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Morrissey announces Broadway residency that he'll probably end up canceling

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Morrissey, the one-time Smiths singer who’s probably bailed on more shows than he’s performed, is again tempting fate with a new batch of dates. Moz is angling for a new audience with this new residency, however, having announced seven shows at New York City’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater. The Broadway engagement runs from May 2 to 11, and will, per a press release, present “an intimate yet exciting exploration of Morrissey’s expansive career from his early days to his upcoming new record California Son.” This being Morrissey, one can also likely expect diversions into fringe U.K. politics, thoughts on #MeToo, and his starchy veganism.

California Son finds the singer flexing covers of songs by Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, Bob Dylan, and other icons of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Joining him is the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, among others. It’s due out on May 24 via Étienne Records/BMG.

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Hear his lovely cover of The Pretenders’ “Back On The Chain Gang” below, because, for as much as Moz’s words frustrate us, we remain enamored with that damn voice.

 

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.