Morrissey Reschedules Tour Dates for Early-2013

Late last month, Morrissey canned a handful of dates on his U.S. tour to fly back to England due to his mother’s illness, but now he has released a slew of rescheduled dates starting in January of next year.

Things will kick off at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, Long Island, N.Y. on January 9, 2013, and the tour is scheduled to run through a March 8 date in Portland, Oregon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. In between those dates, the former Smiths’ singer will visit cities all over the U.S., including Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At the California concert date, which will be held at the Staples Center, Patti Smith and her band will join the bill as the special guest. Kristeen Young will open all shows.

The press release announcing the new dates includes the following quote from Billboard:

It’s rare these days to see a hyper-literate artist succeed as an over-the-top entertainer. His band is top notch.

I think that just about sums it up about as well as it can be. Plus, we all get to see what kind of ridiculous things are going to come out of the mouth of Stephen Patrick Morrissey, this time as he heads around the country, which is just part of the fun.

And a final note, if you needed more convincing, this might be the last time Morrissey tours the States ever. He said earlier this year that he may retire when he turns 55 in a couple years, because one time, years back, he said that he would retire when he hit that age.

“Yes,” he said when asked if he still planned on retiring. “I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have. This is my 30th year, and I’ve aged a lot recently, which is a bit distressing for me, as it must be for anyone.”