"Without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring," he says
Morrissey has claimed that his upcoming London shows are likely to be his final UK performances.
Morrissey is due to play two consecutive nights at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on September 20 and 21.
In a statement posted on quasi-official fan site True To You, Morrissey blamed the decision on a lack of interest from UK record labels.
He was dropped from Harvest last year, after the release of his latest studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
In his statement, dated September 17, Morrissey wrote:
“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. 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 … ”
Prior to the London shows this weekend, Morrissey is backing a pop-up shop at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Morrissey’s Mporium merchandise shop will open between Friday, September 18, and Monday September 21 from 10:30am-5pm each day.
A limited number of Your Arsenal and Vauxhall And I vinyl signed by Morrissey will be available at the shop alongside other official merchandise. Engraved, numbered and dated Battersea Dog and Cat tags will also be available to fans.
Twenty-five copies of each album will be available on vinyl for each day of opening and will be strictly limited to one per customer only.
Meanwhile, Morrissey’s debut novel, List Of The Lost, will be published on September 24, 2015 at £7.99.
The press release contains the following notes written by Morrissey.
“Beware of the novelist … intimate and indiscreet … pompous, prophetic airs … here is the fact of the fiction … an American tale where, naturally, evil conquers good, and none live happily ever after, for the complicated pangs of the empty experiences of flesh-and-blood human figures are the reasons why nothing can ever be enough. To read a book is to let a root sink down. List of the lost is the reality of what is true battling against what is permitted to be true”.
News of the novel first broke on August 22 via quasi-official fansite, True To You.
According to a post dated August 22, “Morrissey’s first novel, List of the Lost, will be published by Penguin Books (UK) at the end of September. The book will be issued in softcover/paperback as a New Fiction title, and comes almost two years after Morrissey’s very successful Autobiography publication of October 2013.
“Penguin Books will confirm an on sale date within this coming week. List of the Lost will be available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.”
Morrissey launched his memoir at a book signing in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 17, 2013.
The book topped the best sellers chart in its first week of sale, selling just under 35,000 copies according to sales figures in trade magazine The Bookseller.
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