Morrissey says it’s a ‘sad sign of the times’ that no record label attended his New York gig

Former Smiths frontman also calls support act Blondie his 'new friends'

Morrissey has lamented the lack of label interest at his recent New York show.

The former Smiths frontman performed at the city’s Madison Square Garden venue on Saturday (June 27), describing the gig as “fantastic” to fansite True To You.

Despite his enjoyment of the concert however, the singer did also acknowledge that there was “zero label interest”, suggesting that no record labels attended the gig. Moz added that it was “a sad sign of the times”.


Morrissey is thought to be looking for a new label. Last August, he claimed to have been dropped by his latest imprint Harvest Records, with the label themselves later denying the claims.

Meanwhile, Morrissey also paid tribute to Blondie, who supported him at the Madison Square Garden gig. He described them as “our new friends”.

Morrissey’s Madison Square Garden gig made headlines recently when it emerged that meat was served to some guests despite the singer’s request for it to be vegan-only.

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Morrissey performing live in Leeds

An attendee named Jessica Pearson informed The Gothamist that platters of chicken, meatballs and sushi were served to guests in the VIP boxes.

“This weekend I attended the Morrissey show at Madison Square Garden,” she said. “Moz proudly announced that it was a historic day as Madison Square Garden went fully Vegan. Turns out it was vegan everywhere BUT the corporate suites.”

Pearson continued to claim: “MSG offered up House Made Meatball Sliders, Hill Country Brisket Sandwiches, Cereal-Crusted Chicken Fingers, and Fresh Sushi Platters. Friends on the main floor ate vegan hot dogs. Thought you would find it amusing — though I’m sure Mr Morrissey will not.”


A statement from Madison Square Garden was later issued, reading: “We changed the menu in the public areas for the show on Saturday night and didn’t make the same changes in the private areas. This was an oversight and will be fixed the next time.”