Mor­ris­sey to per­form in NYC with Blondie on his lat­est US tour

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Rock icon Mor­ris­sey will be joined by one of his in­flu­ences, Blondie, in New York on his lat­est tour of the United States.

The fa­mously gloomy Bri­tish singer, who last year can­celed U.S. shows due to ill­ness, on Fri­day an­nounced 17 new dates around the United States start­ing on June 11 in New Or­leans.

On June 27, he will play the pres­ti­gious venue of New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den with Blondie as the open­ing act.

Blondie emerged in the New York punk scene in the 1970s and be­came an un­der­ground sen­sa­tion through the band’s hard-edged pop, even­tu­ally win­ning main­stream suc­cess with songs such as “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me.”

Blondie’s lead singer Deb­bie Harry, 69, is wind­ing down a res­i­dency of cabaret-style shows at New York’s Cafe Car­lyle, best known for its weekly clar­inet per­for­mances by Woody Allen.

Mor­ris­sey, the for­mer lead singer of The Smiths, has won a global cult fol­low­ing through his dark wit and po­etic tales of life’s tribu­la­tions.

He has ap­peared to be back in good health and re­cently toured Europe af­ter re­veal­ing treat­ment for can­cer.

Mor­ris­sey has of­ten tapped his mu­si­cal he­roes for con­certs, with punk god­mother Patti Smith open­ing for him in 2013 at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

He is also a staunch an­i­mal rights de­fender and in­sists that venues go veg­e­tar­ian dur­ing his con­certs.

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