Tag: Morrissey

Morrissey enlists members of Green Day, Grizzly Bear for ‘California Son’ covers album

Morrissey enlists members of Green Day, Grizzly Bear for ‘California Son’ covers album

Morrissey this week announced he’ll release a new album of cover songs in May, a collection called California Son that will include songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, Jobraith and more — with members of Green Day, Grizzly Bear and Young the Giant guesting. Check out the full tracklist.

Morrissey abandons his boycott of Canada, imposes 8-date tour on peaceful nation

Morrissey abandons his boycott of Canada, imposes 8-date tour on peaceful nation

Morrissey today announced an eight-date tour of Canada this April, abandoning without explanation his 15-year boycott of the nation until its annual seal hunt is banned. That hasn’t happened, but Moz nevertheless will return, and part of the tour’s proceeds will go toward animal welfare charities across Canada. Dates here.

Listen to The Smiths’ earliest studio demo from 1982 — including isolated guitar, vocals

Listen to The Smiths’ earliest studio demo from 1982 — including isolated guitar, vocals

In August 1982, Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey went into Manchester’s Decibelle Studios to record the first two songs they’d written together, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and “Suffer Little Children,” both of which would appear on The Smiths’ debut two years later. Here some of that session here.

New releases: This Mortal Coil, Kate Bush, Morrissey, Howard Jones, David Bowie, Xymox

New releases: This Mortal Coil, Kate Bush, Morrissey, Howard Jones, David Bowie, Xymox

This is a round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. (Since we missed the last couple weeks’ round-ups, this includes titles that came out in recent weeks.)

Morrissey refutes reports he was attacked by fan during show-ending stage invasion

Morrissey refutes reports he was attacked by fan during show-ending stage invasion

Last night’s Morrissey concert in San Diego ended the way many of the singer’s shows have: with fans rushing the stage, overcoming security in hopes of a brief moment with the performer. At least one of those fans got very close to Moz, though, and the singer was rushed offstage. Watch the footage here.

For some reason, Morrissey’s playing a guitar in this video for ‘Back On the Chain Gang’

For some reason, Morrissey’s playing a guitar in this video for ‘Back On the Chain Gang’

Morrissey today debuted the music video for his new cover of The Pretenders’ 1982 single “Back on the Chain Gang,” and, in a shocking development, it features the former Smiths frontman playing guitar. Or at least going through the motions. Watch the full music video right here.

Morrissey announces two Southern California concerts around L.A. taco fest appearance

Morrissey announces two Southern California concerts around L.A. taco fest appearance

Morrissey has scheduled a pair of Southern California concerts — in Ventura and San Diego — on either side of his previously announced headlining appearance at the Tropicalia Music & Taco Festival in Long Beach in early November. It’s not clear if more U.S. shows will be added. Full details here.

This week’s new releases: Depeche Mode vinyl box sets, plus Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey

This week’s new releases: Depeche Mode vinyl box sets, plus Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s releases include new vinyl box sets from Depeche Mode, plus three reissued Pet Shop Boys albums and Morrissey’s new best-of.

This week’s new releases: Morrissey, Erasure, The Jesus and Mary Chain

This week’s new releases: Morrissey, Erasure, The Jesus and Mary Chain

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s releases include titles new, reissued and compiled from Morrissey, Erasure and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Morrissey records cover of The Pretenders’ ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ for future single

Morrissey records cover of The Pretenders’ ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ for future single

Morrissey has recorded a cover of The Pretenders’ 1982 single “Back on the Chain Gang” — which the former Smiths frontman has taken to playing live of late — in a Los Angeles studio and intends to release it this summer as a single, according to a post on his new Morrissey Central website.

Mike Joyce joins Andy Rourke in pulling out of just-announced Classically Smiths gigs

Mike Joyce joins Andy Rourke in pulling out of just-announced Classically Smiths gigs

In a trainwreck that just keeps getting worse, Mike Joyce today announced that he, too, will not take part in the Classically Smiths live shows he began teasing last week, saying he’d been barred from revealing Andy Rourke wouldn’t be taking part when the project was announced Monday.

Ex-members announce Classically Smiths concerts, but Andy Rourke denies involvement

Ex-members announce Classically Smiths concerts, but Andy Rourke denies involvement

After cryptic hints Friday, the cat’s now out of the bag: The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, plus “fifth member” Craig Gannon, will perform the band’s beloved songs backed by a full orchestra in the U.K. this summer, the Manchester Evening News reported today. No dates have yet been announced.

The Smiths’ Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke up to something with 5th member Craig Gannon

The Smiths’ Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke up to something with 5th member Craig Gannon

It appears that Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, the rhythm section of The Smiths, are planning something — a concert? a full tour? — this year with Craig Gannon, the onetime Aztec Camera member who toured with The Smiths as a second guitarist toward the end of the band’s life.

The Killers cover ‘This Charming Man,’ ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’ at Morrissey-less KROQ show

The Killers cover ‘This Charming Man,’ ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’ at Morrissey-less KROQ show

Morrissey’s cancellation as headliner of tonight’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show left The Killers as the evening’s closing act, and Brandon Flowers and Co. took the opportunity to give fans what they weren’t getting, covering both The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” and Moz’s own “Everyday is Like Sunday.”