MOZ FEST!

The star is to play 15 shows in the US and Japan...

Currently label-less ex-SMITHS frontman MORRISSEY is to head out on the road for his first live dates in almost two years.

The indie godfather will play 15 shows, including two in Japan, with three of the US gigs seeing him support Mexican rock act Jaguares. The shows will take him from New Mexico to Alaska.

Billboard reports that Jaguares manager Marusa Reyes said that Morrissey accepted the offer to open the September shows after a single phone conversation. “Everything was very simple and for the band, it represents that they have been accepted,” he said.

While Morrissey is still said to be in negotiations with Sanctuary about inking a new deal, as previously reported on NME.COM, a second box set of his singles is to be released in September in the UK.

Last year, ‘Singles Box – Volume 1’ documented the release of his solo singles between 1988-91.

Now, ‘Volume 2’, released on September 17, documents Morrissey‘s singles from 1991-95. The nine-CD package includes the singles ‘My Love Life’, ‘We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful’, ‘You’re The One For Me Fatty’, ‘Certain People I Know’ and ‘The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get’, amongst others.

In addition, all the singles feature the original B-sides.

Morrissey‘s tour dates in full run:

Salt Lake City, Fairpark (August 1)

Colorado Springs, Colo. Music Hall (3)

Albuquerque, N.M. Sunshine Theater (4)

El Paso, Texas, venue TBA (6)

Tucson, Ariz. Rialto (7)

Phoenix, Celebrity Theatre (8)

Yuma, Ariz. Convention Hall (10)

Osaka, Japan, Summer Sonic Festival (17)

Tokyo, Summer Sonic Festival (18)

Anchorage, Ala. Egan Center (20)

Portland, Ore. Crystal Ballroom (23)

Eugene, Ore. McDonald Theatre (24)

San Diego, Open Air Theatre with Jaguares: (September 12)

Berkeley, Calif. Greek Theatre with Jaguares (13)

Anaheim, Calif. Arrowhead Pond with Jaguares (14)