Rod Stewart Lyrics, Albums, Tours: A Complete Guide To The Legendary Singer

by Noiz 9. March 2014 17:35

Rod Stewart Lyrics, Albums, Tours: A Complete Guide To The Legendary Singer

I hope you like your legends in pairs.  Later this year, legendary rock singer Rod Stewart is teaming with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana for a co-headlining tour of North America.  Their trek begins May 23 in Albany, New York and ends Aug. 20 in Wantagh, New York.  The Stewart-Santana venture is sure to be one of the hottest concert tours of 2014.

They’re calling their North America excursion “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs.”  There are 18 dates on the docket including Santana and Rod Stewart in Vancouver, B.C. on Aug. 2; Santana and Rod Stewart in Kansas City on Aug. 14; and Santana and Rod Stewart in Rosemont, Illinois on Aug. 16.  While their outing spans three months, the majority of their concerts are slated for August.

Rod Stewart Accolades
Need further proof that Rod Stewart is a living legend?  Just check out this huge list of accolades Rod the “Mod” has earned over the years.  These aren’t necessarily the same thing as winning a Grammy, or charting a number one record, but they’re still very prestigious. 
>>Q Magazine named Rod Stewart the 33rd greatest singer of all-time.
>>Rolling Stone magazine named Rod Stewart the 59th greatest singer of all-time.
>>Billboard magazine ranked Rod Stewart the 17th most successful artist all-time on their Hot 100 chart.
>>Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
>>In 2001, Rod Stewart was the recipient of the first Diamond Award from the World Music Awards.  The trophy commemorates 100 million records sold worldwide. 
>>In 2005, Rod Stewart received GQ Magazine’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
>>Rod Stewart was awarded the CBE for “services to music” at Buckingham Palace in 2007.
>> In 2006, Rod Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
>>ASCAP bestowed on Rod Stewart their Founders Award in 2011.
>>In 2012, Rod Stewart was once again inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this time as a member of Faces.
>>James Brown once called Rod Stewart the “greatest white soul singer ever.”

Rod Stewart Bands        
Rod Stewart is generally known as a solo artist but over the years he’s been in quite a few bands.  Sure, most of them are mere footnotes in the history of rock and roll, but the last band he fronted, the Faces, as previously mentioned, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Ray Davies Quartet
The Ray Davies Quartet later became The Kinks.  Rock lore says Stewart was a member but in reality he probably did little more than jam (party) with Ray Davies and company.

Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions
In the fall of 1983, Stewart joined a rhythm and blues band called The Dimensions.  He played the harmonica and sang a little bit.  Jimmy Powell, who was an established singer at the time, hired The Dimensions as his backup band.  It didn’t take long before Stewart butted heads with Powell and call it quits.

All Stars/The Hoochie Coochie Men
Stewart was 19 when he was discovered by Long John Baldry and offered a job singing and playing harmonica with his band, The Hoochie Coochie Men (the first couple of days of Stewart’s tenure they were called the “All Stars”).  Although uncredited, Stewart made his first record with THCM.

The Steampacket (1965-1966)
The Steampacket is known as United Kingdom’s first “supergroup.”  Besides Stewart, the blues band also featured Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, and Vic Briggs.  Stewart left the fray in 1966 which caused Steampacket to lose steam and pack it up for good.  They never went into the recording studio but tapes of them rehearsing were released after their demise.  The Steampacket’s claim to fame is opening for the Rolling Stones during their 1965 tour of Great Britain.

Shotgun Express (1966-1967)
Shotgun Express released one single in 1966 called “I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round.”  It was overproduced and unsuccessful.  Stewart was not a big fan of Shotgun Express.  He believes it was a poor imitation of his former group, The Steampacket.  Shotgun Express not only counted Stewart among its ranks but Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green too.

Jeff Beck Group (1967-1969)
Up until his stint in the Jeff Beck Group, Stewart was an experienced but unsuccessful British blue-eyed soul singer.  As the lead singer of the Jeff Beck Group, Stewart finally began to find notoriety.  At the beginning of their U.S. tour Stewart suffered from tremendous stage shyness.  It dissipated the more they toured (and the more he drank).  Stewart recorded two albums with the Jeff Beck Group and both peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200.

Faces (1969-1975)
Usually, the lead singer ditches his band after they make him famous.  In Stewart’s case, he became famous as a solo artist and as the frontman of the Faces at the same time!  Stewart and the Faces released four really good albums with the best being their third offering, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse.  Stewart’s fame eventually caused the band to split.  Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, and Kenny Jones were also in the Faces.

Rod Stewart Great American Songbook
Rod Stewart’s career hit its zenith in the 1970s.  He also found success in the 1980s and 1990s but even Stewart admits that there were periods during those decades where he struggled to find his groove.  In 2002, Stewart recaptured his mojo, at least commercially, with a series of albums.  What makes this series interesting is the rock and roll singer didn’t sing rock and roll songs but selections from the “Great American Songbook.”  That’s a fancy name for songs composed by American composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jerome Kern.

It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook (2002)
>>Peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. 
>>Certified 3x Platinum.
>>Features a contribution from Chris Botti.

Highlights:
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
"The Way You Look Tonight"
"The Very Thought of You"

As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II (2003)
>>Peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified 2x Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Cher and Queen Latifah.

Highlights:
"The Very Thought of You"
"Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered"
"Someone to Watch Over Me"

Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III (2004)
>>Peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Bette Midler.

Highlights:
"Embraceable You"
"What a Wonderful World"
"Isn't It Romantic?"

Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV (2005)
>>Peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Elton John, Diana Ross, George Benson, and Chaka Khan.

Highlights:
"I've Got a Crush on You"
"Makin' Whoopee"
"My Funny Valentine"

Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V (2010)
>>Peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.

Highlights:
"That Old Black Magic"
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
"Moon River"

Rod Stewart Lyrics
You know Rod Stewart’s raspy vocals.  It’s probably the reason why you’re such a big a fan.  But how well do you know the lyrics that have come out of that voice?  Below, are ten lyrics taken from Rod Stewart’s iconic recording library.  Stewart didn’t write all these words but he definitely sang them.  If you can correctly identify five or six of the following lines then you’re a big Rod Stewart fan.  If you get seven or eight right then you’re a diehard Stewart fan.  If you manage to get ten out of ten then you’re probably Rod Stewart

  1. “My body stunk but I kept my funk/at a time when I was right out of luck”
  2. “You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided/You're the best team I've ever seen”
  3. “Don't let them put you down, don't let 'em push you around/don't let 'em ever change your point of view”
  4. “Kick off your shoes and sit right down/Loosen off that pretty French gown”
  5. "I had a crush on Bardot/Fell in love with Monroe"
  6. "Ever seen a blind man cross the road trying to make the other side/Ever seen a young girl growing old trying to make herself a bride "
  7. "I'll put on my weddin' suit and catch the evening train/I'll be home before the milk's upon the door"
  8. "Remember them basement parties, your brother's karate/the all day rock and roll shows/Them homesick blues and radical views/haven't left a mark on you"
  9. "Jekyll and Hyde the way I behave/Feel like I'm running on an empty gauge"
  10. "I've said goodbye so many times/the situation ain't all that new/Optimism's my best defense/I'll get through without you"

1 – “Every Picture Tells A Story”/ 2 – "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"/ 3 – “Young Turks”
5 – “Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”/ 5 – “Blondes (Have More Fun)”/ 6 – “Handbags and Gladrags”
7 – “Gasoline Alley”/ 8 – “You Wear It Well”/ 9 – “Infatuation”/ 10 – “Baby Jane”

Rod Stewart Myths
True or False: Rod Stewart was born shortly after a German V-2 rocket fell on a local police station.
>>False.  Stewart debunked this myth in his 2012 autobiography.  He said it was made up to sell records.  Stewart was born on Jan. 10, 1945, during the war, and rockets did land in and near his North London neighborhood but none near where he was born.

True or False: Rod Stewart is an avid model train enthusiast.
>>True.  Rod Stewart’s hobby is model trains.  He has a huge set on the third floor of his home that’s been featured in a model railway magazine. 

True or False: Rod Stewart played professional soccer.
>>False.  Stewart loves soccer but there’s no evidence that he ever signed with a club (the club in question is Brentford F.C.).  He probably trained with Brentford for a week or two but that’s it.  Stewart admits that he added fuel to this myth and says he just didn’t have the “enthusiasm” for the beautiful game.

True or False: Rod Stewart moved to America to avoid paying taxes.
>>True.  In 1975, Rod Stewart left England and relocated to Los Angeles.  He has never moved back.  He left to avoid his native government taking 90 percent of his earnings.  “It’s just not worth living in England anymore," Stewart told Melody Maker before his big transfer.

True or False: Rod Stewart worked as a gravedigger.
>>False.  Before becoming a professional singer, Stewart worked at Highgate Cemetery and at the North Finchley funeral parlor.  The legend says Stewart dug graves at Highgate to overcome a fear of death.  For years, Stewart indulged the fable.  In his 2012 autobiography, Stewart admitted to measuring plots but nothing more.   

True or False: Rod Stewart had his stomach pumped because it was full off...
>>False.  This type of rumor was around long before Stewart even thought about being a professional crooner.  It attached itself to Stewart in the 1970s.  The rumor states that Rod Stewart was rushed to hospital where he had his stomach pumped because it was full of male ejaculate.  Needless to say, the conditions that comprised the rumor are impossible.  In his 2012 autobiography, the singer blamed his connection to the rumor on a disgruntled former male assistant.  Stewart fired the assistant after he brought a man back to his hotel room.  A hotel room the assistant was sharing with Stewart’s son. 

Rod Stewart Records Sales
Rod Stewart is one of the bestselling music artists of all-time.  In a recording career that began in earnest in 1969, Stewart has moved more than 100 million albums.  Yes, he’s had some big hits and some big misses, but overall his sales have been steady.  In fact, he’s had an album certified Platinum in five straight decades (1970s to 2010s).

Rod Stewart’s Platinum Records (U.S. Only)
Every Picture Tells A Story (1971)
A Night On The Town (1976)*
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)#
Blondes Have More Fun (1978)#
Foolish Behaviour (1980)
Tonight I’m Yours (1981)
Out of Order (1988)*
Vagabond Heart (1991)
It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook (2002)#
As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook 2 (2003)*
Stardust: The Great American Songbook 3 (2004)
Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV (2005) 
Merry Christmas, Baby (2012)

* = 2x Platinum 
# = 3x Platinum

Rod Stewart Blondes
Rod Stewart loves the ladies especially the blonde ones.  Stewart says his penchant for blondes comes from his childhood when the two main sex symbols were Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.  Yep, those two women can do that to an adolescent boy.  Over the years, Stewart has been involved with a number of famous blondes and married thrice.  He’s sired eight kids from five different women.  His first child was born when he was 18 and his youngest child was born when he was 66.

Mothers & Kids
Susannah Boffey – Sarah Streeter born 1963
Alana Hamilton – Kimberley Alana Stewart born 1979, Sean Roderick Stewart born 1980
Kelly Emberg – Ruby Stewart born 1987
Rachel Hunter – Renee Stewart born 1992, Liam McAlister Stewart born 1994
Penny Lancaster – Alastair Wallace Stewart born 2005, Aiden Patrick Stewart born 2011

Wives
Alana Hamilton – married 1979 to 1984
Rachel Hunter – married 1990 to 2006
Penny Lancaster – married 2007 to present

Other Famous Relationships
Jennie Rylance (1965 to 1967)
Dee Harrington (1971 to 1975)
Britt Ekland (1975 to 1977)
Kelly Emberg (1983 to 1990)

Rod Stewart Concerts
What do you want to do when you’re 69 years old?  Or what were you doing when you were 69 years old?  In the case of Rod Stewart, who turned 69 on the tenth day of 2014, he’s out and about performing… a lot. 

>>On April 30, and all throughout May, Stewart continues his residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  He has nine shows planned for Sin City.

>>Also in May, Stewart launches “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” with Carlos Santana.   In May and early June, the duo has seven concerts on the books.  That includes Santana and Rod Stewart at the Mohegan Sun on May 25.

>>At the end of June, Stewart embarks on a 5-city stadium tour of the United Kingdom.  He’ll be in Brighton, Stoke-On-Trent, Taunton, Blackpool, and Falkirk.

>>From June 24 through July 5, Rod Stewart tickets will be collected in Europe for his “Live The Life Tour 2014.”  That six-concert jaunt has Stewart visiting cities in Germany, Austria, and Denmark.

>>Stewart resumes “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” on July 31 and he’ll see it through until Aug. 20.  During this month of concerts fans should look for Santana and Rod Stewart at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 10.  Nine days later, Santana and Rod Stewart visit the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Rod Stewart Voice
Rod Stewart is famous for his raspy voice.  He has one of the most recognizable voices in the history of popular music.  His celebrated chops were threatened in 2000 when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  He underwent successful surgery the same month he was diagnosed and then had to re-learn how to sing.  In interviews, Stewart downplays his bout with cancer and doesn’t feel like he’s a “survivor.”  Even so, ever since his diagnoses he’s been active in raising money for cancer research.

“I had thyroid cancer which is probably the easiest to get rid of; but if you leave it, then you're f**ked. But I didn't have a huge "battle with cancer".  We dealt with it early so I was lucky.  I couldn't sing for nine months and I was weighing up my options.  I was considering becoming a landscape gardener or going back to work in the sweet shop in Muswell Hill.” – Rod Stewart, 2006

Rod Stewart’s Top Ten Hits (U.S. Only)
Number Ones
"Maggie May" (1971)
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (1976)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978)
"All for Love" (with Bryan Adams and Sting) (1993)

 Number Three
"Downtown Train" (1989)

 Number Fours
“You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (1977)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No” (1988)

 Number Fives
"Passion" (1980)
"Young Turks" (1981)
"Rhythm of My Heart" (1991)
"Have I Told You Lately" (1993)

 Number Sixes
"Infatuation" (1984)
"Love Touch" (1986)

 Number Tens
"Some Guys Have All the Luck" (1984)
"This Old Heart of Mine" (with Ronald Isley) (1989)
"The Motown Song” (1991)

Rod Stewart Net Worth
Rod Stewart’s wealth has been estimated between $172.5 million and $220 million.  Either way, Stewart is a rich a man.  Allegedly, he likes to spend his money on clothes, cars, and ex-wives.  Besides that, Stewart is known as a skinflint.  He never carries any cash, every day he makes sure every cent of his empire is accounted for, and there are rumors that he makes his assistant mark his liquor bottles.  Stewart says he really worries about how his children view money.

Rod Stewart Quotes
Like most of the rockers from his generation, Rod Stewart seems like affable fellow.  He appears to be the type of guy you’d like to have a pint with while watching the big fixture.  What follows is a series of quotes that reveals the wit, wisdom, and humility of our rock and roll hero.  After perusing the following utterances, you’ll have a new appreciation for “Rod the Mod.”

>>"I'm not a great lover of Madonna's voice.  She's done very well with what she's got and I'm sure my voice turns her right off, but she's not my favorite singer."
>>“The one thing I am desperately ashamed of is the way I would finish relationships.”
>>“…yellow satin trousers, a blue tank top and a red fur boa tied around my waist, and little white shoes. That's the only regret I've got. Otherwise I stand by all my collection of clothes."
>>“Brewing a good cuppa is something not everyone can do and I loathe bad tea.”
>>“You know, James Brown once said that I was the greatest white soul singer ever."
>>“If the [Rolling] Stones would ever bloody finish, there would be a window of opportunity for the Faces.”
>>“I'm a better listener now than I've ever been before.  I listen more.  And I say ‘I love you’ a lot more than I used to.”
>>“One needs a good hobby, a good sport, a good girl, a good doctor and a good lawyer”
>>"I don't mind buying one round of drinks, but I am bloody well not going to buy another."
>>"It's bloody good fun being Rod Stewart - well, 90 per cent of the time."

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The 1975 To Make The 2014 Their Year

by Noiz 28. February 2014 09:01

The 1975 To Make The 2014 Their Year

A year you’re going to hear a lot of in 2014 is “The 1975.“  That’s an alternative rock band from Manchester and even though they’re still in their early- to mid-20s, they’ve been together for more than a decade. 

Why haven’t you heard of them before?  Is it because they angered Jimmy Iovine?  Was there a backlash against Mancunians?  Did the Illuminati hold them back?  The answer to all of those questions is no. 

From the start, they knew who they were and what they wanted to do but their music isn’t as straight forward as that.  Record labels heard their songs and immediately went into “we’ve got to change them” mode.  They feared audiences wouldn’t understand their music.  The 1975 disagreed and rejected such efforts to change. 

The band finally started to attract a large following of fans in August of 2012 with the release of their four-track EP, Facedown.  The band’s first album dropped in September of 2013.  It debuted at number one in the U.K. and peaked at 28 in the United States. 

The years that The 1975 were kept on the sidelines helped them.  It gave them time to mature, perfect their sound, and really plan what they want to do as musicians and artists.  If you hear these guys talk you’ll be impressed by their awareness, confidence, and intelligence.   

The 1975 know what they’re doing.

As for their music, they sound like a cross between the Artic Monkeys and American R&B.  They’ve said that they’re inspired by 1980s pop music including the band Scritti Politti.  You’ll definitely hear the Scritti Politti influence in songs like “Girls” and “Settle Down.” 

With all that being said, they do deviate from the formula.  Their debut U.S. single, “Sex” is sparse, ambient, and haunting.  Meanwhile, their track “The City” draws more from Muse and Bloc Party than it does from any R&B act.

The 1975 begins their conquest of America on April 13 at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in Indio, California.  On April 14, the band starts a robust tour of North America which doesn’t end until June 5 when The 1975 perform at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 1975 will be in San Francisco on April 17 and 18, Seattle on April 24, and Toronto on May 6 just to name a few of their big-time tour stops.  An early highlight of their itinerary is May 8 when The 1975 rock Terminal 5 in New York City.

The band can really bring it live.  They’re lively and electrifying on stage.  If you see The 1975 in concert you will become a fan.

Even though they’ve been reveling in obscurity they have opened for The Rolling Stones, Muse, and The Neighborhood.  They’ve also declined offers to tour with Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

The 1975 is comprised of frontman Matthew Healy, guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.  Healy is the son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy.  Those names mean little to Americans but in the U.K. everyone knows them thanks to their many television roles. 

The band got their epithet from a book of Beat poetry.  The book was dated “1 June, The 1975.”  The band thought the way the year was written was interesting and adopted it for their appellation. 

In 2014, The 1975 will also be in Boston (May 10), Washington D.C. (May 12), and Dallas on (May 29).

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Racing To U.S. Concert Venues This Spring

by Noiz 27. February 2014 13:21

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Racing To U.S. Concert Venues This Spring

Back in the day, it was difficult to introduce one’s self to new music.  Radio wasn’t the best place to hear fresh tracks and MTV only occasionally played first-hand tunes (I’m revealing my age).  If you really wanted to hear new artists you either had to raid someone’s superior music collection, or do what I frequently did, and buy an album “cold.” 

Yep, I used to buy albums from artists that I had never heard before.  Not only that, but I bought albums from bands I had never even heard of before.  I thought I might get lucky and find a hidden gem or my new favorite band.  Sometimes I’d go with a friend’s recommendation and sometimes I went with an album cover I thought was appealing.  Once in a while, I would buy an album solely because I liked the band’s name.

The internet put a stop to my penchant for buying music on speculation.  If it hadn’t, a band I would have differently purchased based on their name alone is the Detroit indie pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

I thought it was appropriate to bring them up now because a) NASAR driver Dale Earnhardt just won the Daytona 500 and b) the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is touring.

Instead of rushing out and “buying” one of the band’s two studio albums (It’s a Corporate World or The Speed of Things), I looked them up on YouTube.   

After watching a few videos—including the sweet and romantic “Simple Girl” (featuring one of the most beautiful women to ever star in a music video)—I then rushed out, during a “torrent” of rain, and “bought” both their albums.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is what MGMT should have become after Oracular Spectacular.   The band, which is basically Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, also has a little Ben Gibbard, The Shins, and Portugal. The Man in their sound.  They’re a witty outfit with clever composition skills.

The name “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.” was suggested to Epstein and Zott as a joke.  They used it as their epithet because they thought it expressed the limitless nature of the project they were starting.  That project was just supposed to be a few recordings; they never really thought they’d perform in public.

“People have no idea how we are going to sound, and so [our name] gives them a reason to actually take some time to listen to the music,” Zott said in an interview with NASCAR.com.

That’s exactly how it worked on me.

As for their namesake, he likes their sound.  The band emailed Earnhardt to say they weren’t mocking him.  Apparently, the racecar driver took the time to respond (which flattered and amazed the band) and told the Detroit duo that everything was cool.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is currently on tour.  Their trek takes them all over the nation including Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.  The highlight of their tour is the March 21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. gig at the famous 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. 

The final date on their itinerary is March 26.  That’s when Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be in New York City for a performance at Webster Hall.

Epstein and Zott aren’t the first artists to riff on a famous name.  Other bands that have done so include Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (now Brite Futures), Mr. T Experience, Mary Tyler Morphine, Dandy Warhols, and my personal favorite, Brian Jonestown Massacre.

If I had a band I’d name them either The Jim Parsons Project or Katy Perry Mason.

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Morrissey Plots Tour, Invites Tom Jones and Cliff Richard To Open

by Noiz 25. February 2014 17:36

Morrissey Plots Tour, Invites Tom Jones and Cliff Richard To Open

Circle “May 7” on your calendars.  That’s when Morrissey launches a tour of the United States in San Jose, California.  His 25-concert schedule has him performing in just about every region of the country.  His final show is June 21 in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center.

The former Smiths frontman is visiting big and small cities.  On May 10, Morrissey will be in Los Angeles for a concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.  Other big cities on his itinerary include Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago.  Moz also has concerts plotted in towns like Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Flint, Michigan.

Opening for Morrissey at all dates will be Missouri’s own Kristeen Young.  For his L.A. show and his NYC gig, Morrissey has tapped a couple of big name singers to warm up audiences.  Tom Jones will join Morrissey in Los Angeles and Cliff Richard will be on the marquee in the Big Apple.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones is a 73-year-old Welsh singer.  He’s best known for his 1960s hits “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat,” “Thunderball,” “Delilah,” and “She’s a Lady” (although that last song peaked at number two in 1971).  Jones doesn’t write his own material.  That’s okay because he’s one of those performers who makes every song his own.  Known as a major sex symbol, Jones has been married to the same woman since 1957.  That’s remarkable in its own right but even more impressive when you consider that Jones has admitted to sleeping with hundreds of groupies, had several well-publicized affairs, and fathered a child with a mistress.  Cassandra Peterson, the actress who plays Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, claims Jones took her virginity.

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard is sort of the British “Elvis Presley.”  He was Britain’s first real rock and roller.  Richard’s career has spanned more than a half century.  He’s sold more than 250 million records; released more than 130 albums, singles, and EPs; has the most Top 20 hits in the history of the U.K.; and is the only performer to notch a number one single in the U.K. in five consecutive decades (the 1950s to the 1990s).  He’s a legend in his native Great Britain but a virtual unknown in the United States.

Richard’s Surprise
Cliff Richard began his career as a rock and roll singer in the same vein as Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard but over the years his music has softened.  Nowadays, he’s the polar opposite of Morrissey.  That’s why Richard was suspicious of Morrissey’s invite to open for him in Brooklyn.  Richard only accepted after he was sure that there was no ulterior motive (whatever that would be).  Apparently, and much to the surprise of Richard, Morrissey is a huge fan.

Kristeen Young
Musically, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard are about as far away from Morrissey as you can get.  Kristeen Young’s sound on the other hand is more in Mo’s ballpark.  Hailing from St. Louis, Young is a singer, songwriter, and keyboardist.  She has a very unique vocal style that’s slightly reminiscent of Kate Bush—at least she shares her range and control.  The beautiful brunette has released six albums with a seventh on the way.

Morrissey’s Health
In 2013, due to health problems, Morrissey had to cancel about a month’s worth of dates.  The singer had a bleeding ulcer and a bad case of Barrett’s esophagus.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of it.  His ailments forced him to spend several days at a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan—oh, the horror!  Morrissey is 54 and will celebrate his 55th birthday on May 22 (incidentally, he’ll celebrate the “double nickel” in Dallas, Texas at the Majestic Theatre). 

New Album
Morrissey hasn’t released a new studio album since 2009’s Years of Refusal.  He is however working on a new opus in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli.  Earlier in the year, Morrissey announced that he signed a two-album deal with Capitol Music.  It’s doubtful the album will be out before Morrissey launches his U.S. tour but he might play some new tracks in concert.  In 2011, the Pope of Mope released the Very Best of Morrissey.  Also during the years since his last new opus, Morrissey re-released three singles and a live cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love.”

Tattoo
If you have a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo you could find yourself in a new book.  Photographer Patrick Moore is snapping pictures of fans that have body ink inspired by the aforementioned artists.  The project is called "To Me You Are A Work of Art” (also the name of a track from Morrissey’s 2006 album Ringleader of the Tormentors).  For more information contact “YouWorkOfArt[at]gmail.com. “

Thickwit”
The announcement of Morrissey’s tour overshadowed a recent statement in which he called Prince William a “thickwit.”  I’ll give you three guesses why Morrissey called the British monarch a “thickwit” but you’ll only need one.  Yes, that’s right.  It had to do with animal welfare.  Morrissey took exception to the prince hunting the day before he launched a campaign to halt illegal wildlife trade.  Ridiculing the royals is nothing new to Morrissey.  In November, he called Harry a natural idiot, William a zombie, and Kate an airhead.  “We Hate It When Our Royals Become Hypocrites.”

Morrissey The Author
In October of 2013, Morrissey released his autobiography.  Proving that he has a world class ego like everyone else, he insisted that his book be published as a Penguin Classic.  The tome sold 35,000 copies in its first week (in the U.K.) and was heralded by critics as the best musical autobiography since Bob Dylan put his life story down on paper.  Just recently, we learned that Morrissey is writing his first novel.  No word on what the volume will be about but I’m sure it will be dark, real dark.

Morrissey The Legend
Steven Patrick Morrissey is a legend.  From his days as leader of The Smiths and all throughout his successful solo career, Morrissey has garnered a legion of hardcore fans.  Just how big is Morrissey?  Regardless of where he’s performing—for example the Morrissey-Cliff Richard concert in Brooklyn—about 75 to 80 percent of those in attendance will be there not because Morrissey is one of their favorite artists but because Morrissey IS their favorite artist.

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