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The end is nigh...

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 19 Jan 2017, 21:25:35. 2 comments

The end is nigh...

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Photomontage by Sam Esty Rayner, Post on True to You 19/01/17

OK GO cover Morrissey

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 19 Jan 2017, 21:00:37. 2 comments

A band I have championed on this here very website a number of times have only just gone and covered our man!!!

Told you they were great (this cover isn't the best, but they must be forgiven as their heart was in the right place! Check out OK Go if you haven't already!


Pieces of Morrissey

Posted by MMozzer (Members) at Sun 8 Jan 2017, 12:44:07. 2 comments

Pieces of Morrissey

Pieces of Morrissey
Adventures With The Moz Army
Author: Matthew Jacobson


Morrissey is a cult.

But what drives fans' devotion? What makes them trek halfway round the world to catch his shows in the US or South America when he is playing in their city a few months later? Why do they fight over pieces of his shirt, thrown each night into the crowd?

Is this healthy? Should they seek help? Is Moz messianic or does he calculatedly whip the mob into a frenzy to maintain his status? And what of Morrissey's own adolescence and his obsessions with 50s rock 'n' rollers and stars such as Bowie and Patti Smith?

Morrissey devotee (and proud owner of an intact Moz shirt) Matt Jacobson examines his own obsession and that of his fellow fans to discover the lengths some will go to, to catch sight of their demi-god.

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The Importance of Looking Earnest...

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 5 Jan 2017, 09:46:12. 6 comments

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Morrissey, clasped-hands centre, aged 4, at the marriage of Dorothy to Liam.
St Wilfrid's Church in Hulme, Manchester.

Courtesy of True To You, post entitled Photograph.

Morrissey in Glasgow?

Posted by oliver (Members) at Fri 30 Dec 2016, 22:34:17. 5 comments

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=8825&catId=1

The Admiral will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party entitled “Moo Year” in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday night. The event is organized by several Scottish animal-rights groups including Save Movement Scotland, Earthlings Experience Scotland, and Go Vegan Scotland. Along with a vegan menu, the event will also feature a performance by outspoken animal-rights activist/ singer Morrissey. Event organizer—and founder of newly launched vegan social media platform Bohemian Hippy—Lynn Jolly said the night will be memorable. “Glasgow is renowned for being the nation's vegan capital,” Jolly said, “so we couldn’t ask for a better setting, and The Admiral has very kindly given us the venue for free in a strong show of support.” Funds raised at the event will go toward paying for Australian vegan activist James Aspey’s travel expenses during his visit to Scotland, wherein he will host lectures and workshops across the country.


I wonder what they mean by "the event will also feature a performance by outspoken animal-rights activist/ singer Morrissey"

Morrissey sends season's greetings/warnings TTY

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Sat 24 Dec 2016, 20:48:08. 6 comments

24 December 2016

MORRY CHRISTMAS FROM MERRISSEY, 2016


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Morrissey has commented:

"Christmas is a time for extreme violence and bad-will to millions of innocent and defenceless birds and animals who do not want to die, but who will be gleefully slaughtered by the human race - the most stupid and selfish and destructive species on the planet."

Xmoz Photographs by Sam Esty Rayner.

- - http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_161224_01

True To You

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Fri 9 Dec 2016, 07:34:39. 12 comments

From True to You:

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_161209_01

100 Years
9 December 2016

100 Years
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"A very happy 100th birthday wish to the best of the best, Kirk Douglas,
... too good for Hollywood ..."

Morrissey
9 December 2016.

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http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_161206_01

​Van Williams (​1934-2016)
6 December 2016

Van Williams (​1934-2016)
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​​art: Sam Esty Rayner.

There Is A Light That Now Goes Out.

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Mon 5 Dec 2016, 22:20:47. 5 comments

Goinghome kindly pointed out that Crashingbore posted the following in the Tours thread..

3 December 2016

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NOW GOES OUT

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The band, the crew and I are heartbroken to hear that the final six shows of our triumphant tour will be 'pulled down'.
The shock and sadness that we all feel - for ourselves, and for our devoted friends in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, has left us in unrecoverable despair.

The 28 shows played on this tour have been outstanding triumphs as yet another year strengthens and solidifies our positions around the world.

Since our Bergen date at the start of August, the finances for this tour have exclusively been controlled by 360 Management of Willoughby Avenue in West Hollywood. Each date booked would make enough money to pay its way.
When Gustavo collapsed at the Boulder show, 360 Management responded with the announcement that all funds had suddenly evaporated. There was apparently not even enough money to transport the touring party to the next scheduled city, and 360 Management faded out as quickly as they had faded in.

Incontestably, the Morrissey Band is the best in the world. We have been repeatedly done over in recent years by slippery industry incompetents, yet we have always recovered our stride and bounced back like the sea - saving ourselves from those who wish us off the map. We are a disciplined ship and we succeed without any help from the music industry. We continue to live with the optical device of an industry where only scale and enormity of cash is seen as evidence of talent; where the public is thought ready to swallow anything as long as it is done with the punch of five million dollars. The results appear to be continually elaborate comic-strip dumbshows that do not even matter to those directly involved. The true artists must look after themselves whilst the artificially aroused are aided and assisted to the highest ranks without a shred of effort, and the result is ... a nest of horrors. And on it goes.


This year, the mobilized strength of our ragingly loyal audiences were most appreciated, by me, at:

1. Philadelphia, USA.
2. Brooklyn, USA.
3. Hong Kong, CHINA.
4. Adelaide, AUSTRALIA.
5. Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
6. Santa Barbara, USA.
7. Helsinki, FINLAND.
8. Manchester, ENGLAND.
9. Goteborg, SWEDEN.
10. Chicago, USA.
11. Newcastle, AUSTRALIA.
12. Berlin, GERMANY.
13. Salt Lake City, USA.
14. Tokyo, JAPAN (first night).
15. Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL.

... for which no words could ever express the volcanic love and joy found and shared.
We felt much sadness for our audiences at both Jakarta and Singapore City who struggled with appalling venues - venues which, in fact, were not really venues at all ... just roped-off bits of waterlogged fields. In dismal circumstances our friends in both cities gave us their best, and we shall never forget them. We expect no further chances in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio ... nights destroyed by the ephemeral damagers ... who do their worst ... and slip away.

I can only stress my sincere thanks once again to YOU for giving the band, the crew and I a phenomenal year - scarred at the end, but drenched in beauty until then.

I will see you in extremely far-off places.

MORRISSEY
3 December 2016.

United King-dumb

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Fri 2 Dec 2016, 09:37:27. 7 comments

UNITED KING-DUMB

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If it had been revealed by the Bank of England that the new British Five Pound note contained slices of cat or dog, the country would be in an uproar. But because we have been trained to accept the vicious slaughter of cows, sheep and pigs, the UK media can only make light of the use of tallow in the new British fiver because animal slaughter is thought to be outside of the human grasp and concern. However, whether you care about animals or not, the use of their sliced bodies in the new five pound note evokes a mood and a vibration that displays a gaping hole in human intelligence and in the human race as a compassionate idea. It also tells us that the Bank Of England has no understanding of doing anything in our time that revives the human image from basic savagery. If you feel that the use of animal flesh should not be a moral issue, then you should assert your conviction by donating your own body to the Bank Of England for decorative use in future five pound notes.

MORRISSEY

True to You Post: San Antonio

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Thu 1 Dec 2016, 01:40:53. 2 comments


San Antonio

30 November 2016

San Antonio

Morrissey's new date at San Antonio's Majestic Theater sold out in less than 15 minutes.

30 November 2016

New Smiths Single to be Released

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Wed 30 Nov 2016, 11:18:00. 8 comments

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Warner UK will release a previously unissued version of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side as a physical 45. The sleeve, above, is by Morrissey, with layout by Darren Evans at Warner UK. The B-side is a previously unissued version of Rubber Ring.
The sleeve image is Salford actor Albert Finney.
Details of availability of the record will follow shortly.

Fac 151 Gmex 1986

Posted by HIPSTERDISCO (Members) at Tue 29 Nov 2016, 17:14:31. 3 comments

Possibly the best live Smiths audio..... Ever radiatinglove



P:S New Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCszIIUDB8zqRobGnpDYjbAg

Boulder (TTY: Gustavo's condition)

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Tue 15 Nov 2016, 21:00:04. 15 comments

15 November 2016

Boulder

Gustavo Manzur collapsed and was hospitalized two hours before the band were due on stage at Boulder in Colorado. Morrissey made an on stage announcement and the sell-out crowd were greatly understanding and supportive. Gustavo is recuperating today. Doctors have advised one week of rest.
Gustavo and the band are determined to make the shows at Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago.
Photograph below is by Mando Lopez.

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Please see the Boulder thread for further information and pictures.

Morrissey Band Busy at Rehersals

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Fri 11 Nov 2016, 19:35:44. One comment

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Photograph taken in Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
From left to right:
Gustavo Manzur, Matthew Ira Walker, Jesse Tobias, a trapped deer, Boz Boorer, Mando Lopez.

Courtesy of True-to-You

Grafftii today in New York City

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Fri 11 Nov 2016, 10:56:39. 5 comments

Goinghome has pointed our attention to this post over at True to You.

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Teenage Morrissey & Jacqueline

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Fri 4 Nov 2016, 12:19:34. 5 comments


4 November 2016

Very Rare Photographs

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These are very rare photographs of Jacqueline Morrissey and Steven Patrick Morrissey in one of the bedrooms at 384 Kings Road, Stretford, Manchester in 1977.
They are surrounded by LP records by Patti Smith, Blondie, New York Dolls, Iggy & The Stooges, Ramones and Lou Reed.
Morrissey would be 17 years old at the time of these photographs.

- http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_161104_01

Morrissey & Marr agreed to reform The Smiths in 2008

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Sun 30 Oct 2016, 19:36:34. 35 comments

Goinghome has pointed us to an article that reveals how Morrissey and Marr agreed to reform The Smiths, with a new drummer, back in 2008...

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Johnny Marr has revealed that he and Morrissey discussed the reforming the Smiths during a meeting in 2008 – and for a brief period it was a “very real prospect”.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming autobiography, Set the Boy Free, published in the Guardian, the guitarist recounts a conversation he had with the Smiths singer in a pub in south Manchester – the first time the pair had been together in a decade.

“We chatted, as we always did, about the records we loved, and eventually we moved on to ‘that subject,’” Marr writes. “There had been rumours for years that the Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer.

“Suddenly we were talking about the possibility of the band re-forming, and in that moment it seemed that with the right intention it could actually be done and might even be great.”

Speaking to the Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone, Marr reveals that the conversation about re-forming “came out of the blue”.

“I didn’t go there with that in mind,” he says. “But there had been quite a few rumours about it, so naturally we discussed it. ‘It could happen…’ ‘How d’you feel about it?’ ‘What if?’ And off we went.”

In his memoir Marr writes: “For four days it was a very real prospect. We would have to get someone new on drums, but if the Smiths wanted to re-form it would make a hell of a lot of people very happy, and with all our experience we might even be better than before.”


However, communication between the two quickly fizzled out, and Marr is now downbeat on the prospect of the Smiths ever reuniting, telling the Guardian his friendship with Morrissey as “run its course”.

The Smiths, who had nine Top 20 hits in the 1980s and are often credited with ‘inventing’ indie music, featured Andy Rourke on bass and Mike Joyce on drums, alongside songwriters Morrissey and Marr.

The band split in 1987, and in 1996 Joyce successfully sued Morrissey and Marr for a greater share of band royalties.






From Johnny Marrs upcoming autobiography.

Johnny also talks quite intimately about his intense love of, and for, Morrissey...and how being guitarist, sound engineer, composer and manager were just too much for him aged just 23!
But you can really feel his intense love for Morrissey, it really jumps off the page and grabs you!


Reggie

New Interview - Faster Louder 21 Oct 2016

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Fri 21 Oct 2016, 17:31:04. 4 comments

http://fasterlouder.junkee.com/morrissey-interview-australia-2016/867813


Music
Cakes, Brexit, and country music: We chat with Morrissey
By Lachlan Kanoniuk 21 October 2016

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Thirty-five years into his musical existence – 28 of which as a solo performer – Morrissey is a lot of things to a lot of people. Icon. Poet. Pin-up. Author. Provocateur. Wordsmith. Dude who wrote the Charmed theme song. Hard to define, impossible to ignore. But what is Morrissey to Morrissey?

It’s established that Morrissey is someone who operates on their own terms. His insistence that venues, and festivals, be meat-free when he performs – as they will be during his imminent Australian tour – is well-documented. As is his adamant stance that The Smiths, a band decommissioned from action three decades ago with nary a sign of resuscitation since, will never reunite – despite insurmountable demand from fans and promoters.

Recent years have seen Morrissey release the largely well-received (but not entirely) studio album World Peace Is None Of Your Business, which saw release in spite of a tumultuous turn with label Harvest Records. He also penned a widely derided fiction novel in List Of The Lost. Morrissey crusades on. Morrissey is Morrissey, even when confronted with mortality.

As he touches down in Australia, we sent Morrissey a range of questions. He dutifully responded. Enjoy.


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Cakes, Brexit, and country music: We chat with Morrissey
By Lachlan Kanoniuk 21 October 2016
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Thirty-five years into his musical existence – 28 of which as a solo performer – Morrissey is a lot of things to a lot of people. Icon. Poet. Pin-up. Author. Provocateur. Wordsmith. Dude who wrote the Charmed theme song. Hard to define, impossible to ignore. But what is Morrissey to Morrissey?

It’s established that Morrissey is someone who operates on their own terms. His insistence that venues, and festivals, be meat-free when he performs – as they will be during his imminent Australian tour – is well-documented. As is his adamant stance that The Smiths, a band decommissioned from action three decades ago with nary a sign of resuscitation since, will never reunite – despite insurmountable demand from fans and promoters.

Recent years have seen Morrissey release the largely well-received (but not entirely) studio album World Peace Is None Of Your Business, which saw release in spite of a tumultuous turn with label Harvest Records. He also penned a widely derided fiction novel in List Of The Lost. Morrissey crusades on. Morrissey is Morrissey, even when confronted with mortality.

As he touches down in Australia, we sent Morrissey a range of questions. He dutifully responded. Enjoy.


FL: You’ve performed a brilliant interpretation of ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’, faithful to the original. How do you perceive your relationship with country music?
Morrissey: Intimate! I love the dramatics of Hank Snow – ‘There’s A Little Box of Pine On The 7:29’ – or Tammy Wynette singing “I’ll just keep on falling in love till I get it right”. But this all harks back to an era when songs had to be “about something” or say something, whereas now modern radio is radioactive seepage or idiot laughter.

Morrissey-ARE YOU SURE HANK DONE IT THIS WAY(Waylon Jennings)-Live-Visalia Fox Theatre, Aug 29, 2015




FL: You’ve performed a brilliant interpretation of ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’, faithful to the original. How do you perceive your relationship with country music?
Morrissey: Intimate! I love the dramatics of Hank Snow – ‘There’s A Little Box of Pine On The 7:29’ – or Tammy Wynette singing “I’ll just keep on falling in love till I get it right”. But this all harks back to an era when songs had to be “about something” or say something, whereas now modern radio is radioactive seepage or idiot laughter.

Do you still have to fight for freedom in terms of your decisions as an artist and as a touring performer?
Not really because the music industry has nothing to do with me, nor I with it. On a touring level I can cast my net as I wish to a healthy degree, but of course it’s important when to know where to close the curtain.


Following on from that, is it tiring to fight to uphold the meat-free policy of the venues on your tour? I once tried to hold a strictly vegetarian birthday party, but my mum was adamant meat would be served and I had to concede.
It is liberating but never, ever tiring. These recent years have seen an enormous swing in favour of change and suddenly everyone wants to know about the vegan lifestyle. At the major festivals in the UK the queues are lengthy for the vegetarian outlets, yet minuscule for the flesh food. The killers have had their day.

How does the current Brexit political climate compare to that of the ‘80s? Do you feel progress is being made, or does a sense of hopelessness pervade?
The British political class has never quite been so hopeless, but the same can be said for the USA. What has happened is that news media can no longer attach any nobility to old-style politics because although politicians do not and cannot change, the people the world over have changed. What could be more grotesquely stupid than the Clinton-Trump coverage? As for Brexit, the result was magnificent, but it is not accepted by the BBC or Sky News because they object to a public that cannot be hypnotised by BBC or Sky nonsense. These news teams are exactly the same as Fox and CNN in that they all depend on public stupidity in order to create their own myth of reality. Watch them at your peril!

Is performing music a thrill for you? Do you enjoy thrill-seeking activities?
It was always somehow inevitable even though I didn’t seek any glamor and I didn’t imagine myself to be an object of anyone’s desires, but most of the things of interest to me were not being said in pop music, so this is why I felt I needed to say them.

Meat-free food technology has evolved to allow a tremendous amount of options for vegetarian meals – do you ever indulge in meals as vice?
Do you mean… as in cakes? Well, I have dangerously low sugar-levels and virtually zero salt levels so I’m encouraged by my doctor to go mad and attack as many desserts as possible. Strange advice, I suppose.

What is your biggest fear?
As Oscar Wilde said: “It is what we fear that happens to us”.

Do you foresee your legacy? While The Smiths were a relatively brief part of your life, it will likely be a large part of your legacy, does that sit right with you?
I’ve taken the position of serious analyst on this issue for quite some years and I now think that The Smiths are listed as, for example, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, because people generally think that The Smiths also covers Morrissey – which it doesn’t. Consequently we have PJ Harvey as a Hall Of Fame nominee yet it can’t be argued that she has ever meant more than Morrissey in the USA, and needless to say I have never been a nominee.

Not to frivolously conflate mortality and artistry – but do you see yourself as a survivor, both in health and as a musician with a long career?
I think it’s already happened if anyone took the trouble to chart my personal journey since The Smiths ended. But few do. Factually, I would trade the entire Smiths catalogue for World Peace Is None Of Your Business, but it’s also true that you are continually seen as however you were when you first appeared. That’s life. That’s death!


Morrissey 2016 Australian tour
Saturday October 22 – Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday October 26 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Friday October 28 – Royal Theatre, Canberra ACT
Saturday October 29 – WIN Centre, Wollongong NSW
Monday October 31 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
 

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