Morrissey cut off a concert last night (it was the encore, anyway) at San Jose's City National Civic Center when fans became overzealous in their attempts to rush the stage and hug the former Smiths frontman.
It’s a bit tough to see, from the fan-made footage, what was going on, but he cut the show off mid-song and did not return. But the show itself was noteworthy for other reasons: Moz debuted new songs from his long-awaited forthcoming album World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
Watch three views of the melee, and the two new tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...
In a lengthy Q&A on his website, Morrissey says he's writing a novel:
"In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it's generally assumed - quite rightly - that the number one chart positions are "bought" by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don't think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular. It's all, now, solely a question of marketing. All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know."
A two-year relationship Morrissey had with photographer Jake Owen Walters has been edited out of the version of Smiths frontman Morrissey's Autobiography published in the U.S. by G.P. Putnam, SPIN reports:
When the book first hit shelves in the U.K. via Penguin Classics, one of the major revelations came via the anecdotes that detailed Moz's time spent with the man. Though the book didn't specify whether they were lovers, the author's fondness is quite clear.
SPIN reports that not only does the U.S. edition remove a photograph of Walters as a boy included in the UK version, it also deletes other details:
It also seems Walters' name has been removed from a story about a night out with Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. WENN reports that these are two of "many details" that have been modified or redacted for this version of Autobiography. The two-year relationship, which inspired Moz to dub himself humasexual, took place in the mid-'90s.
Morrissey, an outspoken vegetarian, walked out on a first date after realizing the man was a meat-eater, PETA reports, excerpting the portion of Moz's Autobiography in which he discusses it:
As his food order arrives I stare intently at what appears to be a sloppy dish of dog food on his plate. … I therefore automatically stand up and walk out of the restaurant. Suddenly you come to a certain situation and you are unable to live with it, and the only protest you can make on behalf of the butchered animal is to depart the scene.
Though it wasn't a complete dealbreaker:
He obviously understood my sudden exit, and he had been curious enough to follow me home. He steps inside and he stays for two years.
Morrissey's memoir, published in the UK, has found a U.S. publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, the NYT reported today:
Several publishers were vying for the rights to release the book, which has already been reviewed in the United States after its publication as a 457-page Penguin Classic in Britain. Writing in The New York Times, Ben Ratliff said that the book, titled “Autobiography,” is “as sharp as it is tedious, both empathetic and pointlessly cruel,” adding that Morrissey, the former singer for The Smiths, is “a pop star of unusual writing talent.”
Expect the book to be available by December 1.
And the photo at the top of the post is not Morrissey, of course. It's vocal artist Peter Serafinowicz, who has posted a rather genius performance of himself singing the first page of Autobiography, to the tune of "William, It Was Really Nothing".
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...