News on Morrissey, Saves The Day, Grammy Auction

Morrissey will sit for a rare interview with journalist David Fricke as part of the upcoming South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The session will be held the afternoon of March 16; later that evening, Morrissey will play his first North American show since November 2004 at the Austin Music Hall.

The former Smiths frontman will be discussing his new album, "Ringleader of the Tormentors," due April 4 via Attack/Sanctuary. A European tour will follow, including a six-week run of shows in the United Kingdom, all of which are already sold out.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Rock act Saves The Day has re-signed with Vagrant, which will on April 4 release its next album, "Sound the Alarm." Produced by Steve Evetts (Story Of The Year, Dillinger Escape Plan), the set is the follow-up to 2003's DreamWorks effort "In Reverie," which has sold 127,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

After two albums with Equal Vision, Saves The Day inked with Vagrant for 2001's "Stay What You Are." In 2004, the label issued the rarities collection "Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides."

With new bassist Manny Carrero (Glassjaw) in tow, Saves The Day will begin a spring tour March 8 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and has dates on tap through May 7 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

A host of special items are up for grabs as part of the 48th Grammy Charity Online Auction, which launches tomorrow (Jan. 31) at and will run through Feb. 16. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation.

Fans can bid on the chance to sing backup vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama" at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, an autographed Burt Bacharach piano, memorabilia from Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow, a Baldwin grand piano signed by Jamie Foxx and Herbie Hancock and Rowe Furniture chairs with slipcovers decorated by Gavin Rossdale and Suzanne Vega.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.