February 28, 2024

Certain! Morrissey in Brazil in 2023 for two shows

After the mystery and speculation, Morrissey’s return to Brazil was confirmed. The legendary Smiths singer will appear twice at the Capitals in September.

The passage of 40 years of the professional tour will kick off in São Paulo, on September 27, at the Moviestar Arena. With no expected dates, the second show will be in Brasilia, on September 30, at the Opera House.

Confirmation of offers is available on the website Morrissey Centera web page where the artist posts thoughts and updates about his career.

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Morrissey

Born on May 22nd, Stephen Patrick Morrissey is a shy and awkward young man who rose from obscurity to become one of the most influential figures in music. His journey began with an obsession with movies and music, which led him to write a fanzine dedicated to New York Dolls and express his opinions in the weekly music magazine Melody Maker.

In the 1970s punk scene, he dabbled in musical projects such as Slaughter & the Dogs and Nosebleeds. However, in 1982 Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr, and the collaboration between the two quickly became one of the most prolific in British pop history. The release of the Smiths’ debut single “Hand in glove”—a song that dealt with the subject of homosexuality— catapulted them into underground stardom in the UK.

As Morrissey rose to prominence, his ability to manipulate the media became apparent. His interviews have always been marked by explosive opinions, often intended to shock the audience. His performances, with flowers in his back pockets and hearing aids, as well as his avowed celibacy, sparked heated discussion about the band and the singer’s sexuality.

Gifted with deep irony as a lyricist, Morrissey was often misunderstood, leading people to believe he was defending the absurdities he spoke about. The hype around the band only grew.

The Smiths’ self-titled debut album, released in 1984, was a smash hit. Subsequently, Morrissey began to express his political views, harshly criticizing the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and championing vegetarianism – which gave the name to Smith’s second album, Meat Is Murder. In 1986, “The Queen Is Dead” was considered a masterpiece, but Morrissey and Marr were no longer on the same page. The guitarist left the band after the release of “Strangeways, Here We Come”, prompting Morrissey to quit The Smiths and start a solo career.

Feeling betrayed by Marr’s departure, Morrissey collaborated with producer Stephen Street on the songs “Suedehead” and “Everyday is like Sunday”, with good results. His debut solo album, “Viva hate”, was well received, but Morrissey was slow to release his second album, “Kill uncle”, which coincided with the emergence of a new music scene in Manchester, with bands such as Stone Roses, Charlatans and Happy Mondays dominating the radio. Morrissey was considered a relic of the past.

Despite the solid record “Your Arsenal,” a throwback to 70s satirical rock produced by legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, Morrissey kept a low profile in England. It was then that he took refuge in the United States, where his popularity only grew. Tickets for a show at the legendary Hollywood Bowl sold out quickly, even tickets for The Beatles’ concert at the same venue sold out.

His confidence renewed, Morrissey released a string of records on many different labels, including Vauxhall and I, Morrissey’s World Compilation, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted. However, it ended up being swallowed up by the ruthless American market. Without a label, he continued to be famous for his concerts, but went seven years without releasing new music until 2004, when he finally released “You’re the Quarry”. Sharp as ever, the album restored him to the status of a live rock legend in both England and America.