Posted in TV | music on October 10, 2012

by Tim Griffin

Stephen Morrissey & Stephen Colbert - The Colbert Report - 10/9/2012
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It was a tale of two Stephens: Morrissey was interviewed and performed on The Colbert Report last night. As per Moz's request, the building was meat-free for the day of his visit. While the interview is only just over five minutes, there was plenty of banter between the crooner and comedian. Morrissey rarely gives anything but e-mail interviews these days, so this was a treat, and some of the more Moz-able / memorable moments are below.

On the consumption of meat:

"If you stick your grandmother in an oven, she will probably be tasty, but is that any reason to eat your grandmother?"
On why he doesn't feel the need to reunite with Johnny Marr and The Smiths:
"Not everybody is a fat old slag... not everybody is."
Colbert seized the moment and may have given Morrissey a bit of a fright,"Well, I hate to tell ya - please welcome, Johnny Marr... Johnny?", as he gestured to the side of the stage. Johnny wasn't there, but that didn't stop a slightly nervous Moz from taking a tense glance over his shoulder.

Check out the interview and live performances of new song "People Are The Same Everywhere" and Years of Refusal's "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" below. As you may know, Morrissey starts his three-night NYC visit tonight (10/10) with his Radio City Music Hall performance followed by two stops at Terminal 5 (10/12, 10/13), all of which are sold out.

Videos are below.

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Interview:

"People Are the Same Everywhere"

"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"

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Comments (72)

I'm going to wear my puple eye shadow and Crisco t-shirt to RCMH tonight

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:23 AM

The terminal 5 dates on here are wrong. They are really 10/12 and 10/13.

Posted by AJ | October 10, 2012 10:25 AM

I thought for sure Morrissey was going to walk off. I mean, he obviously knows Colbert is a "character" but, jesus, he was asking some pretty awkward shit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:28 AM

fuck morrissey. also his reasons for being vegan sound like a 14 year old girl on the peta mailing list.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:32 AM

I put hummus in an oven once... It was tasty.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:33 AM

Oooooh, awesome! A private, sourpuss overrated personality alongside a lame schtick overrated "character" that's supposed to be "funny"! Why in the fuck's name did I miss this!?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:36 AM

"Would you eat a lion?"

Posted by BG | October 10, 2012 10:42 AM

Surprised he did not cancel the shows yet..

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:47 AM

i'd like to see morrissey (or any wingnut vegetarian, for that matter) tell a group of starving villagers in a developing country who can barely scrounge up some starch, let alone quality protein to eat, that meat is murder and animals are nicer than humans.

don't get me wrong, i love the smiths, but his smug attitude, particularly when it comes to the whole anti-meat schtick, is way too much for me to handle.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 10:58 AM

oh please, vegan-themed website that I visited on my own volition, please stop posting interviews with vegetarian musicians I feel compelled to watch. please stop abusing my fandom by illuminating the intricacies of divergent beliefs. I can't take it! everyone think like I do or else I'm going to take my opinions public!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:13 AM

humans are omnivores......and at the top of the food chain, deal with it

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:16 AM

i would totally eat a lion, and 11:13. i love cream puffs!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:24 AM

10:32, 10:58 and 11:16 - only wish you'd stumble into some cannibal tribe in new guinea or somewhere and get cooked up.

definitely 3 humans the natural world won't miss!

and humans are not omnivores, s**t for brains. do your research. our dental structure most closely resembles those of the equine. an herbivore.

why not try eating yourself?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:24 AM

The Smiths sucked, and this guy is just a run-of-the-mill moron.

Talk about overrated.

This guy is treated like some kind of generation-defining artistic genius; I bet you you'd get similar creative output from any randomly selected college freshman lit major.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:24 AM

^ so you would eat your grandmother? gross

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:24 AM

The Smiths were never that great of a band, and Morrissey just seems like a moron.

Why is this guy still, to this day, treated like a generation-defining artistic genius? I'd bet his creative output could be matched or surpassed by pretty much any college freshman lit major or something.

Elliott Smith is better, and Elliott Smith sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:28 AM

It's fucking expensive to be a vegan...I'll leave that shit to the one percenters.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:30 AM

@11:24 cool racism. this is 10:32. I'm vegan. Morrissey is embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:32 AM

^are you over 30?

Didn't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:41 AM

owe

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:44 AM

I would eat Morrissey

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 11:54 AM

He is correct about the Royals.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:00 PM

11:28 wins. End of discussion. Especially on both points of that last part.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:00 PM

Elliott Smith is dead.

Do I win?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:15 PM

so... if you hate a metal band you call their fans sausages, but if you hate a vegan musician you proudly proclaim you love of eating sausages.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:16 PM

gr8 interview

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:16 PM

11:24 is Rockin' Daddy

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:17 PM

""If you stick your grandmother in an oven, she will probably be tasty, but is that any reason to eat your grandmother?""

this is the type of shit that makes vegans look bad. not everyone can choose what they put in their body. few can afford a vegan lifestyle financially. most i know that arent independently wealthy pay for their vegan lifestyle via credit card. we all make our own choices. and truth is, a trustfunder telling a common working man what and how to eat is no better, and to ignore human suffering in favor of an animals is not only childish but not very "humane" - take a look in a mirror at yourself

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:22 PM

12:22 gets it

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:39 PM

There's tons of vegan foods to eat that aren't expensive. You spend $8 on McDonald's, you can spend $8 in a health food store and get a quality meal. Go to a Indian or Chinese market, there's tons of foods that are cheaper than non vegetarian foods. Rice and bean burritos cost less than $5 to make. The "it's too expensive" nonsense is an excuse. You can't afford to spend $5 on a meal you should kill yourself. Scumbags.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 12:56 PM

people who eat meat are fat and smell bad, luckily they die young of cancer or diabetes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:00 PM

dear brooklyn vegan, isn't it time to disable comments?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:16 PM

12:56 definitely gets it

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:17 PM

viva hate

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:34 PM

Morrissey is overrated? Please tell me which artists playing the Pitchfork CMJ parties this year will still be selling out THE FUCKING STAPLES CENTER 30 years into their career?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:44 PM

I always wonder why is Morrissey a "militant" vegetarian, but he isn't vegan?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 1:51 PM

"will still be selling out THE FUCKING STAPLES CENTER 30 years into their career?"

Stupid idiot. These shows are bullshit sell outs. Look at all the tickets being sold online now for Radio City tonight. Check out the venue later and see all the scalpers selling outside. Look inside tonight and see the empty seats scattered around. Get a clue fanboy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:05 PM

...And the Dipshit Thread Of The Day goes to...

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:10 PM

there aren't many tix on stubhub, asshole. If these were bs sellouts, there would be a lot of $20 tix on there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:12 PM

12:56-One of the 1 percent

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:17 PM

Morrisey > The cure

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:18 PM

Try looking on Craigslist 2:12 dummy. Outside the venue as well will be many people selling and I would bet if you try to go to the box office at showtime there will be seats available there as well. BS sold out for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:29 PM

Veganism is just a round about way of saying you have an eating disorder.

see also: gluten allergy

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:34 PM

2:17-Too stupid to realize that the whole point of 12:56's post was that you can be a vegan without being rich or part of the "1%".

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 2:36 PM

"ignore human suffering in favor of an animals" - the ONLY part of 12:22's post that makes sense.

MOST human suffering is self-delivered.

ALL animal suffering is caused by HUMANS.

humans are the most dangerous, destructive, selfish animals on earth.

i choose to protect the non-human animals.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:14 PM

2:34's post is another way of saying: "i'm ignorant and proud of it."

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:15 PM

"ALL animal suffering is caused by HUMANS."

Don't some animals eat other animals?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:16 PM

Please explain what a "bs sellout" is. Bowery Presents is in the business of selling 500 tickets to RCMH, and then calling it a sellout.. because.....?

You may not like his music, but the fucking guy can sell tickets.

I'll rephrase the question you were too much of a pussy to answer: Which bands that these blogs jerk off over will be booking "bs sellout" shows at RCMH in 2142?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:27 PM

3:16 don't confuse them with logic. Vegans just want to push their agenda, and will use whatever 'facts' they need to. 98% of them will will forget about it once they approach 30.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:31 PM

3:16 is either vegan or 'allergic' to gluten. Just join a gym cupcake, it's not that hard.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:32 PM

3:27,
I will respond to you. Go fuck your mother.

But let me not digress. Let's cut out all the bs. Please answer me this.

If you can walk up to the box office tonight and buy a ticket, is the show sold out?

The fact that tons of professional scalpers(and unless you are an idiot you know what that means) will be outside the venue tonight trying to sell off tickets, did "the fucking guy" sell as many tickets as you claim he did?


Answer those and get back to me dipshit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:39 PM

Gluten free...now there is a joke if I ever heard one. What's next, a water allergy?!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:51 PM

Promoters hold tickets. For themselves, for the bands, for whatever dumb sponsors there are. The tickets that you can buy the night of the show for shows that are "sold out", are those tickets that the promoter, band, sponsor didn't use.

Bowery held 150 tickets for industry folks to buy? Only 120 sold? Then they release the extra 30. This happens at every show everywhere, from MSG to Mercury Lounge.

Any other dumb fucking questions you'd like me to answer?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 3:57 PM

Also to your other question... A lot of tickets the "professional scalpers" sell are fake. Don't believe me? Go to a hot show at Bowery or Irving while the headliner is on and ask the box office people how many fakes they got. It's not unheard of for the number to be 50+.

You also have legit scalpers who buy extras people have (my buddy got sick and couldn't make it) as they walk to the venue. Buy low, sell high.

What exactly do you think Bowery/Morrissey would have to gain to say that - for months - RCMH was sold out, only to not *really* start selling tickets until the day before the show?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:00 PM

Yes... do you like dogs?

Posted by Doc Brown | October 10, 2012 4:01 PM

Hahahaha 3:57/4:00. What a clueless idiot you are.

Of course I knew you would not actually answer the question. You would use the typical run arounds.

Yes all the tickets scalpers sell outside are fakes. Promoters don't cut inside deals to sell large blocks of tickets to scalping agencies before they go on sale. Yeah that never happens.


You can call it anything you want. Bottom line. If there are tickets available to buy then the show is not sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:11 PM

4:11 - And I'm sure a missile hit the Pentagon, and WTC7 was a controlled demo.

Stop working at the coffee shop and get a real job in music. Then you'd realize how a lot of this shit works.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:14 PM

3:32, your post makes no sense

dude who said "'ll rephrase the question you were too much of a pussy to answer: Which bands that these blogs jerk off over will be booking "bs sellout" shows at RCMH in 2142?"

I dunno, which bands will have members who are like 150 years old or cyborgs?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:25 PM

4:14 and all your other comments - You are obviously a person with very little intelligence or knowledge about "how a lot of this shit works."

There is also another book on it which I can't recall the title off the bat but if you are able to read, which from your comments is not so certain, may i suggest you check out "Ticket Masters" by Dean Budnick and Josh Baron

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:31 PM

So I'll ask one last fucking time. What do bands/promoters have to gain by saying that a show sells out in a few hours, and then *months* later, deciding the day before the show, to only then start actually selling tickets. Which is what you seem to be suggesting.

Obviously you got burned on a fake Bieber ticket at some point. Don't worry, he will come through town again.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:35 PM

4:35 et all - For the love of christ man you are such a fucking moron.

Figure it out, it is not that hard.

Bowery Presents sold Morrissey at Radio City first. They already booked Terminal 5 for 2 shows as well. Knowing that it would be a hard sell for all three at once, they sell prestigious Radio City first and claim it sells out. That drives demand up among people who may be on the fence or thinking they can get a ticket later on. Then the next day or 2 they announce Terminal 5 shows.

This is just one example of why and I am sure you will say it is a fantasy etc. Cause you are just a really dumb person. There is no help for you so continue to live in delusion about things and thinking your hero Morrissey sold all these tickets for all these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 4:43 PM

The people arguing on this thread are obviously meat eaters. Eating meat makes you dumb and angry.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 5:00 PM

I'd like to see Morrissey without his toupee.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2012 5:20 PM

Vegetarian girls are always hotter then their bad smelling pig eating counterparts.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 2:55 AM

and most moronic point of the day goes to.............11:24!

"and humans are not omnivores, s**t for brains. do your research. our dental structure most closely resembles those of the equine. an herbivore"

Do you believe "god" made us from clay as well? Evolution you dumb fuk, might want to bring out the third grade science books.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 7:58 AM

." You can't afford to spend $5 on a meal you should kill yourself. Scumbags."

typical asshole white brooklynite response.
try telling your coke dealer in queens that douche.
dont trip over the homeless guy on your way into whole foods

but what happens when daddy aint paying your rent anymore?
and visa cuts your limit?
and you - gasp- leave NYC and see 99% of the world doesnt conform to your "pig in a blanket" lifestyle?
get off it. you make the rest of us who chose not to eat animals into assholes. its sorority girl shit- "i fight for the cutie puppies but UGH a dirty smelly homeless black man can go die" - and its that attitude that makes a NY vegan just a temporary stop on the train to Bed Bath & Beyond.

its a trend, sorry kids. When you've been meat free since 1992 like myself, and learned its about your own choices and not putting others down to make yourself feel better- and you see most militant folks last under 5 years- you learn how to be vegan and not offend others. i see on these comments a lot of "picky eaters" and "sorority preachers" - two groups who rarely last more than 4-5 years before they crack or conform, usually at 30, or their first job, or when they move to the suburbs. .

this is why NYC sucks, and the rest of the art world has zero respect for brooklyn and NYC. just the utter selfishness- it blows the mind. If you live in NYC - and pay over $1k in rent a month - YOU are the 1%. Wake up, get your ass out mamouns and do something other than lecturing your dad and making bleepbloop music. Not everyone in new york has access to a good cheap grocery store. And maybe when you all grow up you can actually help make a change in eating habits of others, instead of supporting predatory retailers, or just lecturing family and friends about how great you are and how bad they are to make yourself feel better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 10:34 AM

Umm thanks 10:34 sounds true

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 10:44 AM

10:34 said it good

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2012 11:52 AM

Meat is more expensive than vegetables, children!

I can prove it - walk your cynical little ass into a supermarket and look around, in between texting and twatting your whereabouts.
Morrissey is CRAZY - which is too bad, because he often has a chance to say something humble and insightful. But he goes for the grand and outrageous every time, so the messenger will stand in front of the message.
Another poster asked why isn't Morrissey vegan? It's a good question.
If I were some spokesperson for a lifestyle, I'd make damn sure I looked on point. Moz is pretty chunky - he appears to live off biscuits n' beer. More eccentricity.

After the Fukashima disaster, it is worth considering one's meat consumption. You will get TWICE the oxidizing post-nuclear catastrophe debris, through the poison absorbed by the grass, etc fed to cattle, and then from the collected poison in the cow's four stomachs.
By the time people wake up to this, they will all be aging in an accelerated fashion, and so will their children. The fact that this disaster was TOTALLY ignored by television tells you something.

As for me, I always felt Lawrence from FELT has as much star power as Moz, but just isn't as much of a "persona". Morrissey is a ballbreaker who wears the mask of a neurasthenic. It used to be the reverse.

You'll miss him when he's gone...

Posted by Anonymous starchild | October 13, 2012 12:20 PM

Great collection of cool pictures, really enjoyed watching these photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Evening Dresses | November 23, 2012 12:22 PM

Once I read somewhere that Morrissey's compositions are "dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home." and I think it's the best description...

Posted by Beethoven | November 24, 2012 2:41 PM

They kinda look alike.

Posted by mike | July 12, 2013 1:12 PM

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