Posted in industry | music | tour dates on March 12, 2009

Eli Paperboy Reed

I guess some of this is technically old news, but I never realized it until this week. Morrissey, currently not actually on tour (he got to the US on March 6th after cancelling four shows, played one night, and then cancelled two more), was supposed to be touring with Massachusetts' neo-soul wonder-kid Eli Paperboy Reed. This was confirmed by Eli himself in a lemmingtrail posting. On December 5th Eli described the opportunity as "Totally nuts". Three posts later he wrote, "Yeah its insane. No animal products on our rider anymore!" (I like that part). BUT... Flash forward 8 dissapointing days later. Eli posted:

Eli - 12/13/08 - 2:30 am

This isn't happening....Morrisey came to our show in London and said that we weren't right for his tour. Apparently on his last tour he kicked off the opening band after the first show so at least that didn't happen. I'm pretty bummed

That does suck. That also explains why Eli is available to play the Bell House (3/12, TONIGHT), SXSW, and a whole bunch of other shows this month including March 28th at Maxwell's.

That also explains why Bill Pearis' partly-published list of UK bands playing NYC this month included a band (that I am now just first posting about) called the Courteeners, who in addition to playing Mercury Lounge on March 17th, are in North America because they're touring with Morrissey (as opposed to being here because they're playing SXSW like most of their countrymen). And yes, Morrissey is a fan:

"Every song was very strong and full of hooks and dynamics. So many groups in England, they're hyped and they're all over the press, but they don't actually have any songs, they don't really have anything to offer ... But it's different with The Courteeners."
- Morrissey.
As much as I feel bad for Eli, at least the Moz is keeping it real. Eli is probably over it anyway. He's got better things to think about, like, eleven shows at SXSW, and...his major label record contract...
After releasing his debut album through Somerville's Q Division last year, Brookline native Eli "Paperboy" Reed this week signed a major-label deal with Virgin Records.

Reed spread the news earlier today via the Lemmingtrail music and arts message board.

"After what seemed like forever of contract negotiations on Tuesday I finally signed with EMI/Virgin Records," Reed wrote. "I am really psyched to start working on another record and to make the best damn record I've ever made. 2009 is going to be a good year, I think."

Reed wrote that his Virgin deal does not include his seven-piece backing band, the True Loves, due to their unstable lineup. But he added he will continue to work with them under some sort of "sharing agreement." Terms of the contract were not revealed. [Boston Herald]

All Eli Paperboy Reed dates HERE. All Courtneeners dates (including the three NYC shows with Morrissey that are hopefully still happening) (but not including any Morrissey dates before NYC - Red Cortez are the band opening, or not opening, the beginning of Morrissey's tour) and a video, below...

The Courteeners - "That Kiss"

The Courteeners - 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar 17 Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
Mar 19 Univ of Buffalo Center for the Arts *** Buffalo, New York
Mar 21 Bowery Ballroom *** New York, New York
Mar 22 Academy of Music *** Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 25 Webster Hall *** New York, New York
Mar 26 Carnegie Hall *** New York, New York
Mar 29 House Of Blues *** Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 31 Michigan Theater *** Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 1 Palace Theater *** Columbus, Ohio
Apr 3 Eagles Ballroom *** Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 4 Aragon Ballroom *** Chicago, Illinois
Apr 6 State Theater *** Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 7 Midland Theater *** Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 8 Pageant Theatre *** St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 10 Dallas Palladium *** Dallas, Texas
Apr 11 Jesse Jones Hall *** Houston, Texas
Apr 12 Bass Concert Hall *** Austin, Texas
Apr 14 Chavez Theater *** El Paso, Texas
Apr 15 Sunshine Theater *** Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 17 Coachella Indio, California

** with Morrissey



Comments (24)

God, that has to sting. Even worse than going to the club on your own, leaving on your own, going home, crying and wanting to die.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 6:24 PM

I heard that Sharon Jones would be making an appearance at the Bell House tonight..........

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 6:34 PM

He played the NC show last night and seemed to be doing much better. Looks like the next couple of dates are safe.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 7:35 PM

Eli Paperboy was going to open the Bowery show but The Counteneers were always the opening band for the Canergie and Webster Hall shows.

But yeah, that sucks! Why doesn't he take a couple of minutes to listen to at least one song of the bands proposed to open for him BEFORE they announce it :/

Oh, Morrissey

Posted by dee | March 12, 2009 7:41 PM

Morrissey kicked Kristeen Young off the tour because of her disrespectful stage chatter.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 8:37 PM

it's actually CourtEEners, not CourtenEErs.
seems to be a common mistake, which i also made for a while.

Posted by keith | March 12, 2009 8:50 PM

BV, the CourTEENers are worth checking out--I suggest you get to Morrissey early if you are lucky enough to have Moz tickets. A little song called "What Took You So Long" is the best to sample.

Posted by david z | March 12, 2009 9:36 PM

"it's actually CourtEEners, not CourtenEErs."

It's been a long week. Fixed, thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 12, 2009 9:50 PM

"All Courtneeners dates (including the three NYC shows with Morrissey that are hopefully still happening)"

hee hee :) I like Cortneeners better.

Posted by Lori | March 12, 2009 10:55 PM

Red Cortez who are opening the Wellmont show Monday totally rule. Best band out of LA right now.

Posted by Chip L. | March 12, 2009 11:05 PM

Courteeners are pretty damn good - been listening to them for a while now - they are very nder the radar here in the states.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 1:28 AM

Lame. How much does it take for Moz to check a myspace page? oh, I bet he doesn't have a computer because he's the world's best human being. How would he act if someone did that to him? I bet, at least a little, like a bitch. I loved that band he was in ,but Moz alone? I don't see the appeal. He's just so damn precious.

Posted by Rw | March 13, 2009 5:46 AM

Is it just me or has Morrissey been cancelling shows and/or tours throughout his career? I am more surprised when he doesn't cancel.

Posted by Joe | March 13, 2009 8:32 AM

Morrissey is an absolute douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 8:47 AM

Morrissey is wee cunt.

Posted by Gordon Brown | March 13, 2009 10:11 AM

Keeping it real? Sounds more like he's being a total diva.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 10:25 AM

I'm never buying another morrissey ticket again! Both times I've gotten super excited and he's been sick. Old man needs to give it up! Anyone wanna start a Morrissey/Smiths cover band? We can just fill in when grandpa is sick and cancels. Maybe nobody would notice!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 10:29 AM

i hope he cancels all of his nyc shows.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 10:51 AM

Kristeen Young was dropped in the middle of the 2007 tour ostensibly for the off-color on-stage chatter, but in reality it could also have been for excessive suckage. She is just awful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 11:00 AM

^^ I used to really hate her, but I kind of like her music a bit more. She was definitely a boar/bore when she opened for him in 07 though. It was very refreshing to have Girl in a Coma replace her, and actually show some genuine appreciation for being there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 11:25 AM

An underground Morrissey gossip site ( says he will have different openers for each venue in NYC. Red Cortez, Deerhunter, Vivian Girls and more.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 2:52 PM

BV links Reed's phrase "kicked off the opening band" to the BV post about Morrissey dumping KRISTEENYOUNG, but that duo lasted much longer than just one show. They may even have the distinction of opening more Morrissey shows than any other act.

P.S. Paperboy was a kickass arcade game.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2009 8:35 AM

2:52 - HA! Nice try.

Eli Reed is a fucking killer show. What a bummer move on Moz's part.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2009 1:15 PM

He was in this months issue of BLOCKPARTY! here's the link if you want to check it out!

Posted by Illumina | April 14, 2010 12:46 PM

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