Morrissey tour 2015
Updated: 13 January 2015
Morrissey will embark on a short tour of the UK in May 2015, which will include just six concerts around the country.
The singer-songwriter’s tour gets underway at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on 13 March. Morrissey’s tour will then visit the Bournemouth International Centre (14), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (18), Leeds’ Frist Direct Arena (20), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (21) and Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena (27).
Last year, the former Smiths frontman and iconic songwriter and lyricists performed only one concert in the UK following the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business. Morrissey’s 2015 tour is a chance for fans to see the iconic songwriter and lyricist live on stage.
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 create Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) but disbanded before the album was actually released.
During the 80s, Morrissey also found time to write three books. The first was The New York Dolls in 1981, which was about his favourite band. While his second novel, James Dean Is Not Dead (1983), was 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 was finally released. 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 about his beliefs, which can be seen through his work and during interviews. Notably The Smith’s album Meet is Murder reflects Morrissey’s vegetarian beliefs.