Morrissey Rick Rolls David Bowie

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As Morrissey continues his domination of the music press this month, he tops even himself in his latest showing of good humor and theatrics.

On April 8, Morrissey’s record label, Parlophone, is set to re-release the 1991 album Kill Uncle and the 1989 single “The Last of the Famous International Playboys.” But as Morrissey and the label prepared the release, they sought to change the cover photo. Morrissey had hoped to substitute the original cover for a 1992 photo of him and David Bowie together, shot in New York by Linder Sterling. Unfortunately, Bowie was less than keen on the idea. Although he had no legal rights to the photo, he used his leverage with EMI UK to squash the deal.

The single’s cover will now feature a 1989 photo of Morrissey alongside his friend and fellow British musician Rick Astley, taken backstage on BBC’s Top of the Pops TV show.

Morrissey has effectively Rick-rolled David Bowie.

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Courtesy Parlophone

Meanwhile, Morrissey has added dates to his U.S. tour with Kristeen Young opening all shows.

3/6 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/8 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/9 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
3/18 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/19 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
3/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum
/23 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
3/27 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
3/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
3/30 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center
4/2 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
4/3 Richmond, VA @ National
4/5 Washington, DC @ National Theatre
4/6 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
4/8 Flint, MI @ Whiting Auditorium
4/9 Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater
4/12 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater
4/13 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
4/15 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
4/16 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
4/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/20 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
4/23 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
4/26 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
4/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
4/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield


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