Morrissey has issued a statement to his fans explaining that his next two UK gigs “are likely to be our final ever UK shows”.
Morrissey plays two consecutive nights at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on September 20 and 21.
In a statement posted to Morrissey fan site True To You, the singer blamed the decision on a lack of interest from UK record labels. As reported by The Quietus, he was dropped by Harvest Records last year.
Morrissey wrote: “There is absolutely no way that we can generate any interest from record labels in the United Kingdom, therefore the imminent two nights at Hammersmith are likely to be our final ever UK shows. We are obsessively grateful for all interest and loyalty from our audience … throughout 28 years … but without new releases, there is no point in any additional touring. Thank you for so many absolutely incredible times. The pleasure and privilege is mine … “
Prior to the London shows this weekend, Morrissey is backing a pop-up shop at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Morrissey’s Mporium merchandise shop will open between Friday, September 18, and Monday September 21 from 10:30am-5pm each day.
A limited amount of ‘Your Arsenal’ and ‘Vauxhall And I’ vinyl signed by Morrissey will be available at the shop alongside other official merchandise. Engraved, numbered and dated Battersea Dog and Cat tags will also be available to fans.
Twenty-five copies of each album will be available on vinyl for each day of opening and will be strictly limited to one per customer only.
After the Mporium and London dates, Morrissey‘s debut novel, List Of The Lost, will be released.
List Of The Lost will be paperback only and available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa from September 24.
The last time he spoke publicly about his novel, in January 2014, Morrissey commented: “I am midway through my novel. I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it’s generally assumed – quite rightly – that the Number One chart positions are ‘bought’ by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don’t think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular.”