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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morrissey’s long-awaited biography is due this week. He has already scheduled an in-store signing in Sweden. Let’s hope he has one here in Los Angeles when he returns home.
All songs this week were selected by you, Breakfast Champions, so thanks for making it a good one. Be sure and let all your friends know that they can hear our broadcast 3 times a week. Sundays and Wednesdays 9am Pacific/noon Eastern/5pm UK and Fridays at 12:01am Pacific/8am UK.
The long awaited Morrissey autobiography is now available for pre-order. The book, published by Penguin Classics, hits the stores next week and already selling many pre-orders.
Johnny Marr returns to Southern California for some live shows at The Anaheim House of Blues, the Fonda Theatre and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Anaheim show, October 31st, happens to be Johnny’s birthday.
From The Queen is Dead album, not a song that gets requested a lot and is not usually the first song that comes to mind. I bring it up today because friend of the show and Moz Army matron Julie Hamill compiled a list of her top ten favorite cover versions. Ranking very highly on her list is Billy Bragg’s version of Never Had No One Ever. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen sometime. Bragg’s take on this one is stunning.
I hope you’ll make plans to come see my Morrissey/The Smiths tribute band Sweet and Tender Hooligans this Fri. Sep 27 at New Wave Bar in Bellflower, or Sat. Sep. 28 at That 80s Bar in Montclair.
It looks like we’ll be seeing Morrissey’s autobiography sometime soon through Penguin Classics after all. Late last week, according to Morrissey’s website the book fell through due to “content dispute”. Since then, we’ve learned that the book will be published after all. So, that’s the sound of me scratching my head and doing my best James Dean.
Either way, we’re all looking forward to reading all about Morrissey’s life journey in his own words. So far, the sleeve looks great. They’re using the same uncredited photo that was used on the sleeve of Greatest Hits.
It was great meeting some of you guys this last week at the Morrissey 25 Live screening at the Laemmle in Pasadena and at my DJ gig at The Echo. Thanks to all the Breakfast Champions who made it out.
I’m told that Gus made it to the Pasadena screening at the iPic and Boz Boorer was on hand in London to watch it. Both guys greeted the fans and even took pictures.
The biggest star of all at the iPic in Pasadena, was of course 9-year-old Devan who wore the same outfit he’s seen in on the big screen. I hope we can get him in the studio sometime, now that he’s a big star.