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In recent years, indie music around the world has experienced a huge boon and reached a much broader audience. While mainstream indie groups are becoming more and more innovative, they are simply building on the musical and cultural legacy build by Morrissey. His tour dates have attracted sold-out audiences around the world, and continue to do so to this day. During his time with The Smiths and in his own solo career, Morrissey has written and performed dozens and dozens of hit songs. Some of these songs can be found on his most recent Very Best of Morrissey album and on the handful of remaining tour dates in 2011.
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Urmston, Lancashire, England just a year after his parents emigrated from Ireland. He was often a withdrawn child and took solace in pop music and its stars, writing NME (who he would later be interviewed by) and becoming the president of the New York Dolls and The Cramps UK fan clubs. Morrissey spent his later teen years playing in punk bands and publishing two books (one about the New York Dolls and the other about James Dean).
In 1982, Morrissey met Johnny Marr and the two began writing songs together. They eventually decided to form a band, bringing on Mike Joyce to play drums and Andy Rourke to play bass. After releasing a few marginally successful singles, The Smiths released their eponymous debut album in 1984 to acclaim from audiences and critics. By the time The Queen Is Dead in 1986, recording and numerous tour dates in the US and the UK began to take its toll, with Marr leaving in 1987 due to exhaustion and creative differences with Morrissey. The Smiths disbanded shortly after the release of Strangeways, Here We Come in 1988, and Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate was released six months later.
After years of extensive tour dates and hit singles, Morrissey released the hugely successful album, Vauxhall and I, in 1994. The somber album was inspired by the death of a few friends, including Mick Ronson. Morrissey's career was in a bit of a slump as he entered the new millennium; that all changed with the release of You Are the Quarry. Critics claimed that the album harkened back to his classic solo work, and the single "Irish Blood, English Heart" became popular around the world. He followed up the album with the hit record, Ringleader of the Tormentors, in 2006, which was followed by numerous tour dates and television appearances. Morrissey scored another hit with Years of Refusal, which continued the musician's successful comeback.
While Morrissey has new album to promote this year, he does have a few remaining tour dates in 2011. The concert dates are centered in the UK and include stops in Dunoon, Hawick, Grimsby, and Dunfermline. Morrissey's 2011 tour dates will end on July 1 in Plymouth, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful soon!
KRISTEENYOUNG is a piano/keyboard and drums "rock" duo, in the golden years sense of the word, when rock was simultaneously adventurous, original, scary and fun. Think saw-toothed riffs reminiscent of JIMMY PAGE and tub-thumping, bootknocking drums born of the same era and you're halfway there. On top of that, there's the otherworldly vocals and lyrics that you have to hear to believe. The pair is made up of singer, writer, pianist/keyboardist, Kristeen Young and drummer "Baby" Jeff White.
Kristeen's distinctive voice is the best new voice in rock. She bashes, slams and bangs her piano/keyboard in a rock-riff manner, while running it through effects pedals to make it sound like a cross between a piano and guitar. Then there's the drums. Think John Bohnam meets Timbaland on Keith Moon Street.
KRISTEENYOUNG have just completed recording their SIXTH full-length album, MUSIC FOR STRIPPERS, HOOKERS, AND THE ODD ON-LOOKER.
It is the fourth of KRISTEENYOUNGs albums to be produced by legendary record producer, TONY VISCONTI. The first album, BREASTICLES, received widespread praise from the press, including 3 1/2 out of 4 stars in ROLLING STONE and featured a duet between DAVID BOWIE and Kristeen. The second album, X ("ten"), was rated one of the TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2005 in Germany, by ECLIPSED MAGAZINE, and featured a duet between BRIAN MOLKO (PLACEBO) and Kristeen. The third album THE ORPHANS has been called an instant classic and a masterpiece by fans and critics alike. It was recorded live with minimal overdubs and was a return to their more stripped-down, piano/drums sound of 1997's self-produced ENEMY. Two singles, LONDON CRY and KILL THE FATHER were released from THE ORPHANS on MORRISSEY's Attack imprint on Sanctuary records. MUSIC FOR STRIPPERS, HOOKERS, AND THE ODD ON-LOOKER is scheduled for release by late 2008. It includes a duet with PATRICK VAUGHN STUMP of FALL OUT BOY.