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...

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 1Orlando, FLHard Rock Live
March 3Jacksonville, FLFlorida Theatre
March 6North Myrtle Beach, SCHouse Of Blues
March 13Richmond, VAThe National
April 28Killarney, IREINEC
April 29Galway, IRELeisureland
May 1Omagh, IRELeisure Centre
May 2Belfast, NIRBelfast Waterfront
May 4Stirling, SCOAlbert Halls
May 5Dundee, SCOThe Caird Hall
May 7Glasgow, SCOBarrowland
May 10Liverpool, ENGLiverpool Empire Theatre
May 11London, ENGRoyal Albert Hall
May 13Birmingham, ENGSymphony Hall
May 15Great Yarmouth, ENGBritannia Pier
May 16Cambridge, ENGCambridge Corn Exchange
May 19Hull, ENGHull Arena
May 20Hartlepool, ENGHartlepool Town Hall
May 22 – 23Manchester, ENGApollo
May 25Salisbury, ENGSalisbury City Hall
May 26London, ENGTroxy
May 28London, ENGCarling Academy Brixton

Last Updated on June 29, 2009 by By Allison Reitz