The singer recently parted ways with Harvest Records after a lengthy conflict
Morrissey made his first live appearance last night (October 7) since departing from label Harvest Records, backed by a band wearing T-shirts bearing the phrase ‘Fuck Harvest’.
The show took place at the Coliseu Dos Recreios in Lisbon and marked the beginning of a European tour in support of recent LP ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’, which was released through the label prior to their relationship ending.
In the interim months, however, an ongoing battle between the two parties has unfolded, with Morrissey insisting that he had been dropped and Harvest denying the claims. In August, a statement issued on Morrissey fan site True To You read: “Both Morrissey and Morrissey’s lawyer are in possession of email correspondence from Steve Barnett (head of Capitol-Harvest Records), and also from Steve Barnett’s personal assistant, both of whom confirm that Capitol-Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey. No recording Agreement with Capitol-Harvest was ever signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’.”
A subsequent statement issued by the singer also suggested that the label had “botched” the release of the record, which still reached Number Two on the UK album charts upon its release in July.
Meanwhile, a new Spanish interview with the former Smiths man in El Pais has also referenced the fractious dispute between the two parties.
Talking about the incident, Morrissey stated: “I didn’t leave, they threw me out! They tried to keep my record but they discovered that they did not have the rights. A very stupid mess, caused by an executive named Steve Barnett, who has less brains than an artificial flower. The fact that someone like that is in charge of a label is a sign of how bad things are in the musical world.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the singer also speaks of The Smiths’ old label Rough Trade, who he says went “down in history for having The Smiths, yet never [invited] us to a meal to celebrate the success.”
Morrissey continues his European tour this week, with a UK date also scheduled for London’s O2 Arena on November 29.