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TTY: San Francisco International Airport

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Today, 7:11 AM. 5 comments

:'(


http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150729_03

San Francisco International Airport
29 July 2015

San Francisco International Airport

On leaving the US on 27 July I flew from San Francisco International Airport to London on flight BA 284.

At 2:30 in the afternoon I went through the usual airport security procedure including the stand-up 'scanner', and all was well - no bleeps and nothing unusual.

Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays I was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles. He quickly moved away as an older "airport security officer" approached.

The officer who sexually assaulted me was identified as the General Manager On Duty. Luckily I was accompanied by two members of British Airways Special Services, who were horrified at the sexual attack and suggested that I lodge a complaint. I asked if there would be any point in lodging a complaint since, as with any complaint against a figure in "authority", the complaints are simply collected in order to protect the guilty officer should the matter go further. The British Airways Special Services employees assured me that a complaint was worthwhile, and so I filed the appropriate information. However, before doing so, the guilty "officer" was confronted, and the conversation went thus:

You have just sexually groped this man.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
What you have done is illegal.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
You have no right to do what you have just done.
Officer: That's just your opinion.

Apart from "that's just your opinion", he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else's, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law. The words "that's just your opinion" volunteered themselves from this 'officer's' mouth before he had even heard the question. He knew he could be confronted, but he also knew that he could never be challenged (even though the entire incident is most certainly on CCTV camera).

In the interests of imperishable bureaucracy my submitted complaint against this 'officer' will obviously be either unread or ignored because, as we all know, on matters of officialism it is not possible to be pleasantly surprised by anything at all. However, what is clear is that, should you find yourself traveling through San Francisco International Airport, you should expect sexual abuse from the so-called 'security officers' who, we are unconvincingly warned, are acting only for our security.

Do people have minds?

Morrissey
29 July 2015

TTY - Now My Heart Is Fuller

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Today, 6:51 AM. One comment

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150729_02

Now my heart is fuller
29 July 2015

Now my heart is fuller
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Now I know what Rollermania was like (you are too young to remember), and now I know what Osmondmania was like (you are too young to remember), and now I know what Beatlemania was like (everyone is too old to remember). Thank you for our best ever American tour. We are engulfed by a sense of indebtedness and joy. The credit for such a wonderful tour is all yours. We simply turn up and hope for the best and that best is you.

Eternity caught magnificently in the moment:

1. Salt Lake City (18 July) Depot
2. Seattle (21 July) Benaroya Hall
3. San Jose (25 July) Event Center
4. Cincinnati (30 June) Aronoff Center
5. Akron (29 June) Civic
6. Nashville (3 July) Ryman Auditorium
7. Detroit (8 July) Masonic Temple
8. New York City (27 June) Madison Square Garden
9. Bloomington (11 July) Center for Performing Arts
10. Worcester (24 June) Hanover Theater
11. Washington (17 June) Echostage
12. Philadelphia (20 June) Academy of Music
13. Denver (16 July) Red Rocks
14. Atlanta (13 June) Symphony Hall

... and this list continues. Yet it halts at the mere mention of the Firefly Festival - an absurd situation best forgotten.

However, what has caused this sudden new life form? Why are we back in the glory days of 1991/92? Why now? I rashly imagine it is partly public support in response to World peace is none of your business being axed in its prime by Steve Barnett - that cheap model of Humpty Dumpty whose Harvest/Capitol label can offer the world absolutely nothing in place of World peace is none of your business. I believe that his actions have enraged many people throughout the world, and the fact that he still has a job indicates the hellward march of a music industry that will never allow itself to be surprised by anything that is not endorsed by television 'talent' shows (none of which have yet produced one single lasting or meaningful star). However, he is now unworthy of further mention. He lives inside his own skin, which is surely punishment enough.

The heart fretted slightly at the Sydney book-signing. I had no idea that the shop would only allow 220 people in, and I only later learned that the shop threatened police action against anyone who loitered within or outside of the shop without one of those special-invitation confirmation things: a fascinating way to treat grown adults. Consequently, the Sydney book-signing was an outstanding non-event, and only later do to we learn the facts.

Our four nights at Sydney Opera House left me too much in love with whatever it is I do to ever hang back. Although my achievements are generally ignored by the media, my heart records everything, and I fall over with gratitude to all of the people who made the four Opera House nights instant sell-outs. My prayers of thanks to the people of Sydney, I know, could never be sufficient to repay their love and respect.

What is it all about, really? So much love in such a very cruel world. I say the latter as I read about Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie in Minnesota who murdered the very beautiful and much-loved lion named Cecil, so trusting of people and leading such a contented life until Walter James Palmer (a dentist at River Bluff Dental in Minnesota) lured Cecil to a death that took 40 hours of pain before the lion died. How does our society produce people as evil as Walter James Palmer? Well, Melissa Bachman (also of Minnesota) got away with it, so the shootists' door swings open time and again in the USA. Kill for fun.

However, our societies will always hatch the ugly elements, as murdering animals is also a hysterically funny pastime in the family of Donald Trump - who will probably express outrage and disgust at the next inevitable American school shooting.

For me, if permissible! these are happy times, and the band and I look forward to the rest of the year ... South and Central America and our shows in Europe. We pray that we live up to your expectations. Please understand that satisfaction comes from the courage of standing up and speaking out, not from holding back. Good times for a change.

I am unwilling to close my mind.

Morrissey
29 July 2015.

recent tour photograph above of Jesse Tobias taken by Christopher Victorio, and printed here with great respect to the photographer.

photograph below by Sam Esty Rayner.
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Four Awards for Morrissey

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Yesterday, 10:34 AM. 3 comments

"Morrissey has been offered four international awards in recognition of his contribution to music and also for his work in aid of social justice for animals. The awards are:

1. Mercy For Animals "Hidden Heroes Gala Award", to be presented to Morrissey in Los Angeles in August.

2. People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals "Lifetime Achievement Award" to be presented at the Hollywood Palladium in September.

3. Trinity College Dublin's Philosophical Society's Gold Medal Award for Contribution To Music, scheduled for October.

4. Farm Sanctuary's Special Award for "promoting compassionate living and ending cruelty to farm animals", to be presented in New York in October by Jon Stewart (of the Daily Show) and Tracey Stewart.

Morrissey has commented: "I do nothing in my life with the hope of receiving an award. I do not make music with the hope that I might be patted on the back with a meaningless Grammy bought for me by a major label. Almost everything I do and say goes against the sympathies of the music industry, therefore I am very proud to be offered these four very intelligent awards, and the aim of my acceptance is only and purely with the hope that by doing so I can draw further attention to the modern Holocaust of the meat industry. My firm hope, of course, is that all people will arrive at sophisticated and compassionate enlightenment by understanding how the hidden hell of factory farming and the slaughterhouse and dairy farming is destroying the planet far more than any other known entity, and is an unimaginably evil torture for animals who ask for nothing but to be allowed a chance to live their lives. Animal consumption also places a deadly strain on medical care throughout the US and the U.K, a strain no different to the results of tobacco intake. The meat industry is rotting the world and appeals only to the deadliest aspects of human behavior.

The blood-lust must end; KFC and McDonalds and Burger King have made enough money and have murdered more sentient beings than they could have ever wished for. The world does not want or need it any more. The yellow McDonalds "M" is the modern swastika. Meat shits on the world, and social justice for animals will automatically lead to less social violence. Please do not accept the political darkness of animal slaughter. The future is fantastic due to the courage of PETA and Mercy For Animals and Farm Sanctuary. The hellward heart of animal slaughter is closing down as the evil that nobody wants. The world has arrived at a new sophistication, and if you stick with your chicken wings and your cheeseburgers then you remain in darkness and you lack the courage to say 'no' to the politico-economic tyranny of indoctrination. The fact that it is a federal offense in the United States to film inside an abattoir tells us all we need to know: they do not want you to see what goes on inside because, if you knew, the wholesale mass murder within would cause a global uproar. Approve of the meat industry and you approve of Auschwitz.

There is no difference. We are forced-fed the disproportionate warning that ISIS constitutes the biggest threat to our societies, yet ISIS has not enacted one atom of destruction equal to the dangers facing all of us by the meat industry.

Please wake up and be a part of the new. The meat industry is the most lethal weapon of mass destruction. Thank you for reading this." - http://www.true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150729_01

Congratulations, Morrissey! :applause

p.s. this is what it'll be like getting tickets for the Phil ceremony, at least - http://www.thejournal.ie/amy-poehler-dublin-2-1981744-Mar2015/

Let's Discuss The Smiths (1984)

Posted by DAVIE (Members) at Sun 19 Jul 2015, 23:17:30. 6 comments

I thought I would spark some interest and discuss about each album and our thoughts on the songs we actually hear on a frequent basis. So let's start from The Smiths début in February 1983. Of cause, the original set list became a little different when reissued. This was a time when the original Troy Tate mixes were left completely ignored and even when The Smiths début was released Morrissey said it simply wasn't good enough. But what about the fans? Do we believe it's good enough?

I'll admit. I have two versions of the album. I have the original track list (but I include "This Charming Man") and then a custom made Smiths début that I've butchered myself into something I like. I think "This Charming Man" always has to be in the track list. That one song alone lifts the album up along with the likes of "Still Ill" and "Hand In Glove". "This Charming Man" put The Smiths on the map of music. People started to begin to notice who they were.

With "Reel Around The Fountain", I've always preferred the Hatful Of Hollow version because I think the key is slightly higher, Morrissey does sing it a lot better on that take, the bass is more prominent and that random piano is thrown away. I think the same with "You've Got Everything Now" that it's somehow a lot better played and mixed on the Hatful Of Hollow album.

I think lyrically it's probably the strongest Morrissey album and it's somewhat different to everything he did onwards. "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "Suffer Little Children" I believe are still two underated songs that have amazing lyrics and songs that Morrissey has never added to his live set list since 1983.

Other random notes. I love the guitar in the original "What Difference Does It Make?" it's a shame Morrissey hates the song because it was their only song that really did well in the charts and we all know that Morrissey adores chart positions. I love the message "Pretty Girls Make Graves", what an amazing title for a song! I love "Accept Yourself" but I think their later b-side version may actually trump the original version. I know many will disagree with me on that though! Oh and lastly, I'll admit I sometimes skip "Miserable Lie", it's not a fave!

Anyway, have your say! Please!!

Morrissey interview - Thrasher magazine

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 14 Jul 2015, 08:35:52. One comment

Clover Dean Ⓜ️ ‏@MozzeriansATW 22m22 minutes ago
Exclusive interview with #Morrissey is so hot it got leaked online http://goo.gl/enSCiq @thrashermag

http://www.thrashermagazine.com/articles/morrissey-the-thrasher-interview/

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BEFORE MORRISSEY was singing about his girlfriend in a coma or sweet and tender hooligans, he was a young boy growing up in Manchester, England, where he learned about the often harsh realities of humanity, especially in school. Undeterred, he enveloped himself in books and music as a way to cope with the world around him. A serendipitous meeting with Johnny Marr in 1982 would change the course of his life forever when they formed The Smiths, easily one of the most influential bands of all time. The Smiths rose to prominence throughout the ‘80s, but broke up in 1987 after releasing four studio albums, including 1984’s Hatful of Hollow, 1986’s The Queen Is Dead and 1987’s Strangeways, Here We Come. Consequently, Morrissey embarked on a solo career and has never looked back. In a rare interview, Morrissey talks veganism, pop music and why he believes humans destroy everything. —Kyle Eustice

Growing up in Manchester, how did you get your hands on progressive punk music in the ‘70s and ‘80s?
I’m not sure what you mean by progressive punk music, but Manchester was always a great place for record shops and it was second to London as the main city for all emerging bands to play, so I started going to gigs or concerts from the age of 12, and I caught everyone at the right time: T.Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, and then the Ramones first UK visit, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols before they signed a deal and so on. It was very easy for me to see just about everyone, and the only two bands I regret never seeing were Generation X and X Ray Spex. I went to the New York Dolls in 1972, but they didn’t play, and the following year they came to Leeds, but I was still only 13 and Leeds was as close as Mars.

I first heard of The Smiths when I was 14. It was Louder Than Bombs and that album became the soundtrack to my adolescence. What do you think it is about that album that resonates with so many people?
I think it’s a very loving record from start to finish, and although it’s loving, it spares no punches, so as you listen to it you feel you’re in a caring world that just happens to be quite brutal and also completely realistic. It wasn’t rock fantasy and it wasn’t fake, and it spoke directly and it was unmarketable! But it sold very well.
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I saw you at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, after a chance encounter with your bassist at Whole Foods, who put me on the guest list. You seemed to have just as much energy as you did in the ’80s. How do you keep it up after all this time?
I see! So if you hadn’t been put on the guest list you wouldn’t have bothered to go! It’s my life, at the expense of everything and anything else. I am not a performer. I am not an act, and this is not a career.

I read you used to write letters to NME as a youth and now NME describes you as “one of most influential artists ever.” Does that put any pressure on you to perform a certain way? Why or why not?
I’ve never felt any pressure to do anything that might be expected of me, and I’d have no idea how to please the NME or anyone else for that matter. When I was an NME addict it was called the New Musical Express, and from 1970 to 1980 I didn’t miss one single issue, and I really do miss that devotion to a music magazine. I loved it unreservedly.

In your lyrics and musings on human behavior, I get a sense of someone with real insight that started early on in life. As a young boy, what opened your mind to the realities of the human condition?
I had no education and went to two horrific schools, and that really knocks you on the head for the rest of your life because your introduction to the world is mainly an understanding of how violent and unpleasant people are. I didn’t experience one school day where I felt safe, and this scars you forever.

You say in pop music, it’s very rare to find genuine people. I agree. What do you think of mainstream music these days?
There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. We are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels control the charts, and consequently the public have lost interest. It’s rare that a record label does something for the good of music. We are force-fed acts such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity and it all seems to be unsalvageable.
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I loved that you said, “You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals are not us.” What initially caused you to stop eating meat at 11 and what are you doing now to continue supporting the cause?
I accidentally saw some slaughterhouse footage and it struck me as the most evil, disgusting and immoral practice. A few weeks ago, I saw footage of a bull clasped in a circular trap, and as it realized that a saw was very slowly burning through its neck his eyes began to stream with tears. It took three minutes for the head to fall off. I have never seen anything so sad and it constantly confirms how repulsive the human race as a whole are. The earth would be so much better off without humans and I’m not joking. Humans destroy everything.

I’ve seen you in multiple interviews and you are quite funny. I hear that in your lyrics sometimes, for example, in “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.” Are people surprised at all that the man behind songs like “Asleep” is so funny?
It depends how you term funny. Humor is a very personal thing, but I’m thankful that the people who consider me to be depressing are always in themselves very dull, whereas those who understand my humor are always very bright people.

What are the differences between writing lyrics to an album and writing chapters in a book, such as your autobiography?
No difference at all. I’m still as obsessive about vocal melody as I was when I was 14. The singing voice is still, I think, the most sexual and sensual and potent power on earth.

There used to be this idea of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,” but now that cliché seems rather dead. Do you think artists have some kind of social responsibility not to entice the younger generations to drink and use drugs? Addiction is rampant now more so than ever and our culture is vulgar.
It seems to me that the situation has reversed, whereby the bands now strive to stay healthy whereas the music public, especially the very young, dress and look very clichéd rock ‘n’ roll, and with that comes a careless attitude towards drugs. The positives are the rejection of fur and leather and McDonalds and even plastics, all very important no-go zones for the intelligent young people. Then you see someone wearing animal fur and they immediately register as being moronic. So, in amongst the grime, I see lots of good changes, and as soon as animals are off the menu, the world will be a great place.

TTY: Morrissey offered an award

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Sun 12 Jul 2015, 02:41:02. 8 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150711_01

Morrissey offered award
11 July 2015

Morrissey offered award
Trinity College Dublin has offered Morrissey an "outstanding contribution to music award" (his first ever such award) which stands as the University Philosophical Society's Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage.

Morrissey has commented: "My initial reaction is to feel undeserving ... my contribution to music being such that no record label on the planet has either the nerve or the imagination to sign me!"

The University Philosophical Society has recorded the presence of many remarkable members including Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett. Other past recipients of the Gold Medal in their respective fields include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

Photograph by Damon Anacreonte
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July 10 TTY: Hunt the Hunters

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Sat 11 Jul 2015, 05:28:08. 20 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150710_02


Hunt the hunters
10 July 2015

Hunt the hunters

Having nothing better to do, David Cameron is attempting to very slyly abolish the Hunting Act this coming Wednesday. The Hunting Act prohibits animals from being terrorized and chased by packs of hounds across the countryside (and also through towns) to the point of exhaustion and a savage death. The British people overwhelmingly support a full ban on hunting, which is precisely why David Cameron is not allowing the public to have their say (democracy? freedom of speech? not in the UK!), because both he and the Battenbergs would be deprived of their most enjoyable pastime: killing defenceless animals.
The hunters have had enough freedom and enough blood. Their time is over. However a person treats animals is an indication of how they view humans. David Cameron cannot lecture on restricting gun laws in the UK whilst himself shooting anything that moves.

Please send your name in support of upholding the present Hunting Act to Animal Defenders International:

@fleurdawes Twitter

www.ad-international.org

or attempt to reach the unreachable:

David Cameron, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

or send an open letter to:

camerond@parliament.uk

Meanwhile, don't be surprised by a sudden flux of BBC News items highlighting the 'nuisance' and 'danger' of the urban fox. Fox Squeezes Through Letter-box To Eat Grandmother Alive is certain to be a UK newspaper headline before Wednesday. Do not be taken in. Remember the badgers.

thank you
Morrissey
Chicago, 9 July 2015.

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Morrissey Interview: Boulder Weekly

Posted by crashingbore (Members) at Fri 10 Jul 2015, 01:12:23. 7 comments

http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-14665-talk-about-passion.html

Talk about passion
Morrissey's never one to shy away from how he feels... about anything
By Kyle Eustice
Courtesy of WME Agency

"Humor is a very personal thing,” Morrissey said. “But I’m thankful that the people who consider me to be depressing are always in themselves very dull, whereas those who understand my humor are always very bright people.”

Morrissey’s tone and delivery is always a bit tongue-in-cheek, although there is normally a harsh truth in what he is saying. He says things most people only dream of saying in the most pompous way possible, but somehow it’s endearing. Born Patrick Steven Morrissey, The Smiths former frontman grew up in Manchester, England, where he was eventually exposed to the raw punk sounds and glam rock of the ’70s and ’80s.

“Manchester was always a great place for record shops,” Morrissey explained via an email interview. “It was second to London as the main city for all emerging bands to play, so I started going to gigs or concerts from the age of 12. I caught everyone at the right time; T.Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, and then the Ramones first U.K. visit, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols before they signed a deal, and so on. It was very easy for me to see just about everyone.”

At the time, the young Morrissey was obsessed with the British weekly newspaper NME and would often submit letters to the editor to offer his insights on popular music. Little did he know, an impromptu meeting between Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr would change the course of their lives forever, and consequently the lives of millions of others. The Smiths’ music transcended anything ever heard before. Q Magazine’s Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s,” “the most influential British guitar group of the decade” and the “first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms.” Originally comprised of Morrissey, Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, The Smiths were solidified in 1982. Ironically, NME would eventually name Morrissey “one of the most influential artists ever.”

“When I was an NME addict, it was called the New Musical Express,” he explained. “From 1970 to 1980 I didn’t miss one single issue and I really do miss that devotion to a music magazine. I loved it unreservedly.”

Marr and Morrissey proved to be the nucleus of The Smiths. Without their undeniable chemistry, they never would have attained the kind of longevity they have today.

Morrissey’s often-melancholy lyrics have an uncanny ability to tap into the human psyche, young or old. In his musings on human behavior, he often touches on sexual and social confusion, vulnerability, violence, loneliness, power, revenge and concurring feelings of worthlessness and wanting to take over the world. His lyrics are often autobiographical and, most of the time, brutally honest. His acute insight began at a very early age when he discovered his fellow students weren’t exactly kind.

“I had no education and went to two horrific schools,” he said. “That really knocks you on the head for the rest of your life because your introduction to the world is mainly an understanding of how violent and unpleasant people are. I didn’t experience one school day where I felt safe, and this scars you forever.”

Through music, he found his catharsis. The Smiths only released four albums in their short tenure as a band, including 1984’s self-titled debut, 1985’s Meat Is Murder, 1986’s The Queen Is Dead and finally 1987’s Strangeways, Here We Come. The group would break up shortly after. In 1987, their American record label, Sire Records, released Louder Than Bombs, a compilation album of The Smiths’ best work. Rolling Stone named it one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. From the instrumental brilliance of “Oscillate Wildly” and the irreverent “Shoplifters of the World Unite” to the sarcastic “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and the nostalgic feel of “Back to the Old House,” it captured a wide range of emotions.

“I think it’s a very loving record from start to finish, and although it’s loving, it spares no punches,” he said. “So as you listen to it you feel you’re in a caring world that just happens to be quite brutal and also completely realistic. It wasn’t rock fantasy, and it wasn’t fake, and it spoke directly, and it was unmarketable. But it sold very, very well.”

Morrissey’s penchant for genuine expression is a gift often absent in current mainstream pop music. Sentiments uttered in the lyrics often seem contrived and much of it is based on shallow pursuits such as money, fame and sex appeal. Morrissey has never had to try to have sex appeal; it came naturally.

“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing,” he said. “There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.”

In a society lacking boundaries, positive models and a sense of morality, all ethics have seemingly gone out the window, especially in pop culture and mainstream media. However, the idea of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” is a dying concept gasping for air, something the public hasn’t quite grasped yet.

“It seems to me that the situation has reversed,” he said. “The bands now strive to stay healthy whereas the music public, especially the very young, dress and look very clichéd rock ‘n’ roll, and with that comes a careless attitude towards drugs. The positives are the rejection of fur and leather and McDonalds and even plastics, all very important no-go zones for the intelligent young people. Then you see someone wearing animal fur and they immediately register as being moronic. So, in amongst the grime, I see lots of good changes, and as soon as animals are off the menu, the world will be a great place.”

Morrissey has always been a staunch vegetarian and huge proponent for animal rights. In fact, he went vegetarian at the age of 11, when most kids are still playing with their G.I. Joes and oblivious to the process of how meat winds up on their dinner plates. He believes you cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals are not us. He’s so passionate about this cause, no meat is allowed at any venue where he’s performing.

“I accidentally saw some slaughterhouse footage and it struck me as the most evil, disgusting and immoral practice,” he said. “A few weeks ago, I saw footage of a bull clasped in a circular trap, and as it realized that a saw was very slowly burning through its neck his eyes began to stream with tears. It took three minutes for the head to fall off. I have never seen anything so sad and it constantly confirms how repulsive the human race as a whole are. The earth would be so much better off without humans and I’m not joking. Humans destroy everything.”
When Morrissey ascends on the temporarily meat-free Red Rocks Amphitheater July 16, he’ll most likely perform a gamut of songs beginning with The Smiths and culminating with material from his latest solo album, 2014’s World Peace is None of Your Business, but he doesn’t put on a show. To him, it’s about so much more.

“I’m still as obsessive about vocal melody as I was when I was 14,” he said. “The singing voice is still, I think, the most sexual and sensual and potent power on earth. It’s my life, at the expense of everything and anything else. I am not a performer. I am not an act, and this is not a career.”

Discovering The Smiths: Mini-doc on Sky Arts

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Sat 4 Jul 2015, 18:41:24. 7 comments

It's on telly now, looking with admiration at the members, the songs and the influence -

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/discovering-the-smiths

Does Morrissey Have Pets?

Posted by DAVIE (Members) at Fri 3 Jul 2015, 23:09:53. 6 comments

It's occurred to me a few times...Is owning a pet something Morrissey disagrees with? Does he have any of his own?

TTY: Morrissey UK tour dates

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Thu 2 Jul 2015, 23:31:34. 13 comments

Morrissey UK dates
2 July 2015

Morrissey UK dates

Morrissey has confirmed the following shows in the UK:

HULL Arena (Friday 18 September)

LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO (Sunday 20 and Monday 21 September)

Tickets go on sale at 9 AM on Friday 10 July.

Photograph by Damon Anacreonte.

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TTY - Morrissey band 2015

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Wed 1 Jul 2015, 21:13:12. 3 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150701_01

Morrissey band 2015
1 July 2015
Morrissey band 2015

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Left to right
Boz Boorer, Jesse Tobias, Morrissey, Matthew Ira Walker, Mando Lopez, Gustavo Manzur.
Photograph taken by Damon Anacreonte in New York City, June 2015


Madison Square "fantastic!" says Morrissey, "and ... of course ... zero label interest ... a sad sign of the times".

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Photograph by Sam Esty Rayner


Morrissey says "thank you to Blondie, our new friends".

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Photographer unknown.


Almost one year on since Steve Barnett (Capitol Records) axed World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey confirms that no record label is willing to re-issue the album. "The curse of Harvest Records" is Morrissey's conclusion.

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Morrissey is overwhelmed by bids for the Sydney drum head in aid of Gentle Barn.

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TTY: Nashville

Posted by crashingbore (Members) at Sat 27 Jun 2015, 18:30:21. 2 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150626_01

"26 June 2015

Nashville

Morrissey's concert in Nashville on Thursday, July 2, at the Grand Ole Opry House is being moved to Friday, July 3, at the Ryman Auditorium."

(Me: Here's hoping American Airlines will change my flight home!)

TTY: Morrissey donates drum head to benefit the Gentle Barn

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Sat 20 Jun 2015, 17:31:34. 10 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150620_01

Morrissey donates drum head inscribed with handwritten message to be auctioned to benefit the Gentle Barn
20 June 2015

Morrissey donates drum head inscribed with handwritten message to be auctioned to benefit the Gentle Barn

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Morrissey has donated a drum head inscribed with a handwritten message to be auctioned to benefit the Gentle Barn, a farmed animal sanctuary in California.

The drum head (pictured above) is from Morrissey's sold-out four-night residency at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in May 2015. The drum head is inscribed with a message that Morrissey has handwritten in black permanent marker ink around a central image of Bruce Lee.

The full amount of the winning bid in the auction will go to the Gentle Barn to support the sanctuary's work rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals, and teaching people kindness and compassion.

The proceeds from the auction will be given to the Gentle Barn in the name of Mercy, a sanctuary resident who was rescued four years ago as a young calf from a dairy industry factory farm.

To bid on the drum head, please log in or register at true-to-you.net, and then fill in and submit the Auction Bid form at the following web address.

http://true-to-you.net/auction_bid

Please include your True To You username, your real name, your email address, and the amount of your bid in US dollars. You may bid as many times as you wish.

After your initial bid is received, you will be notified of your bidder number.

Please check this page, which will be updated regularly with the bidder number of the current highest bidder and the amount of the current highest bid.

The auction will run until 9:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 4 July 2015.

The bidder who has the highest bid at 9:59 a.m. EDT on 4 July will win.

Upon receipt of payment of the winning bid, the drum head will be shipped to the winning bidder. The drum head will be shipped free of charge anywhere in the world.

Current highest bidder: 615

Current highest bid: $1,000.00

Half a Person in Salford, TOMORROW!

Posted by Half a Person (Members) at Fri 19 Jun 2015, 09:10:14. One comment

Cross Cut finishes its spring tour with HALF A PERSON: MY LIFE AS TOLD BY THE SMITHS in The Smiths' home town, Salford, where there will be two performances in The Kings Arms on Saturday, June 20. The last time the show was in Salford, it sold out the studio at The Lowry and almost sold out the extra show put on to cope with demand.

Half a Person is an emotionally charged, coming-of-age story, blending wry comedy and the music of a beloved cult band, sung live.
Meet William, a twenty-something Londoner who drifts from coffee shop to bar, falling in love, self-obsessing and finding solace in The Smiths.
Torn between conflicting loyalties to the girl of his dreams and his best friend, William has the chance to become more than half a person.

See the trailer at https://vimeo.com/86038100
Company details at crosscuttheatre.com

'Frankly, if you don’t find anything to like about Half A Person, you must be more miserable than Morrissey!' ★★★★Everything Theatre

‘Half a Person is a wonderful, touching and funny show, and the songs are beautifully and lovingly performed’ Fringe Biscuit

‘This is a poetic play full of beauty showing the uneasiness of a ... young man undergoing the kind of angst that the Smiths songs represent. ... This is a story of true love with sadness and black humour told brilliantly by Joe Presley’. ★★★★★Remotegoat.com

‘Presley’s comic timing is spot-on’. The Sunday Times

‘Presley delivers the songs with unimpeachable clarity’ The Stage

‘A performance of understated and effortless intensity’. Quotidian Times

TTY: Morrissey on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 16 Jun 2015, 21:33:45. 19 comments

Morrissey on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
16 June 2015

Morrissey on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Morrissey will appear on the episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that will air on June 25, 2015, at 11:34 p.m. Morrissey will play 'Kiss me a lot'.

Morrissey interview: Huff Post

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Tue 16 Jun 2015, 04:18:48. 4 comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/15/morrissey-animals_n_7588034.html?1434399073

Morrissey Says 'The Only Perfect World For Animals Is A World Without Humans'

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Morrissey thinks you are an evil pest, but don't take it personally. He thinks all humans are evil pests, and "the only perfect world for animals is a world without humans."

"If humans disappeared tomorrow, the world would thrive and prosper," he wrote to The Huffington Post in an email. "Humans destroy everything, and for the most part they actively enjoy torturing animals."

"The fact that the slaughterhouse or abattoir exists is the most obvious example of human evil," he continued, explaining why he has used his platform to be a voice for animal rights. (Note: Abattoir is a fancy/Morrissey-esque word for "slaughterhouse.")

Morrissey has been speaking out on the issue for over 30 years, if you count the February 1985 release of "Meat Is Murder" as the debut of his activism. He's continued to spread awareness through his music and a number of collaborations with PETA.

"The slaughterhouse is the dead end for humanity, and as long as it exists we can't possibly have any hope for the human race," he said. "If you've seen abattoir footage then you cannot possibly think that humans are anything other than evil pests."

Of course, this is not the most radical thing Morrissey has said in regard to the cause. In January of last year, he participated in a Q&A on the fan site True To You, inciting backlash when he compared eating meat to pedophilia. "They are both rape, violence, murder," he said.

Now, before you, evil human pest, accuse dear Morrissey of ranting, know that you would be wrong. "If your views threaten any form of establishment interests, you are usually ignored or silenced or said to be 'ranting,'" he told HuffPost. "I have never ranted in my life."

The Huffington Post will run a longer interview with Morrissey after his June 27 show at Madison Square Garden. If you're a fan looking to share why you love Moz or what his impact has been on you, please contact Lauren Duca at lauren.duca@huffingtonpost.com.

Limited-edition vinyl pressings: ​Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall And I

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Fri 12 Jun 2015, 13:42:08. 2 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150608_01

Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall And I: Limited-edition vinyl pressings to be available in the UK on 20 June
8 June 2015

​Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall And I: Limited-edition vinyl pressings to be available in the UK on 20 June

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HMV have announced exclusive limited-edition vinyl pressings of Morrissey's Viva Hate, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall And I. Five hundred copies of each album, pressed on gold vinyl, will be available at HMV stores in the UK on 20 June.

Morrissey interview in Alternative Nation

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Wed 10 Jun 2015, 06:36:21. 20 comments

http://www.alternativenation.net/interview-morrissey-says-obama-seems-white-inside-talks-brandon-flowers-stalking-him/

Interview: Morrissey Says Obama ‘Seems White Inside,’ Talks Brandon Flowers Stalking Him

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Though he requires no introduction, Morrissey is one of the rock realm’s most influential figures of the past three decades, whether it be through his timeless four record run as The Smiths’ frontman, sprawling ten record solo career, or his continued involvement in political and social activism, vanguarded by his passionately strong belief that “meat is murder” and championing of the vegan lifestyle.

Here is our conversation with the legendary former Smiths frontman himself, one of our biggest interviews to date and kicking off ‘Morrissey Week’ on Alternative Nation. Morrissey, about to embark on a U.S. tour, touches on the various facets of his solo career and activism, updates his stance on Hillary Clinton and her 2016 bid for presidency, and recounts a humorous story in which Brandon Flowers from The Killers stalked him at a hotel years back.


Interview in next post. :)

Half a Person @ Brighton Fringe May 26-28

Posted by Half a Person (Members) at Mon 25 May 2015, 15:33:36. 0 comments

An emotionally charged, coming-of-age story, blending wry comedy and the music of a beloved cult band, sung live.
Meet William, a twenty-something Londoner who drifts from coffee shop to bar, falling in love, self-obsessing and finding solace in The Smiths.
Torn between conflicting loyalties to the girl of his dreams and his best friend, William has the chance to become more than half a person.
Prior to Brighton, HALF A PERSON has been ‘tried out’ in various venues around the UK including a sell–out performance at The Lowry, in The Smiths’ hometown, Salford.


See the trailer at https://vimeo.com/86038100

Frankly, if you don’t find anything to like about Half A Person, you must be more miserable than Morrissey! ★★★★Everything Theatre

‘Half a Person is a wonderful, touching and funny show, and the songs are beautifully and lovingly performed’ Fringe Biscuit

‘This is a poetic play full of beauty showing the uneasiness of a ... young man undergoing the kind of angst that the Smiths songs represent. ... This is a story of true love with sadness and black humour told brilliantly by Joe Presley’. ★★★★★Remotegoat.com

‘Presley’s comic timing is spot-on’. The Sunday Times

‘Presley delivers the songs with unimpeachable clarity’ The Stage

‘A performance of understated and effortless intensity’. Quotidian Times

The Warren Theatre Box
Tuesday 26 May at 8 pm
Wednesday May 27 at 8pm
Thursday May 28 at 8pm
Tickets £10.00 (8.50)
www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk
Box office: 01273987516
Cross Cut Theatre
 

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