morrissey wrangles with nme, plans tour


Morrissey’s legal battle with NME continues. He believes the publication libeled him in a 2007 article, taking quotes out of context to create a sensationalist immigration angle. An English publication sensationalist?

The Morrissey camp released a statement today via fansite True to You clarifying the case. It reads in part:

“When the interview appeared in print, Morrissey’s replies and [writer Tim] Jonze’s questions had been altered, and the interviews heavily edited, in order to bring the issue of racism to the fore and to make Morrissey appear racist and hypocritical. In spite of Jonze’s original outrage, he has now come out on the NME’s side following legal proceedings being issued by Morrissey’s lawyers.

Morrissey regrets the outcome of the interview with Tim Jonze, which only [former NME editor] Conor McNicholas had the power to re-write. Morrissey believes that the NME’s position is unsupportable, not least because the interview tapes exist and the printed interview transcripts exist and, on the examination of both, the conduct of the NME is there for all to see.”

The article in question was published in the November 28, 2007 issue of NME — fansite Morrissey-solo has a scan of the article here, here and here. A few of the zingers attributed to Morrissey:

“…with the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.

“You can’t say ‘Everybody come into my house, sit on the bed, have what you like, do what you like.’ It wouldn’t work.

“I don’t think [the comments are] inflammatory, they’re a statement of fact. Whatever England is now, it’s not what it was and it’s lamentable that we’ve lost so much.”

Court proceedings in the libel case had stalled since May 2008, prompting NME to try to have the case dropped. However as the BBC reports, last month a judge ruled Morrissey has a “very serious” claim and a “credible” explanation for delaying. An actual trial isn’t expected until next summer at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Moz will kick off a North American tour later this month with TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live November 23rd and Conan November 29th. Odds are he’ll perform a couple of his new songs, which are part of a completed album that’s just waiting for a label to agree to release it.

Here are “People Are the Same Everywhere” and “Action Is My Middle Name,” two unreleased tracks that made it into Morrissey’s Glastonbury set this summer:

Morrissey 2011 Tour Dates:

11/10 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
11/14 San Antonio TX @ Majestic Theater
11/15 Austin,TX @ Bass Concert Hall
11/17 Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/19 Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Center
11/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/22 Escondido, CA @ California Center for the Arts
11/25 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Chelsea Ballroom
11/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
11/28 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
12/01 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
12/05 Monterrey @ Arena
12/07 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa
12/08 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa
12/10 Puebla @ Auditorio del Complejo Cultural Universitario
12/12 Guadalajara @ Diana
12/13 Guadalajara @ Diana


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