THAT BLOKE ISN’T ‘FUNNY’ ANYMORE!

A successful tour of the US and Japan, celeb fans, rumours of a new deal - it's all turned around for the former Smiths frontman...

MORRISSEY’s revival continues with his successful tour of the US and Japan, celebrity fans and rumours of a new record deal.

NME can exclusively reveal that the former Smiths frontman – Smiths were recently voted most influential band for NME in our 50th anniversary issue – has met up with the boss of the record label that first signed him.

Despite reports from the US tour that the new Morrissey album is titled ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, the singer is still officially without a record deal.

Morrissey last week continued his US tour following shows at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo and Osaka. The two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall (September 17 and 18) are sold out.

Geoff Travis, who runs Rough Trade and signed The Strokes in the UK, first signed Smiths in the early 1980s. Smiths later moved to major label Warners at the end of their career. But the two parties are now apparently reconciled. Asked about rumours that Morrissey would once again sign to Rough Trade, Geoff Travis told NME: “Yes, I have seen Morrissey. I bumped into him in a foreign place and we renewed our acquaintance, shall we say. Has he mellowed? I would have thought so – time has that effect on most people.”

Asked specifically about whether he would get Morrissey’s signature, Travis told NME: “There’s no resolution just yet.”

Travis also spoke approvingly of Morrissey’s live comeback, telling NME: “Pop music is a richer place for him.”

Morrissey has also found fans among the new crop of bands. Vines’ Patrick Nicholls was seen wandering around backstage at the Carling Weekend in Reading wearing a Morrissey T-shirt. “When I wear this I always have Morrissey fans coming up to me,” he told NME.COM. “The wheel has definitely turned – and you guys made Smiths Number One in your poll.”

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are also fans, and tried to desperately to meet Morrissey when they played in Japan. Singer/guitarist Peter Doherty told NME.COM before he headed to Japan: “I’m definitely going to try and meet him. I’ve heard he’s a fan of ours. He’s playing the Albert Hall so I might have a little word with him and see if he can get me in.”