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Does Morrissey Have Pets?

Posted by DAVIE (Members) at Yesterday, 11:09 PM. One comment

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. 6 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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Photographer unknown.


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

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Photographer unknown.

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. 7 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

TTY: Congratulations to Ireland

Posted by justme (Members) at Sun 24 May 2015, 02:04:40. 9 comments


http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150524_01

I would like to congratulate the lovely Irish people as well :thumbs

Happy Birthday Morrissey!♥

Posted by JoanOfArc (Members) at Thu 21 May 2015, 22:59:08. 7 comments

:love :love :love Happy Birthday Morrissey!!! :love :love :love
Have a beautiful day!!!♥♥♥ Love and kisses radiatinglove cakencandle cakencandle

TTY: Harry The Hero is Dennis The Menace

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Mon 18 May 2015, 21:19:18. 9 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150518_01


Harry The Hero is Dennis The Menace
18 May 2015

Harry The Hero is Dennis The Menace

As I very gratefully arrive in the magnificent city of Sydney, my spirits are almost beaten down by the array of newspapers from New Zealand whose headlines announce HARRY THE HERO, as photographs show he who is known as Prince Harry laughing as he sits atop a heavily roped crocodile that 'Harry the hero' has apparently physically beaten into a convulsive state. The drearily predictable press assures us that such violence is heroic, and that the crocodile will "probably be killed". If the crocodile has nesting offspring, the offspring too will die, about which 'heroic' Harry has nothing to say even though he has disingenuously affixed his name to "wildlife" preservation societies! Although in the United Kingdom it is now almost a crime to express an honest and intelligent opinion, it is certainly a truth that respectable people view Harry as a vile and ignoble symbol of stupidity with no possibility of development.
Clarence House itself invented the comic vanity of the 'Harry The Hero' tag, and although it does not ever prove itself to have any precision of meaning, it is aimed to control thought on a mass scale. Evidently it has worked in New Zealand! However, any leisurely gaze beyond establishment interests will see a fully-grown man eternally floundering in absolute stupidity, and if New Zealand were so impressed then their absolute adoption of Harry would lift a colossal burden from the modern British spirit.
Will no one rid us of this turbulent pest? New Zealand, please take him – he's all yours.

social justice for animals,
Morrissey
18 May 2015
Sydney, Australia.

TTY - Charles: the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Sat 16 May 2015, 04:38:43. 9 comments

Charles: the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible
15 May 2015

Charles: the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible

The power elite usually defines an anarchist as a law-breaking radical from the lower orders. Interestingly, the most anarchic and non-cohesive behavior in modern Britain comes from the inner circle of the power elite, those too ennobled to bother about law; the case of Lord Janner, Leon Brittan, Harry Battenberg allegedly killing endangered hen harriers just for fun (predictably no charge brought against him, and so on - you know the drill). This week it was revealed that Charles Battenberg (you are ordered to call him Prince Charles, for he comes from a self-elected monarchy to whom the British people have never consented) has endorsed the 'culling' (meaning 'killing') of badgers, as he commented to Tony Blair:

I, for one, cannot understand how the 'badger lobby' seem to mind not at all about the slaughter of thousands of expensive cattle, and yet object to a managed cull of an over-population of badgers.

Charles, please understand this: there are very many gentle and considerate people who consider your own family to be over-populated. Would you therefore endorse a similar 'cull'? After all, badgers do not take two hundred million pounds per year from the British people - as your family does. If Britain were democratic, the great unheard herd might be allowed their say on the matter. However, in the United Kingdom the real truth persistently battles against the permitted truth. And this is how we live.

What the comments of Charles reveal (yet again) is that the Battenbergs are not England, and in fact know nothing about it, and neither does Charles have the intelligence to understand that all beings suffer equally, whether they be badgers or humans.

The concern from intelligent beings on the issue of cattle slaughter is immense and global, and animal rights have become the major social justice issue on the planet. The meat industry is a global disaster and is absolutely responsible for global warming. Methane from cattle belches is destroying the ozone layer, whilst drugs to keep chickens and other animals alive in crowded conditions have inflicted humans with new and powerful diseases (bird flu, swine flu, Mad Farmer's Disease, etc); the rain forest is being destroyed a mile a minute to raise cattle for meat production, and the aquifers are being sucked dry by cattle ranching. Top soil is depleted to grow crops inefficiently in order to feed "livestock", and ground water is contaminated from pig and chicken farming. Although meat production is the main cause of climate change, very mysteriously this had no mention in any key note speeches for the recent UK elections! This is because the people with vested interests in animal slaughter are very wealthy, and any public knowledge of the disaster mechanics of factory-farming threatens the economic dependency of the elite.
This is why Charles supports killing badgers - because badgers allegedly limit the farmer's capacity to make even more money, and in the world of Charles, money matters more than compassion. The world has exploded with new discoveries for healthy eating, yet we have never seen a TV commercial that is anti-dairy. The new slogan for McDonalds is "we don't give a fork" - and never were words more truthfully revealed. The biggest threat to the survival of this planet is the meat industry. Meat is more dangerous for humans than tobacco. CO2, methane and nitrous oxide caused from "livestock" are rapidly killing our waterways. No country has yet developed a weapon of mass destruction so lethal to the planet as the meat industry. Yet zero meat is required for a healthy diet, and two billion beings are savagely ripped limb from limb every single week in torture chambers far worse than anything devised by the Nazis. For Charles, this isn't enough - he wants more carnage - get the badgers ... guns! guns! kill! kill! There just cannot be enough guns and bloodshed for the Battenberg household. Being in possession of firearms is thought to be quaintly traditional should your name be William or Harry, but not if you live in reduced circumstances in Brixton where such possession will clank you in prison as the dividing line drops deeper by the day. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock are 50% higher than emissions from all combined forms of transport! Yet never once a TV commercial for a vegan product! There are over 600 million vegetarians in the world!
Whilst the British media wonder why the public has become so overwhelmingly unconvinced by British politics, they are unable to penetrate the question: having survived Thatcher and Blair and politicians' expenses scandals and the self-serving waywardness of the Crown Prosecution Service, for what reasons would any of us ever again believe? It is the British establishment that is anarchic, lawless, unruly and destructive, and each time you vote you support the process.

On his first day of his new term back at school, David Cameron said that he will implement all of the Conservative Party Manifesto, which includes giving Parliament the opportunity to repeal the fox-hunting bill. More guns! More killing! And yet we are asked to feel appalled at gun-gangs in Camberwell. But what's the difference? This is the face of modern Britain, and although David Cameron announces war on benefit scroungers (by which he means poor people), he is not at all unhappy about the latest Palace birth - which is yet another burden on the taxpayer. But while we expect nothing at all from the Battenbergs (they are intellectually incapable), the meat industry is very obviously a crime against humanity, and one of unimaginable terror, and the fact that it is protected so aggressively by the British power elite is an indication of its evil. The fact that Charles can only refer to cattle in terms of their market value is further proof that the UK establishment of 2015 is remote, cruel and obsolete. The only key to a caring society is extending care to all beings. Meat shits on the world. Buy a hamburger and support climate change.

Charles, you're out of time. Relieve Britain of your abysmal family and please, I beg of you, quietly resign.

Morrissey
14 May 2015.

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150515_01

Morrissey fans suffer house fire shock

Posted by Reggie Peppery (Members) at Fri 15 May 2015, 21:16:35. 10 comments

Hi,

I wanted o let folks know that Grim and G.U. have just suffered a massive house fire, nobody was hurt thankfully! But sadly Buster their lovely dog, and the cats died :-(
Both are well known in the Morrissey and wider community, Grim is probably best known as a particularly serious Morrissey record collector, I believe all his collection was lost. Both are really genuine people, I know at least some people on this site have enjoyed their hospitality, as I have.

Their is a website set up by The Spartans, who he volunteers for, should wish to donate,


https://www.justgiving.com/Fund-For-Grim

Wishing them both all the very best!!!

Reggie

PS seen on solo that profits from the next charity night at Strangeways in Glasgow will be donated...if anybody fancies going.
Mike Joyce has donated and tweeted too.

Hopefully one of Morrissey's people will see this as they will have lost all their signed and treasured posters and maybe get something to them?

New article about Moz in The Australian

Posted by mammaof3 (Mods) at Fri 15 May 2015, 18:50:52. 7 comments

http://m.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/morrissey-heads-to-sydneys-vivid-but-dont-ask-about-the-smiths/story-fn9n8gph-1227356142292

Morrissey heads to Sydney’s Vivid but don’t ask about the Smiths
Iain Shedden
THE AUSTRALIAN
MAY 16, 2015 12:00AM


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Morrissey: ‘I’m very proud of the lyrics to The World is Full of Crashing Bores.’

It will come as a surprise to some, but Morrissey would like to hang out at the beach when he arrives in Australia in a week or so. It’s not going to happen, though. The price, he says, would be too great for someone whose relationship with the media is largely a one-sided affair.

“I’d love to go on the beaches in Sydney,” he says, “but in this iPhone-obsessed world I’d be unflatteringly snapped and be turned into an obese spectacle in British newspapers — Heaven Knows He’s Really Fat Now — that type of cleverness. So I tend to stay inside and wait for someone to invite me out for a candlelit dinner, which happens approximately once every 17 years, so I can’t complain.”

And there, in just a few sentences, you have the quintessential Steven Patrick Morrissey, spouting caustic wit with a dollop of faux romance, offset by the merest hint of narcissism and wistfulness. Set to music and repeat every three or four years.
Not one to hold back with his views on anything, the Mancunian singer, songwriter and author explains his volatile relationship with the press with more humour than restraint. “I’ve never been typical and I’m not servile,” he says, “and this makes me far too difficult for the media to bother with. I’m repeatedly asked to justify myself, but that’s OK, even if the very liberal tolerance afforded to pop artists with nothing to offer. Ed Sheeran, for example, is deeply annoying. I think the media will attack you because they’re convinced you can take it on the chin. I’m generally assumed to be ­aggressive even though I am quite the opposite, although, yes, I certainly have a chin. I can’t deny that.”

In case it matters, Morrissey, who will be 56 next Friday, has enjoyed his time in Australia in the past, he says, not least the concerts that earned plaudits when he toured briefly in 2012. This time he’s here to perform over four nights at Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Live festival, starting on May 26.

There have been several developments in the singer’s life and career since that previous visit. Last year saw the release of Morrissey’s 10th solo album, World Peace is None of Your Business, a recording on which he exercised fully his lyrical and vocal dexterity but also let loose on a variety of topics, including perennials such as animal rights and environmentalism.

He took the opportunity also to put a well-read boot into marriage, the prison system in Ireland and the psychological demands of a ­university education.

In 2013 came the much anticipated auto­biography, titled, in typical Morrisseyan fashion, Autobiography, and published, to the chagrin of some literary gatekeepers, by Penguin Classics. It was a book that divided critics, some lavishing it with praise for its multitudinous bons mots, others dwelling on its self-importance. Few could argue that the 660 pages did not reveal Morrissey to have a gift for the long-form written word. Vitriol courses through most of Autobiography, in the direction of teachers, the music business, George W. Bush and, for a good 50 pages or so, his fellow musicians in the band that made them all famous, the Smiths. In hindsight he regrets a few omissions from his life story but is pleased he was able to put it out without having to talk about it.

“I accidentally left out a few significant things — meetings with famous people, being with Lou Reed in Italy, with Joni Mitchell in Hancock Park, being thrown into a police cell at LAX airport — but overall I had no reservations about unleashing the book because the songs had always been very confessional, so it was surely a natural assumption that the book would be, too. I determined not to do any interviews for the book, and Penguin skilfully released it with zero publicity and hardly any announcements, and I think this drew a lot of people in because, as you know, whenever anyone publishes their autobiography they shove themselves into the public eye until everyone starts to vomit at the sight of them. So I did the reverse and it worked very well.”

So encouraged was he by the success of that project that he immediately embarked on another, a novel that is now completed and awaiting publication, although he won’t be drawn on its subject matter. “It is finished and is, I think, unconnected to anything I’ve ever written or said previously,” he says. “That certainly makes a change, doesn’t it?”

When Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr in 1982 they were an unlikely pairing, although both were driven by an ambition to have a ­career in music. Morrissey had a trial run in a punk band, the Nosebleeds, and briefly in Slaughter and the Dogs, but before teaming up with Marr had turned his hand to writing. He submitted letters regularly to music magazines such as NME and penned three books in the early 1980s, one on the New York Dolls, ­another on B-movie actors and the third on James Dean.

In Marr he encountered a perfect foil. They shared a passion for the Velvet Underground, T. Rex and David Bowie. Although it was yet to be proven, the singer’s wordy irreverence would soon blend effortlessly with his collaborator’s distinctive and original guitar chops. With drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke, the Smiths were born and proceeded to alter the landscape of British rock music with a ­succession of melodic and hook-laden singles, including Hand in Glove, This Charming Man, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and How Soon is Now? The band released four albums between 1984 and 1987 but had split up by the time the last one, Strangeways, Here We Come, was released.

Morrissey won’t talk about the Smiths — and certainly not about a reunion, although it is something that it is floated in the media whenever Marr and Morrissey are within a country of each other. There’s also the difficulty around the fact Joyce took them to court over royalties in 1996 and won. When asked about a reunion, the singer is dismissive. “The question is so irrelevant that I don’t actually understand it,” he says. Nor is he curious about what Marr might have to say about their fractious relationship when the latter publishes his autobiography next year.

The Smiths’ legacy far outlasts its tenure. Morrissey is a different story. Since releasing his debut album Viva Hate in 1988 he has maintained a steady following, scored a smattering of hits such as You’re the One for Me, Fatty,Irish Blood, English Heart and The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get, all of which boast flowing, nimble lyricism and vocal styling. Given his rarely concealed dislike for people as a whole, it’s no surprise his favourite lyric is taken from his seventh album, You are the Quarry.

“I’m very proud of the lyrics to The World is Full of Crashing Bores,” he says. “Partly because they’re obviously very true, but also because I can’t think of anyone who has ever made that observation.”

His songwriting stems from observation, however, and he jots things down. “Yes, I carry around notebooks because we do tend to hear things that we’ll never hear again, so there’s no point relying on memory all of the time. I also listen intently to what people say, and I have the annoying habit of constantly seeing it written down before me. This is only annoying because most people don’t say anything interesting. Consequently all of my notebooks are blank.”

OK.

Although he appears to be in good spirits generally, one wonders if Morrissey gets more cynical as he gets older. Lyrics such as “humans hate each other’s guts and show it” from World Peace’s song Mountjoy would suggest that, but he reckons, overall, he is a positive person.

“I think if I wasn’t positive then I wouldn’t ever get out of bed,” he says. “But I also think it’s positive to fully understand the mechanics of the human race, and for the most part they are stupid, ignorant and destructive. Earth would be a much better place without ­humans and it is actually dying solely because of humans. ­Elephants have not destroyed the planet.”

Morrissey has lent his name and actions to several causes, not least animal rights. The singer, famed for his Meat is Murder stance, has banned the selling of meat products at his Sydney concerts and pulled out of a prospective concert in Iceland because the venue insisted on selling meat. Morrissey issued a statement that read: “I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return, but I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating blood-lust.”

Concerns about the menu aren’t the only reason Morrissey has cancelled shows through the years. Of some concern intermittently has been the state of the singer’s health. Illness is a natural hazard for touring musicians, but he has been more prone than most. As early as 1991 the singer cancelled shows in Australia on his Kill Uncle tour because of flu. More recently double pneumonia prompted the abrupt end of an American tour in 2013 and last year a virus ended another American jaunt.

“Yes, I’ve had a lot of health issues,” he says, “to put it mildly, but they come and go — as we do, which makes me no different to any other human.”

Reports around that last American tour suggested Morrissey claimed he had contracted the virus from his support act, Kristeen Young, something she disputed after being asked to leave the tour. He has another explanation as to why he no longer shares microphones.

“I had the practice of handing the microphone to audience members throughout the night,” he says, “so that they could say whatever they wished, but doctors ordered me to stop this because they said I was inviting Asian flu into the microphone that I would then continue to sing through, and then the following night would be cancelled because I was on a life-support machine. So I stopped handing the microphone around. Little things mean a lot.”

The singer is looking forward to his Sydney performances, even if he won’t get to the beach. Looking further ahead he has another album in the works, although at present he doesn’t have a recording company. EMI dropped his contract just a few months after the release of World Peace is None of Your Business and others haven’t been queuing up to sign him.

“Six labels have turned me down,” he says. “The policies are unchangeable in modern music, and the fact I can sell out four nights at Sydney Opera House and the London 02 doesn’t mean a thing to a label executive. If you are not 21 then they don’t see how you could possibly make good music, or how people would want to listen to you. The music world is unsalvageable … hence Sam Smith. Madonna has recently complained that the music industry is ageist, and she’s quite correct.”

Morrissey once said he couldn’t see himself performing beyond the age of 55, but he’ll be doing just that when he takes to the Opera House stage 10 days from now. He’s still in good voice, in more ways than one.

“I don’t ever practise and I never warm-up,” he says. “I think you can either sing or you can’t, and no amount of concentration or whisky-avoidance will affect your power. My good friend Damien Dempsey has an incredible voice and he drinks 48 pints of Guinness every day.”

Morrissey performs at Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House on May 26, 27, 30 and 31.

TTY: Madison Square Garden Goes Vegan For Morrissey

Posted by JoanOfArc (Members) at Tue 5 May 2015, 20:12:13. 3 comments

http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150505_01

5 May 2015
Madison Square Garden Goes Vegan For Morrissey

Madison Square Garden has agreed to sell no meat or dairy on the day of the Morrissey show, 27 June. This is the first time the venue has agreed to such conditions in its 47-year history, and Morrissey has expressed "heartfelt gratitude" to Madison Square Garden.

Morrissey recipes

Posted by goinghome (Members) at Fri 1 May 2015, 23:50:08. 2 comments

I was going to describe a veggie omelette I made today but by definition it contains prohibited fare.

It'd be nice to try some recipes that people have used and the result has been delicious. Would that be a good thread? Let them also be dishes that you think Morrissey would accept. Also, please, not too difficult! Stick a picture in too if you can.

He was enjoying Kerrygold butter not long ago, but he appears to have passed of late so to start, I'll say toast, spread with olive oil and Marmite!

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Half a Person at the Brighton Fringe

Posted by Half a Person (Members) at Thu 30 Apr 2015, 13:13:15. 2 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

 

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