Rock Icon Morrissey Comes to Florida
Globally-renowned recording and performing artist Morrissey will be making two stops in Florida as part of his most recent U.S. tour, ahead of the release of his new album World Peace is None of Your Business. He returns to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and makes his Adrienne Arsht Center debut in Miami, performing in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. His St. Petersburg concert date is Friday, May 30 at 8:15 p.m., and his Miami concert date is Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m. At these concerts, Morrissey will perform greatest hits from his 30-year career as frontman for The Smiths and as a solo artist.
“Bringing Morrissey back to Miami after a long hiatus is especially exciting for us and we are sure it will be for the legions of fans he has had in South Florida for decades. We are always pleased when musical superstars choose to play in the intimacy of our acoustically superb Knight Concert Hall — a rewarding experience for audiences and artists alike,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center.
The Morrissey tour will come on the heels of the completion of his aforementioned Harvest Records debut album — the artist’s first since 2009’s Years of Refusal — recorded in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. Joining Morrissey on tour will be his longtime band, including Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Solomon Walker (bass), Matthew Walker (drums) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards). Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Kristeen Young will join Morrissey as his special guest on both dates.
The sexually fluid Morrissey revealed many juicy life details in his recent Autobiography, which became one of the fastest-selling memoirs in the UK upon its release in October and set first-week sales records when it entered the UK charts at #1 (a slot it held for five weeks). Autobiography has been widely acclaimed, with The Telegraph calling it “the best written musical autobiography since Bob Dylan’s Chronicles” in its 5-star review.
Morrissey’s solo career began in 1988, after the dissolution of The Smiths, with the release of Viva Hate. His influence on music and culture has continued to grow over the past 25 years through the release of nine globally acclaimed studio albums and an array of singles, rarities collections and live recordings. He is renowned as one of the world’s most legendary and influential performing artists of all time, recently exemplified in last year’s concert film, Morrissey 25: Live, recorded in March 2013 at a rare intimate show at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.
The Independent famously wrote that “most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime” and Pitchfork regards him as “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture.”
Tickets for Morrissey with special guest Kristeen Young cost $55, $69, $79 and $89.50 for the St. Petersburg concert date and $59.50, $79.50 and $99.50 for the Miami concert date. To buy tickets in St. Petersburg, visit themahaffey.com or call the box office at (727) 892-5767. To buy tickets in Miami, visit arshtcenter.org or call the box office at (305) 949-6722.