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LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

UK release date: October 6th 2008

Warner Music Entertainment is pleased to announce the UK release of Morrissey ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ on Monday October 6th.

This forthcoming DVD captures Morrissey ‘Live at the Hollywood Bowl’ 15 years after his last gig at the legendary venue.  A 17,000 plus audience is captivated with a career defining performance that includes The Smiths’ classic tracks ‘The Queen Is Dead’, ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’, ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, ‘How Soon Is Now?’, Please, Please, Please Let me Get What I Want’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’.

Morrissey’s darkly raw and witty lyrics are teamed with a flamboyant stage persona as we see at least 2 shirt strips and a constant flow of impassioned stage invaders. He delivers an unforgettable set spanning three decades of new and classic material on a night where his voice and performance is at it it’s very peak. 

Morrissey ‘Live at The Hollywood Bowl’ illustrates just of how much of a lyrical genius Steven Morrissey is.  He has influenced many artists over the years and will continue to do so, due to the creative honesty in his words and the passion of his live performances. 

This DVD is an essential edition to the collection of the committed Smiths & Morrissey faithful.

  DVD Tracklisting:
1.   The Queen Is Dead          
2.   The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
3.   Ganglord
4.   The National Front Disco
5.   Let Me Kiss You             
6.   All You Need Is Me        
7.   The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
8.   Irish Blood, English Heart                       
9.   Disappointed        
10. I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty
11. Everyday Is Like Sunday
12. In The Future When All’s Well
13. I Will See You In Far Off Places
14. Girlfriend In A Coma
15. First Of The Gang To Die
16. You Have Killed Me
17. That’s How People Grow Up
18. Life Is A Pigsty
19. How Soon Is Now?
Encore
20. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
21. You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
22. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out


Morrissey Official Biography

As the lead singer of the Smiths, arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the '80s, 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. These fans turned The Smiths into stars in Britain, exerting tremendous pull over much of the country's guitar-based music for many years after their breakup, and even if the group remained underground cult artists in the States, they had a fanbase that slowly, steadily grew larger over the years. Indeed, a few years after The Smiths's breakup in 1987, Morrissey's American cult had grown to the point where he became more popular in the U.S. than in his homeland, where he neverthless was never far from the music press headlines. After a quiet period around the turn of the millennium, Morrissey launched a comeback in 2004 with You Are the Quarry, an album whose success proved that he remained one of the most beloved figures in alternative rock.

Stephen Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England; not surprisingly 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.  During the explosion of punk in the late '70s, Morrissey unsuccessfully auditioned for Slaughter & the Dogs and sang for a brief period with a band called the Nosebleeds. 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 in quite some time. 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. and as Morrissey attracted more attention, he demonstrated a flair for manipulating the media. His interviews were filled with blunt, unpredictable opinions and intentionally outrageous statements and his notoriety wasn't hurt by his stage presence (he performed wearing a hearing aid with flowers sticking out of his back pockets) or his self-proclaimed celibacy in the wake of much speculation about his sexuality.

Possessed of a darkly cynical bent as a lyricist, he was often misinterpreted as advocating some of the more disturbing things he sang about, which only added to the furor surrounding the band. The Smiths' eponymous 1984 debut was a smash in the U.K. and in its wake, Morrissey began promoting his political views, heavily criticizing Margaret Thatcher, and advocating vegetarianism (hence the title of the follow-up LP, Meat Is Murder). The Queen Is Dead (1986) was acclaimed as a masterpiece, but friction between Morrissey and Marr was growing. Marr departed after 1987's Strangeways, Here We Come and Morrissey broke up the rest of the band to begin a solo career.

Feeling betrayed by Marr's defection, Morrissey channeled his frustration into creating new material with producer Stephen Street. His first two solo singles, "Suedehead" and the gorgeous "Everyday Is Like Sunday," were significant British hits in 1988 and his first album, Viva Hate (its title a reference to the Smiths' breakup), was commercially and critically well received. He released several more high-quality singles, including "The Last of the International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug," but spent an inordinate amount of time laboring on the follow-up album, issuing the stopgap compilation Bona Drag in 1990. In the meantime, the Madchester fad was sweeping British indie music and when the lackluster Kill Uncle was finally released in 1991, it only magnified the disappointment. U.K. reviewers took Morrissey to task, suggesting that the record marked the end of his glory days and that he would never be able to match the songs he'd written in tandem with Marr.

A misperceived flirtation with British nationalism (not helped by a couple of seemingly racial caricatures in recent songs) tarnished his image even more in the U.K. press during 1992, this coming amid even more frequent reports of feuds with his managers, business associates, and ex-bandmates. All the controversy overshadowed the fact that 1992's Mick Ronson-produced Your Arsenal was a smashing return to form; Morrissey used his new guitar tandem of Alain Whyte (who co-wrote much of the material) and Boz Boorer (formerly of rockabilly revivalists the Polecats) to full advantage in crafting a crunchy, glammed-up record. It easily ranked as the hardest-rocking of his career. Meanwhile, over in the U.S., tickets for his upcoming tour were selling like hotcakes and he managed to sell out L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl even faster than the Beatles had.

His confidence renewed by his American success (to the point where he permanently moved to Los Angeles), Morrissey delivered an equally strong follow-up in 1994's calmer Vauxhall and I, which even got him his first Top 50 singles chart entry in the U.S. with the MTV-supported "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get." A hit-and-miss compilation, The World of Morrissey, followed in 1995, after which he switched labels (from Sire to RCA) for the first time since the Smiths' debut album. Also issued in 1995 was the prog rock-informed Southpaw Grammar, which confounded many and perhaps prevented him from expanding his American audience past a now-sizable group of longtime listeners. In 1996, he moved to another new label, this time Island, and released Maladjusted the following year. It failed to sell well outside of his most fanatical followers and his relationship with Island ended in 1998.

Morrissey remained a massively popular touring attraction on the strength of his singular identity, despite the fact that he had yet to land another record deal. Finally, he signed his Attack label to Sanctuary, and released his first studio album in seven years, 2004's You Are the Quarry. The concert recording Live at Earls Court followed one year later. His second full-length for Sanctuary, Ringleader of the Tormentors was produced by Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie) and released in spring 2006. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

This year (2008) Morrissey has released two singles ‘That’s How People Grow Up’ and ‘All You Need Is Me’, as well as the best of album ‘Morrissey Greatest Hits’ on the Decca Label.

He went down a storm at the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park in July, which was his only concert in the UK this summer.


DVD Product Information

Title:

Morrissey Live At The Hollywood Bowl

DVD - Release Date:

6th October 2008

Certificate:

E (Exempt)

Package:

1-disc package

Audio Soundtrack:

DTS & 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD Region Code:

NTSC 2,3,4,5

DVD Running Time:

100 minutes

Picture:

16:9

Suggested Retail Price:

£17.99

Catalogue Number:

2564693758 

Barcode Number:

825646937585

 

Morrissey – Essential Web Links

The Official Morrissey Site:
www.itsmorrisseysworld.com

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