Morrissey to Release Album, Tour U.S.

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Pier Harrison

For email-pal Johnny Marr's sake, let's hope Morrissey has a smart phone, because the King of Mope is hitting the road this fall/winter in support of his upcoming release: Swords, a new B-sides compilation out Nov. 3.

The upcoming release was curated by the legendary singer himself, who collected the disc's eighteen songs from the singles released for his past four albums: Years of Refusal (2009), Greatest Hits (2008), Ringleader Of The Tormentors (2006), and You Are The Quarry (2004). Songs include "Munich Air Disaster 1958," which finds Moz reflecting on the infamous plane crash that killed 21 passengers, including seven Manchester United soccer players, a live cover of David Bowie's "Drive-In Saturday," and "Shame is the Name," featuring Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders on back-up vocals.

As an extra for hardcore Smiths fans, this first pressing of Swords will include a bonus disc of eight live tracks from a concert in Warsaw in July 2009, including a rendition of the Smiths' "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby," originally released on another B-sides compilation, 1986's The World Won't Listen.

In support of Swords, Morrissey will bring his ongoing world tour to the U.S., kicking off the nine West Coast stops in Seattle on November 29 (see dates below). More U.S. gigs are expected to be announced for late 2009.

Swords tracklist:
1. "Good Looking Man About Town"
2. "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice"
3. "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me"
4. "Ganglord"
5. "My Dearest Love"
6. "The Never-Played Symphonies"
7. "Sweetie-Pie"
8. "Christian Dior"
9. "Shame Is The Name"
10. "Munich Air Disaster 1958"
11. "I Knew I Was Next"
12. "It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small"
13. "Teenage Dad On His Estate"
14. "Children In Pieces"
15. "Friday Mourning"
16. "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye"
17. "Drive-In Saturday"
18. "Because Of My Poor Education"

Limited edition bonus disc:
1. "Black Cloud"
2. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
3. "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy"
4. "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself"
5. "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"
6. "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby"
7. "Life Is A Pigsty"
8. "I'm OK By Myself"

Morrissey tour dates:
11/29, Seattle, WA (Paramount)
11/30, Portland, OR (Roseland Theatre)
12/2, Oakland, CA (Paramount)
12/4, Indio, CA (Fantasy Springs)
12/5, Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)
12/7, Pomona, CA (Fox Theatre)
12/8, San Diego, CA (Copley Symphony Hall)
12/10, Los Angeles, CA (Gibson Amphitheatre)
12/11, Ventura, CA (Ventura Theatre)

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