28 Facts About Morrissey

1. In 2013, Morrissey released an autobiography, which was called, simply, Autobiography.

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2. In 1988, Morrissey kicked off his solo career with the well-received album Viva Hate, which climbed to No 48 on the US charts.

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3. On 1 November 2018, Morrissey released a music video for his cover of the Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" to promote a double-vinyl reissue of Low in High School announced for 7 December 2018.

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4. On 12 November 2012, Morrissey announced that he would be continuing his North American tour adding 32 cities beginning in Greenvale, New York on 9 January and ending in Portland, Oregon on 8 March.

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5. At a Dublin concert in June 2004, Morrissey announced the death of Ronald Reagan and said he would have preferred if George W Bush had died instead.

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6. In response, Dickson Wright stated: "Morrissey is encouraging people to commit acts of violence and I am constantly aware that something might very well happen to me.

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7. In January 2006, Morrissey attracted criticism when he stated that he accepts the motives behind the militant tactics of the Animal Rights Militia, saying "I understand why fur-farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence—it is because they deal in violence themselves and it's the only language they understand".

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8. In June and July 2011, Morrissey played a UK tour, mainly consisting of small venues in the north of Britain; played the Glastonbury Festival and headlined the Hop Farm Festival.

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9. In March 2011, it was announced that Morrissey was now under the management of Ron Laffitte.

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10. In a November 2005 statement, Morrissey said that Joyce had cost him £600,000 in legal fees alone and approximately £1,515,000 in total.

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11. Around the time of the band's formation, Morrissey decided that he would be publicly known only by his surname, with Marr referring to him as "Mozzer" or "Moz".

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12. The young Morrissey was a keen fan of the television soap opera Coronation Street, which focused around working-class communities in Manchester; he sent proposed scripts and storylines to the show's production company, Granada Television, although all were rejected.

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13. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions and reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart thrice.

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14. In 2006, Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon in a poll held by the BBC's Culture Show.

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15. In February 2006, Morrissey stated he had been interviewed by the FBI and by British intelligence after speaking out against the American and British governments.

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16. In his autobiography, Morrissey mentions a relationship with a younger Italian man, known only as "Gelato", with whom he sought to buy a house around 2006.

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17. In a press release, Morrissey stated, "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals".

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18. As of a 2015 interview with Larry King, Morrissey is a vegan.

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19. In November 2017, Morrissey announced his first UK tour since 2015.

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20. In early 2007, Morrissey left Sanctuary Records and embarked on a Greatest Hits tour.

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21. In 2002, Morrissey returned with a world tour, culminating in two sold-out nights at the Royal Albert Hall, during which he played as-yet unreleased songs.

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22. In September 1995, Morrissey served as the support act for the European leg of Bowie's Outside Tour.

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23. In 1995 the compilation album World of Morrissey was released, containing largely B-sides.

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24. In the autumn of 1994, Morrissey recorded five songs at South London's Olympic Studios.

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25. In July 1992, Morrissey released the album Your Arsenal, which peaked at number 2 in the album chart.

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26. In August 1978, Morrissey was briefly introduced to the 14-year old Johnny Marr by mutual acquaintances at a Patti Smith gig held at Manchester's Apollo Theatre.

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27. In 1988, Morrissey launched his solo career with Viva Hate.

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28. On Thursday, Morrissey shared his cover of The Pretenders' 1982 hit "Back on the Chain Gang", with an accompanying music video.

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