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Is Morrissey about to retire from touring?

on September 17, 2015, 11:07pm

Morrissey’s inability to find a record label may have repercussions beyond the lack of new music. In a statement posted to True To You on Thursday, the veteran singer-songwriter said his forthcoming shows at London’s Hammersmith Ballroom are “likely to be our final ever UK shows,” explaining, “without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring.”

According to an interview conducted back in April, Morrissey has three albums’ worth of new material ready to record, but “none of the [major labels] are interested.” He pointed to his age and the fact that he doesn’t use “silly electric beats” as the reason for the lack of interest, and he also said he has no desire to crowd fund a release.

Morrissey’s last album came in the form of 2014’s World Peace is None of Your Business, but he split from his record label Harvest Records shortly following its release.

It’s unclear whether Morrissey intends to cease touring altogether, though he does have several more shows scheduled across Europe and South America in the ensuing months. However, one has to imagine that Morrissey’s disinterest to tour behind World Peace… would extend worldwide, and not just England.

Read Morrissey’s full statement below:

“There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience … throughout 28 years … but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine … “

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