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

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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.

Tour dates:
February Something is Squeezing My Skull
Mama Lay Softly On The RiverbedBlack CloudI’m Throwing My Arms Around ParisAll You Need Is MeWhen I Last Spoke To CarolThat’s How People Grow UpOne Day Goodbye Will Be FarewellIt’s Not Your Birthday AnymoreYou Were Good In Your TimeSorry Doesn’t HelpI’m OK By Myself E-mail

The album carries the memoir-ish title Years Of Refusalalbums) and, um, Lost Highway Records (the 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.


28 - Boca Raton, Fla. @ Mizner Park

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

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:

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