Morrissey, the British singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s as the voice for one of the U.K.’s most revered indie-rock groups, The Smiths, will open his latest U.S. tour June 11 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.
It’s been nearly 23 years since Morrissey’s last performance in New Orleans. In November 1992, five years after The Smiths’ 1987 breakup, he played a solo concert at the State Palace Theatre.
The North American tour dates are a continuation of the singer’s “World Peace Is None of Your Business” tour, named after his 2014 album.
The 17-date tour includes a June 27 show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and a July 2 performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
Morrissey, citing ill health and his “unimaginable sorrow,” cancelled his 2014 American tour after he contracted a respiratory infection and collapsed backstage in Boston.
The singer’s new American dates follow his U.K. and European tour last month. Morrissey thanked fans for their response to the tour in a March 31 message posted on the Morrissey-devoted fan site True To You.
“Thank you for being there, and for showing such vigorous and loud support,” the famously melancholy singer wrote. “Good times for a change.”
Putnam published Morrissey’s autobiography, “Autobiography,” in the U.S. in December 2013. Released in the U.K. in October 2013, the book debuted at No. 1, outselling the previous record holder, Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ 2010 book, “Life.”
Morrissey and The Smiths emerged from Manchester, England, in 1982. The quartet, including guitarist and Morrissey co-writer, Johnny Marr, released hit singles and placed nine albums in the U.K. Top 10. The solo Morrissey subsequently placed 11 solo albums in the British Top 10.
In 2013, British music publication NME placed The Smiths’ 1986 album, “The Queen Is Dead,” at the top of its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Although The Smiths and, later, Morrissey solo, have always been more popular in Britain than the U.S., four of their albums are listed in Rolling Stone’s top 500 albums of all time.