14. May 2014 By Walter Price 0

Morrissey: World Peace Is None Of Your Business

By Walter Price

In February I went about reminiscing (gushing) over my long formed love of all things Steven Patrick Morrissey. Sure, he gets weirder with age but so do you and I, friend.

On Valentines Day, no less, I said (in part):
If your teen years were like mine your first foray into what is now called alternative music started with the discovery of The Smiths.
Murky, pointy, dismal and poetic lyrics backed by a band of players creating a jangly sound that would cause me to spend a good portion of my meager youth earnings in the record shops. A gateway band of sorts…A band that played a huge part on the soundtrack to one’s romanticized depression. 
I tried very hard to be gloomy for a while but it just didn’t work-out. I had to settle for the fact that The Smiths were just a fantastic band saying things that I and a whole sub-cultured generation wanted to say and/or feel. They weren’t Peter Cetera and that was perfectly reasonable. 
This is now and over the decades Morrissey has done his best to keep the ole downtrodden fires going, with varying degrees of fan and critical acceptance. One thing is certain, he still has a way with words.
“The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it’s generally assumed – quite rightly – that the number one chart positions are ‘bought’ by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don’t think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular.” – SP Morrissey
Well then, Morrissey has recently signed with Universal Musics’ mini label Harvest which has the bleak observer recording his first of two contractual albums in France as I type this out. Expect to see that hit the stores near the holiday season. 
The Moz Man has also announced new tour dates that could possibly go off without any problems. Which will see Cliff Richards and Tom Jones making appearances here and there…Wait, what? 

I told ya, smitten. Well since then The Moz-Man has let us in on the title of said new album; World Peace Is None Of Your Business, has kicked of his much anticipated tour and is living up to his storied ways. Pick a story from last week, any story.

Then comes this video (below) of Morrissey w/ long-time pal Nancy Sinatra in a spoken word promo of the title track. What does it all mean?

I do know that the album will be released in July, sooner than first thought, and there is a track list:

‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’
‘Neal Cassady Drops Dead’
‘I’m Not A Man’
‘Earth Is The Loneliest Planet’
‘Staircase At The University’
‘The Bullfighter Dies’
‘Kiss Me A Lot’
‘Smiler With Knife’
‘Kick the Bride Down the Aisle’
‘Oboe Concerto’

Hop over to iTunes for the new single and more…Good Times. 
Remaining Tour Dates: 
  • 16.05 – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 17.05 – Denver, CO
  • 19.05 – Lincoln, NE
  • 20.05 – Lawrence, KS
  • 22.05 – Dallas, TX
  • 24.05 – Austin, TX
  • 25.05 – Beaumont, TX
  • 27.05 – Memphis, TN
  • 28.05 – Nashville, TN
  • 30.05 – St. Petersburg, FL
  • 31.05 – Miami, FL
  • 04.06 – Atlanta, GA
  • 07.06 – Boston, MA
  • 10.06 – Baltimore, MD
  • 13.06 – Chicago, IL
  • 14.06 – Flint, MI
  • 16.06 – Lewiston, NY
  • 17.06 – Wilmington, DE
  • 06/19 – Hershey, PA
  • 06/21 – New York, NY (w/ Cliff Richards) 

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