Goodbye Will Be Farewell?: Morrissey’s upcoming gigs will be his ‘final ever UK shows’
“One day goodbye will be farewell,” Morrissey sings on 2009 record Years Of Refusal. “So grab me while we still have the time.”
Take note, United Kingdom. That time could be now.
The former Smiths singer posted a statement on fan site True To You last night declaring that his two upcoming London gigs “are likely to be our final ever UK shows.” As the NME notes, Mozzer plays two consecutive nights starting Sunday at Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Tickets are still available.
Morrissey blames his alleged ongoing disinterest from labels as his reason to abandon the UK’s touring cycle.
“There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows,” he writes. “We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience … throughout 28 years … but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine … ”
Will the rest of Europe be next? The USA? Mexico? Is this a sign to come for the 56-year-old performer?