For Morrissey fans, the hits keep coming: his forthcoming album release has been delayed, according to the rocker, who described the situation as “bonfire unlit.”
“‘Bonfire of Teenagers’ is no longer scheduled for a February release as stated on this page,” the former Smiths frontman wrote on his website. “His fate rests solely in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles.)”
Produced by Andrew Watt, the project has been largely complete for a year and a half, according to Spin. Said to be the product of multiple sessions at the Grammy winner’s Beverly Hills studio, the 11-track album features contributions from several past and present members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, including ex-guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, drummer Chad Smith and bassist Flea, along with Morrissey band member Jesse Tobias. (Iggy Pop and Miley Cyrus reportedly provide guest vocals on the album.)
Morrissey, 63, debuted several tracks from the album in concert this year, including “I Am Veronica”, “Rebels Without Applause”, “Sure Enough, the Telephone Rings”, “I Live in Oblivion”, “Kerouac’s Crack” and ” Saint in a stained glass window.”
Representatives for the musician and Capitol Records did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment Tuesday.
The disappointing news comes days after the prickly British rocker abruptly walked off the stage about 30 minutes into his Saturday show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, where he was performing on the second night of his Live in Concert tour.
“As you know, it’s extremely cold,” he told the crowd before leaving. according to fan recordings posted on Twitter. “Can you say? I can. We’ll keep steaming though. Where to? God knows.”
The temperature in Los Angeles had dropped to about 49 degrees that night Reportedly in the mid 50’s during the sentence.
Morrissey continued playing for a while and then reportedly left the stage. After that, a band member returned to the stage to address the crowd.
“Sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will not go ahead. I am very sorry. See you next time. Sorry,” he said as the crowd audibly got excited.
“Summary of the Morrissey concert: He came out in a t-shirt of himself, smoked a cigarette on stage, sang five songs and then finished the concert. my mother warned me.” tweeted a fan present.
“Well, Morrissey just walked off stage at the Greek Theater after 30 minutes. Apparently he was too cold. It’s in the 50s now.” wrote Another.
On Sunday, Morrissey thanked fans on Instagram but gave no explanation for the show’s suspension.
“Thanks for coming last night LA. We love you and are grateful for your support,” he wrote. “Please stay tuned for further announcements shortly.”
Even though commenting on this post was disabled, fans flooded the comments section of a previous Instagram post to share theirs disappointment at the cancellation. Meanwhile, the Greek Theater has said the show will be postponed rather than cancelled, prompting many to complain that they are not being refunded.
“So disappointed! The Greek Theater website says the show has been postponed. I just want a refund. While they’re at it please refund me for the $30 drink which I didn’t even have time for before the show was over,” said one commenter.
“We are so depressed that the show was canceled halfway through. Over $1,500 worth of tickets and parking. People make sacrifices to attend these shows,” said another comment.
“Woke up this morning and still disappointed with last night’s show! Over 1 hour late, 1 hour 20 minutes played if so and just left! No encore or good night,” added another
“If you can’t hang, stop touring. Money is tight for everyone these days and people saved money to see you what a disappointment you are,” wrote another Instagram user.
But other fans, some of whom have dismissed the singer’s increasingly right-wing rhetoric over the years, have been more sympathetic.
“I think it’s absolutely right for a man in his 60’s to make his health and well-being a priority, even if it means postponing a show,” wrote a Twitter User. “Sad that so many people who seem big enough to go to a Morrissey show are angry at him for the unforgivable crime of being human.”
Representatives of the Greek theater did not immediately respond to the Times’ request for comment.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-11-15/morrissey-bonfire-album-delayed-greek-theatre After stopping show at Greek, Morrissey says album is delayed