Morrissey at The O2
Updated: 26 August 2014
Morrissey will play a one-off show this November at London’s The O2 arena.
The iconic musician will head to the capital on 24 November to play his only confirmed UK date, which is part of his European tour.
Morrissey’s long-awaited live return follows on from the release of his latest solo album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, and with just the one UK show tickets will be in high demand to see the former Smiths frontman.
Moz, Mozza, Mozzer or even just The Pope of Mope; throughout the years Morrissey has landed himself a fair few nicknames and a reputation.
Starting out as out the frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey earned his name as an exquisite songwriter penning the hits such as That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and The Ordinary Boys.
The Smiths formed in 1982 after Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr. The duo struck up a song-writing partnership and, together with drummer Mike Joyce and bass player Andy Rourke, they went on to release The Smiths (1984), Meat is Murder (1985) and The Queen Is Dead (1986).
It was following the release of The Queen Is Dead that Rourke left the band for two weeks to be replaced by Craig Gannon. However, Rourke re-joined and Gannon stayed. They went on to release Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) but disbanded before the album was actually released.
During the 8O’s, Morrissey also found time to write and publish three books. The first was The New York Dolls in 1981, which was about his favourite band, with the second, James Dean Is Not Dead (1983) about the actor James Dean. His third book, Exit Smiling, was published in 1998 but was written in 1980.
Morrissey's solo career
After The Smiths Morrissey pursued a solo career releasing his debut solo album, Viva Hate, in 1988 just six months after Strangeways, Here We Come. It debuted in the UK Charts at No.1 and as a solo artist Morrissey has entered the Top 10 ten times.
Morrissey went on to release Kill Your Uncle (1991), Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995), Maladjusted (1997), You Are The Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), Years of Refusal (2009) and World Peace Is None Of Your Business (2014).
Along with his music career, Morrissey has been known to make a statement, which can be seen through his work along with in interviews. Notably The Smith’s album Meet is Murder reflects Morrissey’s vegetarian beliefs.
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