playing the title track live on his current U.S. tour."
Morrissey says: "I am delighted beyond words to be a PETA postage stamp. The rise and rise of PETA is the rise of common sense in modern society. Join the aims of PETA and join a better world."
For more information, and to order the postage stamps, please see http://www.peta.org/features/famous-vegetarian-postage-stamp-series.aspx
22 November 2011
Press release from Girlie Action:
November 23 @
The Music Box
6126 Hollywood Blvd.
The allotment held for 1st come, 1st serve at the box office has sold out. We are pleased to announce that the remainder of tickets left are now open to the general public. This is a rare opportunity to see British icon Morrissey in an intimate venue.
On sale now via Ticketmaster
Two ticket limit. All tickets will be held at will call which will open at 4pm night of show. Original purchasers ID & confirmation will be required to pick up tickets. Absolutely no name transfers will be allowed.
Press release from Girlie Action: Morrissey announces rare intimate show at LA's Henry Fonda Theatre
21 November 2011
Press release from Girlie Action:
Morrissey To Play Rare Intimate Show At Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater Wednesday, November 23!
Morrissey has announced a very intimate performance at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater this Wednesday, November 23. Tickets for the show will only be available at the venue box office and go on sale at noon PST on Tuesday, November 22nd. The show is all ages and there is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are $75 and are cash only. Customers must show ID at the box office at time of purchase. They will have to return to the box office to pick up tickets day of show. Upon showing ID day of show, purchaser and guest will be wristbanded by venue staff and ticketed. No admission without wristband and scanned ticket. This is a rare chance for fans to see him in a small venue. Morrissey will also perform on TBS' Conan on Tuesday the 29th.
The sold-out North American tour follows sold out tours of Europe and the UK. It will conclude on December 18 in Royal Oak, MI and also includes a sold-out date at Los Angeles' legendary Shrine Auditorium. He will be performing songs from throughout his unparalleled catalog including new unreleased tracks.
Morrissey is often recognized as the most important British musician of his generation. The New York Times recently stated, "Morrissey isn't just any singer: he has become one of the defining rock stars of the past few decades by virtue of his grand voice, his grander songs, and his charming habit of playing with melodrama".His influence is felt worldwide through the countless artists that cite him as their primary inspiration.
Morrissey 2011 North American Tour
11/22 Escondido, CA @ California Center for the Arts
11/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
11/25 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - Chelsea Ballroom
11/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
11/28 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
12/01 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
12/05 Monterrey @ Arena, Mexico
12/07 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa, Mexico
12/08 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa , Mexico
12/10 Puebla @ Auditorio del Complejo Cultural Universitario, Mexico
12/12 Guadalajara @ Diana, Mexico
12/13 Guadalajara @ Diana, Mexico
12/17 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
12/18 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre