Feb 19

Morrissey USA tour dates announced

Morrissey returns on tour beginning May 7 in San Jose CA. He’ll continue to US cities including Miami, Boston, and Atlanta to name a few.

Joining Morrissey on the bill at the Los Angeles Sports Arena is the Welsh Wonder of the World, Tom Jones. New York will see Sir Cliff Richard as support.

Kristeen Young returns as support for all the US shows, and this week, I have a brand new song to play from Kristeen’s forthcoming album “Knife Shift”.

Jan 21

Morrissey signs 2-record deal with Capitol

After he’d all but given up last year to land a deal with a “grown-up” label, it was announced that Morrissey is set to record his first album since 2009’s Years of Refusal.

Recording will begin February 1st in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli at the helm. As if that’s not great news already, Morrissey looks forward to a tour immediately following the release of this record.

The band’s line-up will have Boz Boorer (of course), Jesse Tobias, Gustavo Mansur and the return of the Walker Brothers Solomon and Matt.

I’d love to see you all at either or both of my live DJ appearances this weekend. Saturday night Jan. 25, I’m hosting the Moz Disco once again at Mal’s Bar 2331 S. Hill St. Downtown L.A. Then, the following night Sunday Jan. 26 I’m guest DJ-ing at The Echo for David Bowie night in Echo Park.

See you there, Breakfast Champions.

Jan 7

Morrissey to write a novel?

In a recent Q&A discussion on his website, Morrissey says that due to the success of his autobiography he’s been inspired to write a novel. No word on what it’s about or even when he plans on releasing it.

Morrissey does, however, mention that he’ll be in the studio recording an album of new material with his band and Tony Visconti at the helm, presumably.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Elvis Presley and David Bowie and speaking of the Jean Genie himself, Morrissey says that he had hopes of recording a cover of “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” with Bowie singing Bill Medley’s part. Unfortunately, Visconti was not able to convince his longtime friend.

My tribute band, Sweet and Tender Hooligans, will be in San Diego this Saturday night January 11th at The Casbah.

Thanks for listening, Breakfast Champions.

–Jose

Dec 18

Signed copy of Autobiography for auction

Morrissey and PETA are currently auctioning a one-of-a-kind hardback edition of this Autobiography to benefit the animal charity. The book remains at number 3 on the bestseller list in the UK.

Answer to last week’s trivia question:

Q: When is Johnny Marr’s wife’s Angie’s birthday?

A: Same as his. Oct. 31

Here’s list of my upcoming live DJ appearances and Sweet and Tender Hooligans gigs:

Dec. 22 –* DJ appearance * The Echoplex, Echo Park CA. Morrissey/The Smiths night

Dec. 31 — * DJ appearance * La Cita Bar 336 S. Hill St. Downtown L.A. New Year’s Eve spinning a variety of classic indie bands, Britpop and the best of the glam rock era.

Jan. 4 — * Sweet and Tender Hooligans * Anaheim House of Blues, Anaheim CA Morrissey/The Smiths tribute band with special guest The Curse.

Jan. 11 — * Sweet and Tender Hooligans * The Casbah, San Diego CA

Dec 10

Morrissey at Nobel Peace Prize event airs tonight

AXSTV is airing Morrissey’s performance at the Nobel Peace Prize event tonight at 8pm Pacific Time. Check your local listings.

1992’s Your Arsenal will be re-issued in late February and it will include a live DVD from an October 1991 show at the Shoreline Amphitheater.

I’m guest DJ-ing again at The Echo Sunday Dec. 22nd for Morrissey/The Smiths night. Always a fun time over there and a pleasure to meet all of you in person. Come on out and say hello, Breakfast Champions!

Nov 27

Morrissey to play at Nobel Peace Prize event

Morrissey is playing 3 songs in Oslo, Norway. Back in the band for this show is drummer Matt Walker. No word yet if there will be more shows to look forward to around the time of this event, but certainly a surprise for all of us.

Track listings for Morrissey’s new single have surfaced. A cover of Lou Reed’s Satellite of Love will feature live tracks on the b-side, as well as a track from 1992’s Your Arsenal “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side”. Perhaps a re-issue in the near future?

Nov 13

Morrissey sighted at Sparks show at The Fonda

There is a mutual admiration between Russ and Ron Mael of Sparks and Morrissey, so it was no surprise to me that he’d be taking in their show at The Fonda Theatre. All of my experiences meeting Morrissey have been pleasant, so I don’t want to push my luck. (I can only screw things up at this point).

Well, Morrissey was there indeed along with Jesse Tobias and another friend and we quickly shook hands before he was whisked away by his friends. The whole exchange took about 4 seconds, but like every time I meet Morrissey, it was electric. I told him, “it’s not every day that I get to shake hands with a best-selling author”.

April Richardson got up the courage, took a deep breath and introduced herself to him just before the show began and she was, of course, ecstatic.

Sparks put on a delightful show with only Russ and Ron on stage, no back-up band, just piano and vocal. A great way for them to wrap up their North American tour in their hometown.

Nov 6

Great set by Johnny Marr

I caught the show at The Fonda Theatre last Saturday and along with everyone in the audience was very impressed with Johnny’s set. He’s really become quite the frontman and you’d think he was always center stage. Not surprisingly, people were most delighted to hear the sprinkling of Smiths classics, but that did not distract from the songs from Johnny Marr’s latest album, The Messenger. “New Town Velocity” seems to be the universal favorite from everyone I spoke to after the show. The extended encore also treated us to a cover of “I Fought the Law” which more resembled The Clash’s take on the Bobby Fuller original.

April Richardson, along with several others, waited behind the venue to greet Johnny Marr after the show and much to everyone’s delight, he cheerfully met every fan and signed any and every autograph with pleasure. A true professional.

Thanks to every listener who came up to me before or after the show to say hello, shake hands or take a picture. After a while, when you speak into a microphone on a radio station you begin to wonder if there’s anyone on the other side of it. It was nice to know that there is.

 

 

Oct 29

Happy Birthday Johnny Marr

Halloween baby Johnny Marr blows out 50 candles this year and he’ll be spending it with us here in Southern California at the Anaheim House of Blues. In addition, he’ll be at The Fonda Theater and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery this week. Catch some tracks from Johnny’s solo album “The Messenger” in the 2nd hour of this week’s broadcast.

 

Oct 22

April Richardson and I discuss Autobiography

Morrissey’s long-awaited Autobiography has, by now, arrived in the mail for most of us. Dear friend and fellow Morrissey fanatic, April Richardson stops by and we discuss the various revelations, observations and punctuations of this marvelous look into the life of our hero.

Catch April on E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately or check out her podcast. Always a delight to have her in the studio with me.

 

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