By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen – TicketNews.com
Indie rock god Morrissey has some intriguing ticket options for fans this fall with extended runs at the Palladium in Los Angeles and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York as part of his final 30 shows of his world tour, which runs Sept. 20 – Nov. 4.
The singer will close a chapter in the famed Palladium’s history with the final 10 shows at the legendary venue before it shutters for an extensive renovation. In New York, he will perform five nights at Hammerstein Ballroom. A “seasons ticket” will be made available in both cities eliminating all surcharges for any fans attending every show, which will provide a savings of over $50 in itself.
For the Palladium run (October 1-2, 4-6, 8-9, 11-13), fans will have a special, limited-time opportunity to purchase tickets to all 10 concerts for the price of nine, and to gain early entry into the venue for each show. Tickets went on sale Aug. 27 and continue through Sept. 5. Special 10-night packages will be available at LiveNation, Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone and TicketLiquidator.com. Fans will also receive a special commemorative ticket that will allow them to go to the front of the line and get right up close in this general admission setting. . .
For the shows at Hammerstein Ballroom (October 22-23, 26-28), a similar limited number offer applies. Fans planning to attend all five shows will receive a special package price of $200 thereby saving $125 off of the individual tickets as well as a commemorative poster. They, too, will be allowed to go to the front of the line each night so they can be the first ones in the building and closest to the stage.
Morrissey’s current tour began 18 months ago in Tulsa, OK, supporting his U.K. number one album “Ringleader Of The Tormentors.” When 2006 was brought to a close with two sold out shows at Manchester’s G Mex Arena, the tour reached 90 concerts. 2007 has brought another 47 shows bringing the total so far to 137. With the final 30 U.S. shows booked, by the time the tour ends on the Nov. 4 at Atlanta’s Tabernacle, Morrissey will have played 168 shows over 21 months.
In an effort to stop the speculation and kill off the rumormongers, Morrissey states that there will be no Smiths’ reunion tour. According to recent reports, Morrissey was approached during the course of the summer by a consortium of promoters, in the wake of the success of The Police, U2 and The Rolling Stones tours, with a $75 million offer to tour in 2008 and/or 2009. The offer called for Morrissey to do a minimum of 50 shows all over the world under The Smiths’ moniker with the only proviso being that Johnny Marr was also in the band. The offer has been refused.