Entries tagged with: Morrissey
Woe is he: Moz in Dallas (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey sure has had an up-and-down year. He started 2014 off with a best-selling Autobiography under his belt, a new label (Capital-owned Harvest) and a new album on the way (World Peace is None of Your Business). Then came a wobbly start to his tour, the cancellation of that tour, fingerpointing, lawsuits and allegations, and now... he's been dropped by Harvest less than a month after the release of his new album which debuted at #2 in the UK and #14 in the US. Word comes, as usual, via Moz mouthpiece True to You:
Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett.This comes just five days after a long, angry missive that Morrissey posted to True To You where he complained about Harvest being unwilling to make a video for the album's title track and the record industry in general:
Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.
We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is "bought"; this is not 1955. Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.Anyone who's read Autobiography knows that, according to Morrissey, all chart failures are a result of record label mismanagement and not his fault, ever. Maybe its time to take Amanda Palmer up on her offer.
In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations - worldwide! - to either discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
As reported earlier today, Morrissey is being sued by former bodyguard Bradley Steyn who claims he was asked to hurt David Tseng who runs fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. Morrissey has responded to these allegations, on Moz conduit True to You, calling them "vexatious lies." (You can totally hear him saying that, can't you?) Here's an excerpt:
The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.You can read Morrissey's entire statement below...
The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms "the Morrissey tour", and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been an up-and-down week (and year) for Morrissey. On the plus side, the singer's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, entered the Billboard Album Chart at #14. On the minus side, TMZ reports that Moz is being sued by former bodygaurd Bradley Steyn, who claims he was fired after refusing to "hurt" the operator, known as DavidT, of fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. The site has been a thorn in Morrissey's side for some time. Stereogum notes Moz's lawyers issued a cease-and-decist letter after Morrissey-Solo.com posted a report that his band and crew hadn't been paid for a 2002 tour.
Steyn claims he was hired after the singer's San Jose show -- the one where he was "attacked" by stage-rushing fans -- and was then approached by Morrissey's manager who asked him if a fan "could get hurt" or "gotten rid of" with talk of finding the person's home address. Steyn says he refused and was fired the next day. TMZ says Morrissey did not return their request for comment.
Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...
by Bill Pearis
We're still a week out from Morrissey's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, but NPR has the album up now for streaming. As is typical of Moz these days, there's still some of his classic wit evident, though "beefaroni" is a word I never wanted to hear him sing (It's on "I'm Not a Man"). Some good tunes too, and at least one nod to his old band ("Smiler with Knife" owes more than a little to "Please Please Please..."). Judge for yourself over at NPR.
In other news, no official word on Morrissey's health after canceling his North American tour. Cliff Richard, who was supposed to open the NYC show, said at his Gramercy Theatre show that Morrissey was still in the hospital at the time. You can send Morrissey well-wishes, or any correspondence you feel like writing, via a website called Letters To Morrissey that his label has set up. And if you want to read more, NME dedicated a special issue to him. That's the cover above.
by Bill Pearis
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
For those sore about Morrissey canceling his tour, here's a consolation: a new track from World Peace is None of Your Business (out 7/15). The "spoken word" version of "The Bullfighter Dies" was a released a while back but here's the studio recording. Though he is still capable of subtle beauty this is Moz in hilariously blunt mode, turning "dies" and "cries" into eight-syllable words. And if you didn't already get his point (bullfighting is cruel inhumane sport), he ends with "because we all want the bull to survive." (We get it, we get it.) Musically, he song is a bit more restrained (he pairs flamenco with other lyrics elsewhere on the album).
Due to the tour cancellation, Morrissey won't be at NYC's Barclays Center this weekend, but Cliff Richard, who was scheduled to open, is still playing NYC. Listen to "The Bullfighter Dies" below...
Morrissey in Austin, one of his non-canceled 2014 shows (more by Tim Griffin)
After Morrissey canceled the remainder of his 2014 North American tour after falling ill in Miami -- including his big NYC show at Barclays Center -- a statement was posted to official Moz mouthpiece True to You, basically pinning his illness on opener Kristeen Young:
Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young's opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to "a horrendous cold", the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta.Kristeen Young responded to that on her Facebook:
For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health.
Ok. Regarding the recent True-to-you statement from Morrissey: I did not "confess to a horrendous cold". On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies...and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof....since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor. Also....it is incorrect that I "decided to leave the tour completely". I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey's booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies....particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.Then, apparently producer Tony Visconti (who produced Young's new album and Morrissey's Your Aresenal) took Young's side on Facebook, which then prompted Morrissey guitarist Jesse Tobias to fire back. Here's a portion:
I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell.You can read the whole thing, with lots of Capitalized Words, over at True to You.Though the circumstances are a little unusual this time, Morrissey is no stranger to canceled tour dates. Much of his 2013 tour was canceled or postponed due to illness. Babel Music broke down the stats over the last 12 years:
Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.
I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement.
One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter.
This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on "Facebook" that "she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?" is Repulsive.
2002: 5 CancellationsBabel also started a White House petition to stop him from canceling any more tours, which was pretty much immediately removed as a violation of their Terms of Participation.
2003: No Tour
2004: 10 Cancellations
2005: No Tour
2006: 5 Cancellations
2007: 7 Cancellations, 2 Postponed
2008: 2 Cancellations
2009: 9 Cancellations, 11 Postponed
2010: No Tour
2011: 3 Cancellations, 1 Postponed
2012: 3 Cancellations, 24 Postponed
2013: 42 Cancellations, 18 Postponed
2014: 10 Cancellations, 3 Postponed
In happier news, though the Morrissey Barclays show on June 21 was canceled with the rest of the tour, opener Sir Cliff Richard says he's still going to play -- somewhere -- in NYC that day with "Full details of an intimate event" to be announced very soon. That's the Carry On attitude of a true British pro. Stay tuned!
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates. "
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
The malady lingers on. Morrissey is still not over the virus that caused the onetime Smiths singer to cancel his Atlanta show and postpone the Atlantic City date last week on his current tour. He did play his Boston date on Saturday (6/7) but has now postponed two more shows that were to have happened this week: tonight's Baltimore show (6/10) and Wednesday's in DC (6/11). Both of those already have makeup dates, however, tacked onto the end of the tour. Rest up Moz!
Morrissey is scheduled to play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 (tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below...
Morrissey in Austin last weekend (more by Tim Griffin)
Here we go again. Due to a reported virus, Morrissey has postponed a few dates on his current North American tour. His Atlanta date from last night (6/4) this week was the first to go, and Friday's (6/6) show at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City has been rescheduled for June 22, the day after his Barclays Center show in Brooklyn. From Moz's Facebook, "The tour will resume as originally scheduled, without question, at the Boston Opera House on Saturday, June 7."
In other news, Morrisseysolo.com is reporting that Kristeen Young, who has been his opener for the last few tours, has dropped off this current trek that she has been apart of so far. No official word on that, however.
Updated tour dates listed below...
by Bill Pearis
We've got a new Morrissey song from his forthcoming World Peace is None of Your Business. "Earth is the Loneliest Planet" finds Moz dabbling in flamenco for the first time since, oh probably, "Little Man, What Now?" that was on his solo debut, Viva Hate. The style and lush production, complete with harp sweeps, suits him and the song. You can stream the song via Spotify below.
New song and video below...
by Tim Griffin
Morrissey @ Austin Music Hall - 5/24/2014
After almost three years, with postponements and cancellations abound, Morrissey triumphantly returned to Austin to a sold-out Music Hall supporting his upcoming album World peace Is None Of Your Business. Two days earlier he celebrated his 55th birthday, spending it in Dallas at The Majestic Theatre.
Morrissey seemed quite pleased as he took to the stage in his now-regular tour uniform (zip neck shirt with the collar turned under, PETA 'Animals Don't Smoke' stickers, and Stevenson Overall Co. denim), with his long standing band (Boorer, the brothers Walker, Tobias and Manzur) wearing matching 'FANCY MAN' t-shirts. They dove right in to Years Of Refusal's 'One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell' and didn't look back.
Morrissey's voice was as refined and strong as ever, and as was his way the setlist was shuffled a bit from previous shows . They broke the seal on the newly released single 'Istanbul', the first time it had been played live on the tour (video of that below). Setlist and pictures from Austin are in this post.
Kristeen Young is along for the ride again this tour and blasted off with a firecracker set drawing much from her 2014 release The Knife Shift (which features Moz producer Tony Visconti, Dave Grohl Lou Rossi and Morrissey's Boz Boorer). The tour continues in Memphis tonight and goes through the end of June with a special performance with Cliff Richard at Barclay's Center on 6/21 in New York. (Tickets.) Pics from his birthday show in Dallas are up on BrooklynVegan Austin. See more pictures and the "Istanbul" live video from the Austin show, the setlist, and a list of remaining tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Bruce Lee watches Morrissey in Lincoln, NE last night (via @jmbiersmith)
You may have already heard the title track to Morrissey's upcoming World Peace is None of Your Business and now you've got a second song to listen to till you get your mitts on the whole LP. "Istanbul" is a funky groover -- or as close as he gets to that -- and you can stream it via Spotify and watch the accompanying "spoken word" promo video (part of a series) below.
Judging from these two songs, Joe Chiccarelli's production seems a little more in sync with Morrissey's style than the blunt rock sound Jerry Finn brought to 2009's Years of Refusal. (Finn did better, or at least the material was better, on 2004's You Are the Quarry.) The sitars in "Istanbul" seem a little too on-the-nose given the lyrical content but otherwise there's some welcome space in the mix.
In other news, after all the excitement last week of "Morrissey is Tweeting" and the disappointment that "It wasn't actually Morrissey tweeting," Morrissey's verified Twitter account has now been deleted.
And in other news, Morrissey turns 55 on Thursday (5/22) and what better birthday present could there be than Miley Cyrus covering The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" live in Dublin, Ireland? (Maybe you remember this tweet?) Video of that is below if you want to watch.
Streams and videos below...
Morrissey has released the second of his "spoken word" videos for tracks off his upcoming World Peace is None of Your Business. Following the one for the title track, we now get "The Bullfighter Dies." Like the whole series, it was directed Natalie Johns, shot at famed Capital Studios, with Moz in a tux, and this one -- and its animal rights lyrical agenda -- gets the "Almost Blue" beatnik treatment.
World Peace is None of Your Business will be out July 15 via Harvest, and he'll be in NYC before that when his tour hits Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available). Watch "The Bullfighter Dies" below.
Morrissey at BAM in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this week, Morrissey posted his first tweet... or so we thought. His representatives did confirm it was actually him tweeting, but in a new statement posted to True to You, Morrissey claims otherwise:
Now we'll never see things like "Waiting in line at @ChaseBank. Why do I give valuable time. To people who don't care if I live or die? #lunchhour"
16 May 2014
I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account. I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care.
Salt Lake City
15 May 2014.
Whoever is manning Moz's accounts, heed his own advice: If you must write prose or poems, the words you use should be your own. Don't plagiarize or take on loan.
A slow starter to social media, Morrissey joined Twitter this afternoon (5/14) and already has 88K followers. It's really him manning the account (so say his reps) and that's his first tweet above. Let's see how this goes.
In other news, you can stream the title track to Morrissey's World Peace is None of Your Business below...
Morrissey's World Peace is None of Your Business will be out July 15 via Harvest. That's the cover art above and the album is now up for pre-order in a variety of packages (including one with an autographed copy of Autobiography). If you pre-order via iTunes you get an instant download of the title track (which you can also buy separately now). The video for the song is the first in a series of spoken word performances filmed at Capitol Studios and Nancy Sinatra (who has covered Moz) makes a cameo. You can watch it below.
Morrissey @ The Observatory 5/8/2014 (via @reezy_jay)
We haven't heard from Morrissey himself regarding the whole rigamarole over Thursday night's show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8) where the We Are Scientists / PAWS show at the adjacent The Constellation Room was nearly canceled but then pushed till after Moz's show ended. (We've heard plenty from PAWS and WAS.) Morrissey, via a publicist, however, has written in to Pitchfork, simply saying:
Morrissey had nothing to do with this. As long as there was no sound bleed, Morrissey was completely fine with another show going on inside the same complex."As for Moz's show last night, it went off without any him being mauled by fans (too much). For this tour he's switched up some of his older songs, putting The Smiths' "Hand in Glove" back in rotation for the first time in 10 years, and he's also doing "Yes I Am Blind" (originally the b-side to "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"). You can check out his Observatory setlist below.
Video of "Hand in Glove" at The Observatory (and the setlist from that show and "Yes I Am Blind" in San Jose, CA) below...
Morrissey @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (via @crowdflicks)
As we posted last night when Morrissey's tour hit The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8), the show happening in the space's smaller, adjacent venue The Constellation Room -- Brooklyn's We Are Scientists and Scottish band PAWS -- was nearly canceled, as Morrissey didn't want the show's sound bleeding into his. PAWS wrote an angry missive on their Facebook, which got picked up by this site and others. Things ended up working out, with the WAS/PAWS show starting after Morrissey's ended.
But there 's more to the story. Since then, PAWS have posted a much longer, detailed account of everything that happened, including what happened right before they were to take the stage:
However, after we got here, ten minutes before we were about to go onstage, with the show seemingly in full swing and in good health, Phillip and Josh were confronted by Morrissey's tour manager in our own dressing room. After thinking that everything was FINALLY sorted, this man started screaming at them both, practically squaring up to them and trying his hardest to tear us apart for how big this story was getting, doling out blood-curdling screams to the effect of "I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!" Frankly, beyond being insulting, unreasonable, and to be honest a little hilarious, we simply couldn't believe that this situation had escalated to this point. Far from a reasonable conversation or settling of differences, this seemed like a 'telling off' and to be honest put pretty much everything in context. To feel like you're being demeaned, disrespected and almost bullied by ANYONE feels terrible but to feel like this is happening and that are hands are tied purely because of the perceived stature of a celebrity, seems utterly ridiculous and frankly, unacceptable.You can read the entirety of PAWS' account below. Meanwhile, We Are Scientists took in the Morrissey show and offered a review on their Twitter:
Pissed off and fired up, we jumped out and did our best to kill it for the 30 mins we had in the lights. We burst ourselves trying to bring it, and after ALL that, we came off beaten, sweaty but elated. In our minds, this is over. Fuck this shit.
The @itsmorrissey show was the laziest, most milquetoast piece of shit I've ever had the misfortune of suffering through ten minutes of.— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
Spent the first 20 minutes of @itsmorrissey set wondering how they got a luau pig into a TopShop blazer. Then I realized IT WAS MORRISSEY!— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
Turns out the reason @itsmorrissey doesn't want competing noise is that it might clue people into what singing in tune sounds like.— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
When their dates with WAS end, PAWS' tour will hit NYC for a show at Shea Stadium on May 24 with Alex G, The Dirty Nil and Ma.
PAWS full Facebook post below...
Morrissey up close with a fan at San Jose last night (via @that fan's instagram)
Morrissey's tour kicked off last night (5/7) in San Jose, CA. If you've ever been to a Morrissey concert, you know it is a never-ending stream of fans trying to rush the stage, hug him, rip off his shirt, whatever contact they can make. Unfortunately last night, the stage rush got out of control and the show was cut just a little short, notes Stereogum. TMZ, who has video of the incident says Moz was "attacked by a fan" and "knocked to the ground" though the footage doesn't really seem to bare that out. Nonetheless, stage security did seem to have a little more trouble keeping fans offstage than usual. You can watch the video below.
Before the violent hugging happened, Morrissey did play a few new songs that will be on his new album, Word Peace is None of Your Business, including the live debut of the title track, "The Bullfighter Dies," and "Earth is the Loneliest Planet." Setlist and video of those three new songs plus video of the stage rushing incident, below.
Meanwhile, tonight's show (5/8) at Santa Ana's The Observatory has its own problems, as the venue's smaller room, The Constellation Room, is supposed to host We Are Scientists and PAWS. But, according to PAWS, Morrissey doesn't want their show to happen and refuses to play until that show is canceled. From PAWS' Facebook:
Morrissey is currently trying to have our slot at tonights show in Santa Ana, California cancelled because he is playing in another room in the same venue and wishes for their to be no other artists performing in his vicinity.We say let 'em play, Morrissey!
This is an unbelievable act of complete and utter selfishness that should not be tolerated. This rich, has-been, ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain. A complete disregard for others and a baffling lack of support/respect for young, hard working musicians.
People like this, with attitudes like this displays a classic example of why the music industry is still awash with disgusting garbage that should by now have been snuffed out. Pedestals, self righteous entitlement, disrespect and "competition". Geez. It's not like we've come all the way from Scotland to play for nothin'...
I'm just going to leave this photo and sentiment with you and we'll report back with developments. We won't go out without a fight!
What do you all think?
UPDATE: Both shows are happening, through compromise, says We Are Scientists via Twitter:
ANTA ANA! So everyone can play a full set, tonight's show will start after Moz's bedtime:
If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?
The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.
Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:
Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.That book will be out on June 3.
Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.
In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.
Wish I Was Here trailer below...
Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available). Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 -- Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.
Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...
Morrissey's new album is titled World Peace Is None of Your Business, reports Moz mouthpiece True to You, and the record is set for a summer release via his new label home, Harvest Records. As mentioned, Morrissey made the 12-track album in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. Hopefully that puts the album out in time for his big Barclays Center show on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard opening. Tickets are still available.
by Bill Pearis
Morrissey is currently in France recording his tenth album, which should be out later this year. It's his first in five years and his first for EMI imprint Harvest. Hopefully it will be out in time for his upcoming North American tour that includes big shows in LA with Tom Jones (at the LA Sports Arena which is sold out) and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available).
I thought four of their songs were magnificent, and if a band can give you four magnificent songs then that's good enough for me. But was I ever influenced by the Beatles? No.Billboard did not follow up and ask which four Beatles songs he found magnificent. And on the possibility of a Smiths reunion (it's the 30th anniversary of their first album), he says:
I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion! But, no, there aren't any bands I like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are.You can read the whole thing over at Billboard.
by Bill Pearis
CLIFF RICHARD: I said, "My initial answer is yes but can you check it's not a joke? Is there an ulterior motive?" He got hold of Morrissey's management and he said: "No, Morrissey's a fan and he'd like you to be there."When Morrissey announced he'd be playing arena shows in NYC and LA on his upcoming tour, part of the surprise was the UK pop vets who'd be opening: Tom Jones at Los Angeles Sports Arena and Cliff Richard at Barclays Center.
So I said: "Yes, please." The chances of me singing for 15,000 people in New York are pretty well nil for me at the moment anyway. So I thought it would be great.
I checked on the internet and saw a couple of shots of him live, and his audiences look really - I don't know how to say this - they look really nice. They were swaying in the crowd and mouthing lyrics and I was thinking: "Oh, my audiences do that." So maybe his audience will be kind to me.
BBC: How aware of his music have you been over the years?
CLIFF RICHARD: I knew of him, even when he was lead singer of The J... The Smiths. I can't say that I've followed his musical career but I've followed the success. I've Googled him a couple of times now and I'm thinking, I could be a fan. - [BBC]
While most Americans are plenty familiar with Tom Jones, that is probably not the case with Cliff Richard. He's actually the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom's history, and managed to score a #1 record in every decade from the '50s through the '90s. (He would've done it in the '00s too but "21st Century Christmas" [with Brian May] stalled at #2.) Bill Nighy's rockstar character in Love Actually is loosely based on Cliff Richard.
He has had hits in America during the disco era -- "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore" were both Top 10. You might also know "Suddenly," his duet with Olivia Newton John from Xanadu. But in America, that's about it. His 1987 UK #1, "Living Doll," was with cult punk Britcom The Young Ones which is probably about as close to "cool" as he ever got. (The Young Ones theme was actually a cover of an old Cliff Richard #1.) He was knighted in 1995, the first rock start to receive such an honor. Few people would call him cool (a British friend pointed me to this), but his UK chart presence is undeniable. You can check out a few videos below.
The rest of the country -- and NYC and LA too -- get frequent Moz opener Kristeen Young. Meanwhile, tickets to Morrissey's Barclays show on June 21 go on sale Friday, February 21 at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/19) at noon.
Relive a cavalcade of Cliff Richard hits in video form below...