Morrissey , the legendary English singer-songwriter who rose to fame with The Smiths in the 1980s, is returning to San Diego. His shaky health in recent years appears to have improved significantly, even if his recording career is at a virtual standstill.
He will perform Aug. 20 at Observatory North Park (formerly the North Park Theatre). Tickets for the all-ages, general-admission concert are priced at $85 each. They go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through ticketweb.com.
Morrissey’s current tour is apparently designed to promote his 2014 album, “World Peace Is None of Your Business.” Accordingly, his Monday night concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, prominently featured songs from “World Peace,” in spite of the fact the record company that released it, Harvest, dropped Morrissey from its roster just a few weeks later it came out and recalled the album. No other record label has thus far been willing to re-release it (most likely because it would be expensive to acquire rights to “World Peace” from Harvest).
The good news is that Morrissey, 56, is back on tour at all.
Last June, he canceled the remaining nine dates of his U.S. tour after collapsing. In October, he disclosed he had been treated for cancer. In 2013, he postponed his U.S. tour after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. The same year saw him postpone shows in South America after suffering a case of what he described as severe food poisoning in Peru. In 2012, he canceled tour dates after being diagnosed with double pneumonia and a gastrointestinal problem called Barrett’s esophagus.
Morrissey was apparently ailment-free in 2007, when he says he was “kidnapped” in Tijuana, following his concert there at El Foro. Morrissey made this assertion in “Autobiograhy,” his best-selling 2013 autobiography. Contacted by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the promoters of that 2007 Tijuana concert firmly but politely questioned the veracity of Morrissey’s kidnapping story.
But that was then, and this is now, so let’s move on to a few new tart comments from the ever-acerbic Morrissey.
In a recent interview with the Boulder Weekly, he directed his ire at two familiar topics, the music industry and the state of pop music.
“There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise stories,” Morrissey lamented to the Boulder Weekly.
“Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such (acts) as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.”
He did, however, have some good words for his admirers, while taking a swipe at those who find him morose.
“Humor is a very personal thing,” Morrissey old the Boulder Weekly. “But I’m thankful that the people who consider me to be depressing are always in themselves very dull, whereas those who understand my humor are always very bright people.”