Iconic ’80s singer-songwriter Morrissey has outlined plans for an extensive spring 2009 tour of the UK and Ireland, as well as a few performances in the U.S. In all, the English musician has announced more than 20 concerts for the outing, beginning with a March 1 concert at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL, and concluding with a May 28 gig at the Carling Academy in London, ENG.

Besides the March 1 opener, Morrissey has announced only three other shows in the U.S.: a March 3 concert at Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, a March 6 set at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and a March 13 concert at The National in Richmond, VA. From there, he heads across the pond for an April 28 gig at INEC in Killarney, IRE, followed by shows on May 7 at Barrowland in Glasgow, IRE, on May 11 at Royal Albert Hall in London, ENG, and on March 22-23 at the Apollo in Manchester, ENG, among others.

Tickets for most of the UK shows go on sale December 12 at 10 a.m., though both nights at the Apollo are already sold out on the primary ticket markets. General on-sales for the U.S. gigs will open over the course of the coming pre-holiday weekends.

Morrissey will be supporting his tenth solo album, “Years of Refusal,” which is slated for a February 2009 release. The record was produced by the late Jerry Finn, who died in August at the age of 39 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage just over a month after the album’s completion. As a result the record’s release was pushed from its previously scheduled September release to early 2009.

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Morrissey, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer for The Smiths. Though the band only released four albums from their 1984 eponymous debut to the 1987 release “Strangeways, Here We Come,” the group had built a cult following in the U.S. and UK due in part to Morrissey’s intelligent and witty lyrics. The vocalist released his solo debut “Viva Hate” in 1988, only one year after The Smiths parted ways.

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Morrissey itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 1 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
March 3 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
March 6 North Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
March 13 Richmond, VA The National
April 28 Killarney, IRE INEC
April 29 Galway, IRE Leisureland
May 1 Omagh, IRE Leisure Centre
May 2 Belfast, NIR Belfast Waterfront
May 4 Stirling, SCO Albert Halls
May 5 Dundee, SCO The Caird Hall
May 7 Glasgow, SCO Barrowland
May 10 Liverpool, ENG Liverpool Empire Theatre
May 11 London, ENG Royal Albert Hall
May 13 Birmingham, ENG Symphony Hall
May 15 Great Yarmouth, ENG Britannia Pier
May 16 Cambridge, ENG Cambridge Corn Exchange
May 19 Hull, ENG Hull Arena
May 20 Hartlepool, ENG Hartlepool Town Hall
May 22 – 23 Manchester, ENG Apollo
May 25 Salisbury, ENG Salisbury City Hall
May 26 London, ENG Troxy
May 28 London, ENG Carling Academy Brixton