Singer, songwriter and provocateur, Morrissey released his North American 2011 headlining tour dates, which will begin with a performance at Chicago’s Congress Theater on Thursday, Nov. 10. The tour consists of 11 shows in the U.S. and six shows in Mexico.You can view all tour dates below.
He returns to Chicago for his first show since 2009 in support of his Very Best of Morrissey album, in stores now. He is joined by Kristeen Young.
As the lead singer of The Smiths, Morrissey’s theatrical crooning and literate, poetic lyrics — filled with romantic angst, social alienation, and cutting wit — connected powerfully with a legion of similarly sensitive, disaffected youth.
Stephen Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England. Not surprisingly, Morrissey was a shy, awkward youth, he became obsessed with music and film as a teenager and devoted his writing talents to penning a New York Dolls fanzine (he was the president of their U.K. fan club), as well as a tribute to James Dean and numerous opinionated letters to the weekly music paper, Melody Maker. He met guitarist Johnny Marr in 1982 and the two began writing songs together, forging one of the most productive partnerships British pop had seen.
The Smiths’ 1983 debut single, “Hand in Glove,” a love song filled with oblique references to homosexuality, made them an underground sensation in the U.K. In 1988 Morrissey went solo, and his first two solo singles, “Suedehead” and the gorgeous “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” were significant British hits, along with his first album, Viva Hate (its title a reference to the Smiths’ breakup), which was commercially and critically well received.
Morrissey 2011 United States Tour Dates:
Nov. 10 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Nov. 14 San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
Nov. 15 Austin, TX – Bass Hall
Nov. 17 Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 19 Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Center
Nov. 20 Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 22 Escondido, CA – Center for the Arts
Nov. 25 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Nov. 26 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
Nov. 28 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
Dec. 1 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Morrissey 2011 Mexico Tour Dates:
Dec. 5 Monterrey – Arena
Dec. 7 Mexico City – Plaza Condesa
Dec. 8 Mexico City – Plaza Condesa
Dec. 10 Puebla – Auditorio del Complejo Cultural Universitario
Dec. 12 Guadalajara – Diana
Dec. 13 Guadalajara – Diana