Morrissey announces live album reissue and teases “two special event concerts”


Morrissey has announced details of a new live album reissue, and teased that he plans to announce two “special event concerts”.

The announcement was shared by the vocalist and former Smiths frontman over the weekend (April 13), as he took to his Morrissey Central blog to tease a new release with fans.

“On Friday 26 July, Warner Records will re-issue Morrissey’s 1993 live in Paris album, ‘Beethoven Was Deaf’,” the brief post stated. “The release is global, and the album will be available on CD, black vinyl, and orange vinyl.”

“The album originally reached #13 in England, but was not released in the U.S. The venue is the Zenith in Paris,” it continued, also sharing an image of the album artwork which shows the singer mid-performance.

“Two special event concerts are planned to launch the July release,” it added at the end, encouraging fans to keep an eye on the site for further details, which are expected to be shared soon.

Check out the post in full here.

The news of the new live album comes following news at the start of the year that Morrissey was “receiving medical supervision for physical exhaustion”, after cancelling a string of shows in Los Angeles.

Morrissey performs live
Morrissey performs live. CREDIT: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Initially, he was scheduled to perform two shows in California in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his classic 2004 album ‘You Are The Quarry’. However, it was later announced that the gigs would not be going ahead due to “unforeseen circumstances”. He also cancelled a number of South American shows, which were set to take place in February.

The ‘Beethoven Was Deaf’ live album has also been announced as the ‘80s icon continues to grapple with Capitol Records over the release of his long-mooted album, ‘Bonfire of Teenagers’.

The album was initially set for release in February last year, and reportedly featured guest spots from Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Flea, and Iggy Pop. However, by the end of 2022, Morrissey said he had “voluntarily withdrawn from any association with Capitol Records (Los Angeles)”, and revealed that Cyrus requested for her feature to be removed from the album.

More recently, he shared an update on the album during an interview with Good Day New York last October, claiming that the label would return him the album “for a certain price”.

“It’s been quite traumatic and quite sad because when you record something, you want it to be available immediately and it was very much of the time,” he added. “For me, it was a very personal thing and the fact that it hasn’t been released has been torture.”

In other Morrissey news, in January – via a blog entitled ‘CANCEL CULTURE BEGINS AT HOME’ – the artist claimed that he was being deleted from being the “central essence” of The Smiths and hit out at former bandmates and associates. Quoting their debut single ‘Hand In Glove’, he concluded: “Hand in glove, I stake my claim! I’ll fight to the last breath!”

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