Morrissey's tenth full-length album has received a title, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, and a provisional release date of late June or early July through Harvest Records.
First announced in January, along with news of his signing to Harvest, an imprint of Capitol, the record marks Morrissey's first since 2009's Years Of Refusal.
World Peace, which is set to include 12 tracks, was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and recorded in France. Though it features Morrissey's live backing band, no mention has been made of longtime collaborator Alain Whyte, who co-wrote for every release since 1992's Your Arsenal, and served as Morrissey's lead guitarist from 1991-2004. White has, in recent years, found success writing for various mainstream pop artists.
Morrissey recently announced a U.S. tour, his first in 14 months, following a year of postponements and cancellations, set to kick off May 7 in San Jose, Calif. Here's a full list of dates:
May 7 – City National Civic Auditorium – San Jose, CA
May 10 – Los Angeles Sports Arena – Los Angeles, CA
May 13 – Plaza Theater – El Paso, TX
May 14 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 16 – Kingsbury Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 – Ellie Caulkins Opera House – Denver, CO
May 19 – Rococo Theatre – Lincoln, NE
May 20 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
May 22 – Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
May 24 – Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX
May 25 – Julie Rogers Theatre – Beaumont, TX
May 27 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN
May 28 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
May 30 – Mahaffey Theater – St Petersburg, FL
May 31 – Knight Concert Hall – Miami, FL
June 4 – Cobb Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
June 6 – Revel Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
June 7 – Boston Opera House – Boston, MA
June 10 – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore, MD
June 13 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL
June 14 – James Whiting Auditorium – Flint, MI
June 16 – Artpark Main Stage Theater – Lewiston, NY
June 17 – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
June 19 – Hershey Theatre – Hershey, PA
June 21 – Barclays Center Arena – New York, NY
In addition to the new album, Moz is said to be working on his debut novel, a follow-up to last year's massively successful memoir, Autobiography. The singer also recently re-released fan-favorite Your Arsenal as a deluxe reissue, which includes a “definitive” master of the album as well as a bonus DVD of an unreleased performance from 1991.
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