The former Smiths star cut short his set in Arizona earlier in the week after his voice gave out.
Veteran indie icon Morrissey has cancelled another gig in his current American tour, pulling out of Wednesday night’s gig in Texas citing “health concerns” after his voice gave out mid-song earlier this week.
The ex-Smiths singer, 57, announced that he would not be performing his scheduled show in San Antonio’s Tobin Centre, just two days after he was forced to cut short his set in Arizona just six songs in. The move has been made on medical advice to allow Morrissey’s voice to recover so that he can continue his tour later.
Morrissey performing live in Sweden in 2016
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OK Go are warning us of 'bad people on the rise'.
Ok Go appeared on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' this week to play their brand new cover of Morrissey's 1989 single 'Interesting Drug'; a song for which they also released a video earlier this week addressing the current political state of the US.
OK Go perform live rendition of 'Interesting Drug'
The band performed last night (January 18th 2017) after unveiling a video to go with the track that features various clips of president-elect Donald Trump speaking at conventions, as well as shots of him and his associates on the front of newspapers. The song features on their latest album 'Hungry Ghosts'.
Continue reading: OK Go Channel Morrissey With Cover Of 'Interesting Drug'
The singer also provided a ranking of his favourite audiences in 2016.
Morrissey has cancelled the remaining six dates of his U.S. tour, blaming his management for mismanaging the tour’s finances.
In a post on fansite True to You, which the singer uses as his official mouthpiece, Morrissey blamed 360 Management for having to cancel the December dates, saying they had “faded out as quickly as they had faded in”.
Morrissey in Gothenburg, number nine in his best of 2016 list
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Johnny Marr has said he will promote his autobiography 'Set The Boy Free' via two ''in conversation'' events later this year.
Johnny Marr is set to promote his comprehensive autobiography via two ''in conversation'' events.
The former 'The Smiths' guitarist has revealed he will talk about his upcoming book - 'Set The Boy Free' - at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music on November 7 and at Milton Court at London's Barbican on November 10.
Speaking to NME.com about the book, the solo artist said: ''For the past few years as I've been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I'll write my book. I'm very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story.
Continue reading: Johnny Marr Says He Will Promote His Book Via Two Events
The two artists had collaborated together in the early 90s.
Kate Bush has penned a heartfelt tribute to Prince, following his untimely death last Thursday (April 21st). The notoriously private star took to her website to share her sadness over his death, describing the singer as ‘playful and mind-blowingly gifted’.
Kate Bush has paid tribute to Prince following his death on April 21st.
“I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince,” Bush wrote. “He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration.”
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The film will focus on Morrissey’s early life before he formed The Smiths.
Jack Lowden who starred in BBC period drama ‘War and Peace’ earlier this year, has been cast as Morrissey in the upcoming biopic of The Smiths’ frontman. Titled Steven, the film will focus on Morrissey’s pre-Smith’s life and the series of odd jobs he worked before he decided to move into music.
Jack Lowden will play Morrissey in Steven.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Lowden described Morrissey as ‘a massive icon’ and explained how the film would explore the singer’s life after leaving school and the events which led to him forming the seminal band.
Continue reading: 'War And Peace' Star Jack Lowden Cast As Morrissey In Upcoming Biopic
Animal rights activist considers political career.
So, Morrissey is seriously considering entering the race to become Mayor of London, putting forth his vegetarian views as his main political focus. And he only needs £10,000 and a minimum of 330 signatures of support. Suddenly all the other potential candidates don't seem so bad now, do they?
It's one of life's greatest pleasures to be able to escape the Smiths singer's extremist ramblings on vegetarianism with just a few clicks, but it looks like it could be set to be more difficult in the future as he considers taking to politics to press his opinions, because he believes that pressure groups are never going to have any effect until the issue hits the government.
Morrissey's 'List of the Lost' won the dubious trophy on December 1st, and the singer has finally reacted to the award.
Morrissey has brushed off the news of his ignominious triumph in the Bad Sex in Fiction award earlier this month, dismissing the panel who awarded him dubious honour as “replusive horrors”.
The 56 year old published his first novel ‘List of the Lost’ back in September, following his first venture into writing with ‘Autobiography’ back in 2013. In addition to lukewarm reviews, an excerpt from the book describing a sex scene, which referenced a “bulbous salutation”, was nominated by the Literary Review for the Bad Sex award, which it promptly won.
Morrissey has at last responded to his 'triumph' at the Bad Sex Awards
Continue reading: Morrissey Dismisses 'Bad Sex Award' As A "Repulsive Horror"
The Mozfather's debut novel 'List of the Lost' was nominated for the dubious honour last month, and has now won it altogether.
Morrissey’s debut novel ‘List of the Lost’ has received the dubious honour of the Bad Sex in Fiction award at a ceremony in London.
The former Smiths singer’s first novel, which followed his 2013 ‘Autobiography’, was panned by critics on its publication in September by Penguin, and its reference to a “bulbous salutation” in a sex scene between two of its characters caught the eye of the judging panel and swayed them sufficiently to declare it the ‘winner’.
Morrissey performing live in 2015
Morrissey's 'List of the Lost' may have made him a figure of fun right now, but here's some examples of rock stars writing books and succeeding.
Eagle-eyed indie fans will have seen the hilarious news that Morrissey has been nominated for the ‘Bad Sex Award’ by The Literary Review this week. His first fictional work ‘List of the Lost’, arriving two years after 2013’s notorious ‘Autobiography’, received wildly mixed reviews from most critics.
The nominated passage of ‘erotic’ prose contains the memorable phrase ‘bulbous salutation’. He may be lauded as the lead singer of The Smiths and as a solo artist, but it’s unlikely that his fiction will be remembered in quite the same way, if this is anything to go by.
However, success on the stage doesn’t necessarily preclude a rock star from enjoying successful pursuits as writers. Here are some other, more accomplished examples of rock stars writing prose instead of lyrics.
Continue reading: Five Examples Of Pop Stars Becoming Authors
The singer’s novel ‘List Of The Lost’ has found itself nominated for the infamous prize, thanks to an awkward sex scene.
Morrissey’s debut debut novel, List Of The Lost, has been nominated for one of the most un-coveted prizes in fiction, the ‘Bad Sex Award’ from The Literary Review. The annual awards honour the "most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction”, with the former Smiths frontman emerging as the frontrunner from this year’s nominees.
Morrissey is up for this year’s ‘Bad Sex Award’.
In List Of The Lost's nominated passage, the singer-turned-author writes: ‘At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.’
Morrissey will not be delivering this year's alternative Christmas speech for Channel 4.
Former Smiths singer Morrissey has "politely declined" an invitation from Channel 4 to record an alternative Christmas Day television message.
Morrissey released his latest album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, earlier this year
An alternative Christmas message has been broadcast by Channel 4 since 1993, with the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Oliver, Marge and Lisa Simpson and Katie Piper taking up the mantle, however, speaking on fan-site True To You, Morrissey said he would not be joining the list.
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Morrissey has undergone treatment for cancer, but remains upbeat.
Morrissey has revealed that he has undergone a series of cancer treatments after repeatedly being hospitalized over the past year-and-a-half. The former Smiths frontman was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer in 2013, pneumonia a few months later, food poisoning in July and a respiratory infection in June this year.
Morrissey recently released his first solo album in four years, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'
However, in a new Spanish language interview with El Mundo, Morrissey - via the Morrissey-Solo messageboard - said: "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever.If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead."
Continue reading: Morrissey Gives Two Fingers To Cancer, "If I Die, I Die."
The former Smiths frontman has been battling poor health as of late.
Singer Morrissey has announced he’s undergone a series of cancer treatments, after suffering with poor health for the past 18 months. In an interview with Spanish magazine El Mundo, the 55 year old was quoted as saying, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t.”
Morrissey has revealed he’s undergone a series of cancer treatments.
The iconic Smiths frontman said doctors had “scraped cancerous tissues’ four times”, but did not reveal what form of the disease he was being treated for. “Right now I feel good,” the singer said. “I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do. I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.”
Continue reading: Morrissey Reveals He Has Undergone Cancer Treatment
Morrissey has teamed up with his old pal Pamela Anderson for 'Earth is the Loneliest Place'
Morrissey has enlisted the help of Pamela Anderson for a spoken word video for new single Earth is the Loneliest Planet. The famous animal rights activists stand atop the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles, looking out on a dusky Hollywood skyline.
Morrissey Has Teamed Up With Pamela Anderson
Beautifully shot by Natalie Johns, the video sees Morrissey narrated a tale of a doomed universe - of course, caused by man's own wrongdoing.
Morrissey teamed up with PETA for a new animated video to convince you to go vegan.
In what is possibly the least surprising collaboration of the year, legendary singer/songwriter Morrissey has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in an animated video that is backed by the musician’s 1992 track, 'I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday.'
Morrissey Performing in Manchester
The three minute long dramatic video clip depicts an adorable baby chicken named Nugget, who’s separated from its mother while being shipped off to a slaughterhouse. The chicken, while in its tearful travel, manages to escape and, after wandering through a dark forest, finds sanctuary at PETA headquarters where animals roam free. However, the scene pans back to the slaughterhouse where the process repeats, showing that every chicken usually isn’t as lucky.
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When Morrissey apparently started Tweeting away, fans and detractors of the controversial singer were excited. He’s known for his outspoken views, and rarely seeks filtration when it comes to communicating with the public. Purely as an entertainment vessel, Morrissey on Twitter was a thrilling prospect.
Morrissey signs copies of his autobiography in Sweden
Alas, it’s not him. “I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account. I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care. Untwitterably yours, MORRISSEY,” he wrote on True To You.
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Morrissey is never too shy to tell us how he really feels, but did he cross a line this time? He said people who eat meat are as bad as pedophiles or Nazis.
Morrissey likes to make a statement, but he especially likes to speak his mind when it may be for a good cause. The Smiths singer is an outspoken animal rights activist, and his latest comments have him comparing eating meat to molesting children.
Morrissey signing copies of his new autobiographical book
"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder," he said in response to a fan question on website True To You (via the Huffington Post).
Continue reading: Morrissey Compares Eating Meat To Pedophilia, Nazism
Morrissey's autobiography is full of silly little tales.
The vitriolic Autobiography by British singer Morrissey - published under the Penguin Classics imprint - is destined to become a Christmas bestseller after strong early sales. The score-settling memoir had topped Amazon's UK chart less than 24 hours after it was released on Thursday (October 17, 2013).
Jon Howells, spokesman for the Waterstones book chain, said Friday that the book is likely to become a Christmas best-seller.
"In Britain, he is one of our icons," Howells told the Associated Press, "His is the great untold story from the '80s generation of music heroes."
Continue reading: Morrissey Escaped Down Fire Exit After Being Asked To Star On 'Friends'
Morrissey's autobiography addresses his personal life.
Morrissey's Autobiography - released as part of the Penguin classics range on Thursday (October 17, 2013) - reveals that his first relationship came with a man when he was in his 30s.
The former Smiths singer, who has kept his private life intensely private until now, opened up about a relationship with a man named Jake Walters, which began in 1994. He wrote how Walters followed him back to his house after meeting him at a restaurant and "steps inside and stays for two years."
"For the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we', as, finally, I can get on with someone," he wrote, according to BBC News.
Continue reading: Morrissey's Autobiography Reveals Gay Romance In His 30's
Morrissey is the author of a Penguin Classic.
Morrissey appears to have ended his dispute with publisher Penguin and will finally release his memoir, titled Autobiography, as part of the Penguin Classics range on October 17, 2013.
According to a statement from the publisher, the book will come out in the UK, Europe and the British Commonwealth, though there are no plans to release Autobiography in the US or any other territory.
This could have been the stumbling block that resulted in an initial delay in publication, with the fan-site True To You claiming that "a last-minute content disagreement . caused the [Penguin] venture to collapse," however it most likely hinged on Morrissey's desire for the book to be published as a classic.
The semi-official fan site, True-To-You, claims that a contract disagreement between the singer and Penguin Books led to it's publication being scrapped at the last minute
Morrissey is either as miserable now as he ever has been, or his fan site True-To-You is stirring up rumours that will probably do more harm than good to the former Smiths singer. According to the online fanzine, Morrissey's auto-biography was due to hit shelves on 16 September, but "a last-minute content disagreement" with him and Penguin Books "caused the venture to collapse."
Morrissey's book deal with Penguin, which may not have even existed, fell through at the last minute
With the due publication date set for Monday, 16 September, this "last minute" disagreement must have been brewing for some time as the book has yet to make it's way on any booksellers schedules, which usually give wind of an impending publication a few weeks before it is due out. According to the fanzine, Penguin never printed any review copies off and Morrissey is now searching for a new publisher to put his story out there. Penguin have so far refused to comment on whether the book was due to be released, or even confirm whether they had a prior arrangement with the singer.
The controversial singer sounds down about his tour being cancelled... and rightly so
A tired Morrissey has confirmed that his tour of South America is off. The singer, who blames a "lack of funding," seems as if he’s ready to quit touring all-together. "Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us," he wrote, "and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing."
Morrisey just giving anything the finger
The tour seemed doomed from the outset, with Morrissey penning in the dates after recovering from double pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer – he could have died but intended to carry on touring. Then, with no real explanation, dates in Mexico were cancelled.
The famous musician-cum-political activist paid for PETA's adspace.
In a rather complicated set of events, each and every one dripped in irony, Morrissey is to bankroll an advert from PETA, which denounces the sale of Foie Gras in Fortnum Mason. Morrissey won the money in a lawsuit against Channel 4 because the station used his song "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" as part of Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong Live back in 2011.
Morrisey is famous for his views on animal cruelty
Ramsay uses Foie Gras in some of his recipes, hence Morrisey’s disdain when one of his songs was used to promote the chef’s show. "With this generous gift, Morrissey is literally putting his money where his mouth is and combating cruelty to animals", says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi.
Morrissey U.S tour cancelled
Continuing problems with Morrissey’s health have lead to the cancellation of the last 22 dates on his American tour, effectively ending his involvement in America, for now.
The first gig cancelled was due to be played tomorrow (Mon 18) in Kansas, with shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Denver also axed. The tour was set to culminate in San Francisco on April 30. "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour," she said in a statement. "Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts." The controversial 53-year-old has already cancelled 21 shows over the past year – primarily due to pneumonia - raising questions over his ability to continue to tour live. Fans will be able to get refunds for tickets from the place of purchase and Morrissey thanked them for their well wishes. The vegetarian star had previously made sure his March 1 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles be held with no sales of meat at the venue's outlets, such is his dedication to the cause of vegetarianism.
Morrissey wearing white nail varnish
Continue reading: Health Problems Ruin Morrissey’s U.S Tour – 22 Dates Cancelled
The singer was diagnosed with double pneumonia earlier this week, which puts an end to his tour plans.
Morissey fans face disappointment once again, after the singer’s continuing health issues have forced him to cancel the remaining dates of his North American tour.
This comes after a number of gigs were scrapped in January, once again because of health issues. The latest development on the former frontman of The Smiths: while in San Francisco earlier this week, Morrissey was diagnosed with double pneumonia. We’re not exactly sure what that is (you’re welcome to google it though), but sadly, it means that the singer will not be able to perform for a while. He cancelled a gig on Saturday and later, this Thursay, another one was axed from the tour schedule. The next concert Morrissey was scheduled to play was Monday in Kansas, but that has now been scrapped, along with the remaining 22 dates of the North American tour.
Morrissey’s management had this to say about the cancellations: "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour. Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts." Naturally, this comes as a huge letdown to the ticketholders for the various tour stops, but all ticket sales will be refunded in due time and hopefully, Morrissey will be back on his feet (and on tour) sometime this year.
Continue reading: Pneumonia Diagnoses Leads Morrissey To Cancel Entire Tour
Duck Dynasty pulled in a massive television audience this week.
Nearly 9 million people tuned in to 'Duck Dynasty' for Wednesday evening's third-season premiere, A&E's biggest audience ever. The show - about the Robertson family who make products for duck hunters - is now the No.1 rated nonfiction series on cable this year, a remarkable feat, reports the Washington Post.
The show premiered one night after the Duck Dynasty cast appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's ABC late-night show, following a very public dust-up with former Smiths singer Morrissey. Both were invited onto Kimmel's late night show, though Morrissey - a well-known animal rights campaigner - cancelled, calling the Robertsons "animal serial killers." That night on his show, Kimmel said he respected Morrissey's position but that he was unwilling to dump the Robertsons because "they have guns and Morrissey doesn't." He concluded that the Manchester-born singer "keeps finding ways to depress us."
The whole furore worked out well for Duck Dynasty, which had more activity across social-media platforms than American Idol, also drawing a bigger television audience. The show has only been bested by the likes of The Bachelor, Modern Family and the Academy Awards this week.
Continue reading: Morrissey Dust-Up Helps 'Duck Dynasty' To Record Breaking Audience
Morrissey, ex-frontman of '80s band The Smiths, has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and may need surgery. His ill-health renders him unable to continue with his US tour currently, but is expected to return to the stage in February.
As NME reported on Sunday (27th Jan) Morrissey was suspected to have a bladder infection. However as more tests have been done having been admitted to the Beaumont hospital, in Detroit, it has become apparent that the singer in fact has a bleeding ulcer. As his representative, Lauren Papapietro, said in a statement, reported by SkyNews, he's expected to be well again in time to make his February 9th show in Las Vegas. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time." She said, "Morrissey apologises greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour."
His US tour had already been postponed after he rapidly returned to England to care for his mother, last October. The cities that shows have been cancelled: Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa; and Lincoln, Nebraska. It is expected that Morrissey will simply postpone these dates rather than cancelling them entirely.
Coachella Music Festival are still a while away from announcing their headliners for their 2013 event, but if reports are to believed there is one act they're absolutely desperate to get back together for the event. It's believed that the festival organisers are so keen to reunite cult band The Smiths that they have offered to ban meat from the entire event if the British indie band do reform.
There've been long-running rumours of a comeback ever since the group split up way back in 1987, with founding members Morrissey and Johnny Marr reportedly getting offered offered as much as $4.5 million to get back together. The song writing duo have so far stuck to their guns on the matter though, insisting that they're not interested in reuniting. Morrissey now has a large back catalogue of solo records behind, whilst Marr has lent his guitar talents to everyone from Modest Mouse to The Cribs. However, it's now emerged that Coachella have promised staunch vegetarian Morrissey that they would ban all meat products from the Indio, California site for the entire event if he reunited the group for a headline performance.
Morrissey famously stormed offstage at Coachella in 2009 after smelling smoke from the on-site barbecues, and he told Australia's News.com.au that they first made the offer for the 2010 festival. "[After 2009] the agents for Coachella offered a 100 per cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as The Smiths" Morrissey commented. "Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer... which I thought certainly said something."
Morrissey took time out from rallying against the British royal family and meat eaters and turned into a Good Samaritan at the weekend, with it being reported that the outspoken musician tended to an elderly lady who collapsed in a bookstore.
Former front man of The Smiths, Morrissey was browsing shelves at New York City's well-known Strand Bookstore, no doubt looking for some Keates or Yates, on Sunday (September 23rd) when a frail customer standing nearby him was taken ill. Acting quickly, the performer knelt down to comfort the confused woman and offered to fetch her some water before staff came to her aid. An onlooker told Queerty.com, "He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help. She declined and collected her things and moved on. But my friend said she touched Morrissey's cheek in gratitude!"
Continuing, they added "Obviously, she didn't know who he was, just was touched by this act of kindness from a nice British man. He seemed very shaken up and flustered by the incident and left the store soon afterwards without buying anything." Which sounds a bit more like the Morrissey we know and love.