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Morrissey Announces Show At The Hollywood Bowl, Is Honored On Exit Sign Off 101 Freeway
It's kind of hard to mentally place Morrissey in a physical location. I'd imagine that he writes his songs in a kind of fortress of solitude, situated somewhere off the coast of Greenland. Or maybe at a remote cottage among a set of green, rolling hills.
But no. For Moz, it's Los Angeles (at least some of the time). He moved to L.A. in the mid '90s and has remained in the area—he also owns homes in other cities overseas. As for why he's adopted the Southland, it might be due to his devotion to veganism, or his relationship with Mexican-American fans. Whatever the reason, L.A. has long been a base for the former Smiths singer.
So it comes as no surprise that, while announcing his latest LP (Low in High School), he also dropped news that he'll be playing at one of L.A.'s most revered landmarks: the Hollywood Bowl. The show will take place on November 10, with Billy Idol tagging along as a special guest. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. this Friday at Ticketmaster.
It also looks like someone (possibly a press team) was ecstatic enough to honor Moz on an exit sign off the 101 Freeway—it seems to be on the southbound lanes by the Highland Avenue exit. The change possibly came either last night or very early this morning.
The November show comes after a string of cancellations at that end of 2016, notes the L.A. Times. In a very Morrissey-like message, the singer claimed that the U.S. dates were nixed thanks to mismanagement from "slippery industry incompetents."
This won't be the first time that Morrissey will play the Hollywood Bowl. In fact, there was a big dustup between him and Warner Music over the release of Morrissey: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a concert documentary about his 2007 show at the Bowl. The DVD was never given a proper release. Let's go back to Morrissey for the reasons why: "The slapdash release of Morrissey live at the Hollywood Bowl is done by Warner without any consultation to me whatsoever, and is in breach of their terms as laid out by themselves in an agreement made for the film between Warner and my ex-manager." He adds, "Being Warner, predictably the sleeve art is appalling. It is the work of cash-hounds, and I urge people NOT to buy it. I am not signed to Warner, and no royalties from this dvd will come to me. Please spend your money elsewhere."
He'd also played the Bowl in 1992; Variety gave it a mixed review for the brevity of the concert (18 songs in 75 minutes!), as well as the "overzealous security" that prevented fans from joining the singer on stage.
As for L.A. shows in recent times, Moz played the Staples Center in 2013 and made headlines when he demanded that the venue go meat-free for the night of his performance. He also played Hollywood High in 2013:
Low in High School is slated to drop on November 17. More tour dates for Morrissey are expected to be announced in the near future.