Morrissey has announced a six-date U.K. arena tour this March.
The former Smiths frontman will kick-off his rare homecoming trek with a show March 13 in Nottingham, before visiting Bournemouth, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and wrapping things up March 27 in Birmingham. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning.
There’s no show pencilled in for London, though he did play a single date at the O2 Arena in the capital last November as his tour in support of World Peace Is None Of Your Business worked its way through Europe.
The upcoming gigs should help him to bury what was a particularly dramatic 2014, even by Morrissey’s own lofty standards. Morrissey had a high-profile falling-out with his U. S. label home Harvest Records, and his international trek was halted on more than one occasion by illness, poor luck and those intangibles which have shadowed him in recent years. The animal rights activist canceled two U.S. dates on his tour, citing sickness, and he nixed three shows and rescheduled two more when he reportedly missed his flight from London to Greece due to delays. He bailed early when he was heckled during a show in Warsaw, Poland.
Morrisey’s ruckus with Harvest still has steam. Just last week, the singer shared artwork for “The Bullfighter Dies,” a single which he says “was scheduled for global release by Harvest, but scrapped by Steve Barnett at the last minute.” The b-side, he told the True to You fansite, was the original French mix of the song “One of Our Own.”
Days earlier, he’d declared his “delight” when the matador Karla de los Angeles was gored in a bullring in Mexico City.