Morrissey lays out limited U.S., European treks
Following an impending Asian run, English icon Morrissey will head to the U.S. for a handful of shows before returning to Italy, all in continued support of his latest release, "The Very Best of Morrissey."
The former frontman for The Smiths will first complete a 12-date Asian leg before kicking off the five-city U.S. portion May 18 in Kahului, HI. Stops are also scheduled in California and Arizona.
So far, seven gigs have been confirmed in Europe, beginning with a July 5 appearance in Liege, Belgium, and wrapping up with a July 19 concert in Istanbul, Turkey.
In April 2011, Morrissey unveiled "The Very Best of Morrissey," a remastered collection of hit singles, B-sides and previously unreleased material. A bonus DVD featuring 11 videos and a rarely seen 1990 live performance of "I've Changed My Plea to Guilty" is also included in the set.
The latest collection comes two years after his most recent studio album, "Years of Refusal," which surfaced in February 2009 and peaked at No. 3 on the UK Albums chart and at No. 11 on The Billboard 200.
In related news, Morrissey is expected to release his autobiography later this year. In a July 2011 interview with NME, the singer discussed the long-awaited work.
"I see it as the sentimental climax to the last 30 years," he explained. "It will not be published until December 2012, which gives me just enough time to pack all I own in a box and disappear to central Brazil. The innocent are named and the guilty are protected."
19 - Sendai, Japan - Zepp Sendai
21 - Kawasaki, Japan - Club Citta
23, 24 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp Tokyo
26 - Fukuoka, Japan - Zepp Fukuoka
27 - Hiroshima, Japan - Blue Live
30 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Osaka
2 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp Nagoya
3 - Tokyo, Japan - Ebisu Garden Hall
8 - Singapore, Singapore - Kallang Theatre
10 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Tennis Indoor Senayan
13 - Pasay City, Philippines - World Trade Center
18 - Kahului, HI - Maui Arts & Cultural Center
19 - Honolulu, HI - Kakaako Waterfront Park
22 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Valley View Casino Center
23 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Music Hall
25 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Theater
5 - Liege, Belgium - Les Ardentes Festival
7 - Rome, Italy - Parco delia Musica Auditorium
8 - Genoa, Italy - Arena Del Mare
10 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
11 - Florence, Italy - Teatro deli'Opera di Firenze
13 - Grado, Italy - Diga Nazario Sauro
19 - Istanbul, Turkey - Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater