Morrissey can't refuse new album, spring U.S. tour

December 18, 2008  |  12:00pm

Steven Patrick Morrissey—lyrical genius, fashion plate, vegetarian mouthpiece, cantankerous interview subject, Smiths braintrust, spotty solo artist and all-around provocateur—will release a new album in 2009, hitting the road soon after for a string of shows in the U.S.

The album carries the memoir-ish title Years Of Refusal, and it’s set to come out Feb. 17 as part of a joint venture between Attack Records (the label that released his last two solo albums) and, um, Lost Highway Records (the alt.country label that’s home to Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Hayes Carll and Mary Gauthier). Could it be that Moz has made a country record?!? We hope so. We really hope so. Please, please, please let us get what we want. 

Just as an aside, how much do you love this album cover? The thicket of chest hair, the stylish wristwatch, the upturned chin, the disproportionately humongous baby perched on Mozzer’s hip—it’s all such an effortless blend of Serious Artistry and camp. Which is to say, it’s such a Morrissey move.

Morrissey will tour the United States in support of this new album. Some tickets go on sale this weekend; some are already on sale via Ticketmaster. The tour dates and the album tracklist are below.

Tour dates:

 

February

28 - Boca Raton, Fla. @ Mizner Park

March
1 - Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
3 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ Florida Theatre
4 - St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Landing
6 - Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues
7 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
9 - Asheville, N.C. @ Orange Peel
11 - Durham, N.C. @ Durham Performing Arts Center
13 - Richmond, Va. @ The National
14 - Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theater
17 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Carnegie Music Hall
19 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Center for the Arts
21 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
22 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Academy of Music
25 - New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
26 - New York, N. Y. @ Carnegie Hall)
28 - Mashantucket, Conn. @ Foxwoods
29 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
31 - Ann Arbor, Mich. @ Michigan Theater

April
1 - Columbus, Ohio @ Palace Theater
3 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Eagles Ballroom
4 - Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon Ballroom
6 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ State Theater
7 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Midland Theater
8 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Pageant Theater
10 - Dallas, Tex. @ Palladium Ballroom
11 - Houston, Tex. @ Jesse H. Jones Hall
12 - Austin, Tex. @ Bass Concert Hall
14 - El Paso, Tex. @ Chavez Theater
14 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater

Years of Refusal track list:

  1. Something is Squeezing My Skull
  2. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed
  3. Black Cloud
  4. I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
  5. All You Need Is Me
  6. When I Last Spoke To Carol
  7. That’s How People Grow Up
  8. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
  9. It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore
  10. You Were Good In Your Time
  11. Sorry Doesn’t Help
  12. I’m OK By Myself

Related links:
Blogs: Ctrl-V: Observations after a Morrissey concert
News: The gloves come off in Morrissey vs. NME spat
YouTube: Morrissy performing “That’s How People Grow Up” on Letterman, with a vest-wearing backup band

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