Album News, Tour Dates — December 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

Smiths round-up: Johnny Marr cancels rest of U.S. tour, Morrissey to record new album

Morrissey and Marr

As we await word as to whether The Smiths will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, news from the band’s former leaders: Johnny Marr on Monday canceled the remainder of his U.S. tour dates over a “serious close family illness,” while Morrissey revealed in an interview that he’s written a new album and will record it in February.

Over the weekend, Marr initially canceled a trio of dates in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle over the illness, but on Monday scrubbed the remaining nine dates of his tour, all on the West Coast. Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase, and Marr promised “we will do everything we can to rescheduled the dates.”

The guitarist released the following statement:

“I’m really disappointed to not be able to play the shows. The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band and the audiences have been great everywhere. If it was about just me being unwell I would’ve found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand earlier in the year, but to not be there for one of my family is not right. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages. See you soon. Johnny. x”

See Marr’s canceled dates below.

As for Morrissey, the singer, who is on tour in Europe, reveals in an interview with Serbian website b92 (via that he’s already working on a follow-up to World Peace Is None of Your Business, which suffered from a highly publicized dispute between the singer and his label last summer.

“We wrote a new album and I hope that we will record in February,” Morrissey said.


Johnny Marr’s canceled tour dates:

Dec. 6: Sugar Nightclub, Victoria, BC
Dec. 7: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Dec. 8: Neumos, Seattle, WA
Dec. 10: Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Dec. 11: Wow Hall, Eugene, OR
Dec. 12: Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
Dec. 14: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 15: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 16: Glass House, Pomona, CA
Dec. 18: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
Dec. 19: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 20: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA




  1. Nick Wilhelmy

    So what about Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce???

  2. They’ve canceled their show as well

  3. World Peace is a great album, in my top ten for 2014.
    So I’m looking forward to another new album from Moz.
    He should release it on ANTI or a label like that…

  4. Chronic Mumblings

    A friend of mine commented:

    “Johnny Marr has cancelled his US tour due to a family illness… I can’t help but think this is the closest he and Morrissey will ever come to reuniting.”

    • Scott Stalcup

      *standing ovation* WELL DONE!

      That comment made my week. I’m likely going to be laughing when I wake up in the morning. Pass on my thanks to your friend.

      God, I love this site!

  5. Morrissey to record new album, cancel tour.

  6. The Moz Marr Tour is set…calling it the “Still ill” tour. T-shirts will go fast.

    • Scott Stalcup

      Also brilliant! You’ve all made a sick fellow on a collision course with forty smile tonight. Thank you.

      Slicing Up Eyeballs: Come for the Post-Punk News. Stay for the snark! Everything counts in large amounts.

  7. And yes, this site is the greatest. The only reason why I still keep my web tv dial up connection.

  8. Wish the best for Marr and his family. Hope things turn out ok.

  9. David Stewart

    Worst pic of Morrissey ever

  10. He caught it from Moz. Who caught it from the opening act. Who caught it from bad Pasta. You win again Flying Spaghetti Monster. Well played.

  11. Glad I saw him in Calgary on the 4th; was great! First time ever I was lucky enough to see a concert before shows were cancelled. Drove to Vancouver to see the Church and found out it was cancelled at the venue door.

    • hott chaulklate

      I was also at the Calgary show. Phenomenal! I flew out to Vancouver years ago to see Doves at the Commodore only to find out it was cancelled. Raw deal.

  12. Keith, I’m sorry…that you live in Calgary. HAHAHAHA!!!!

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