Morrissey to Launch U.S. Tour: Full Dates
Tom Jones and Cliff Richard will open at two of the shows; Moz will hit cities as diverse in size as New York City and Flint, Michigan during the 25-date tour
After a series of ailments forced him to nix performances across the U.S. and South America last year, Morrissey will return to the States this spring for an extended tour.
The British legend kicks off the trek May 7 in San Jose, followed by May 10 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, wrapping up June 21 in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. In between are 20-plus dates in cities ranging from Denver to Nashville to Boston, as well as often overlooked markets including Flint, Mich. and Hershey, Penn.
Billboard can confirm the full itinerary (below), which was first posted to fan zine True to You. An official announcement is coming Friday morning (Feb. 14).
For two of the shows, Morrissey has enlisted major star-power to open for him: Tom Jones in Los Angeles and Cliff Richard in Brooklyn. Frequent tour mate Kristeen Young, a singer-keyboardist from St. Louis, will open all dates.
"About a month ago, my agent called on the phone and said '(Morrissey) invited you to be on the show,'" Richard tells Billboard. "I said, 'Are you sure?' I mean, Morrissey and Cliff Richard? We're poles apart... So I definitely got them to check it out and see if there was any sort of ulterior motive. They came back and said, 'Morrissey has always been a fan.' 'You're kidding me!' I don't really believe that, but I'll accept it. It's an exciting opportunity. You never know what's going to happen in this life of rock 'n' roll."
A bleeding ulcer and a case of Barrett's esophagus led the former Smiths frontman to cancel numerous concerts in 2013, an eventful year that also saw the release of his best-selling autobiography.
Morrissey recently signed to Harvest Records, an imprint of Capitol, and is working on a new album, the followup to 2009's "Years of Refusal."
Confirmed Tour Dates
May 7: San Jose CA City - National Civic Auditorium
May 10: Los Angeles CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena
May 13: El Paso TX - Plaza Theater
May 14: Albuquerque NM - Sunshine Theater
May 16: Salt Lake City UT - Kingsbury Hall
May 17: Denver CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
May 19: Lincoln NE - Rococo Theatre
May 20: Lawrence KS - Liberty Hall
May 22: Dallas TX - Majestic Theatre
May 24: Austin TX - Austin Music Hall
May 25: Beaumont TX - Julie Rogers Theatre
May 27: Memphis TN - Orpheum Theatre
May 28: Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium
May 30: St Petersburg FL - Mahaffey Theater
May 31: Miami FL - Knight Concert Hall
June 4: Atlanta GA - Cobb Energy Center
June 6: Atlantic City NJ - Revel Ovation Hall
June 7: Boston MA - Boston Opera House
June 10: Baltimore MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
June 13: Chicago IL - Civic Opera House
June 14: Flint MI - James Whiting Auditorium
June 16: Lewiston NY - Artpark Main Stage Theater
June 17: Wilmington DE - Grand Opera House
June 19: Hershey PA - Hershey Theatre
June 21: New York NY - Barclays Center Arena