Interesting interview with Paolo Bedini, the promoter who organised The Smiths' only ever concert in Italy on May 14, 1985 at the Tendastrisce in Rome. Sounds like it certainly wasn't an easy task to negotiate in the age of telex. And from Sarzana of all places...
Highlight from the article (translated via Google because my Italian is far too rusty and unreliable):
"I read that they came to Rome at the behest of Morrissey who, having seen a postcard of the city, specifically asked to play there: is it true?
This is what their agent confided to me, but I don't know if it was true or not. What is certain is that the concert was really special: they weren't on tour, they weren't around, so it was a unique event. And it is also difficult today to explain how peculiar it was. Today the concerts are scheduled a year earlier: I found myself putting up a Smiths live [ show ] in a week."
They also accidentally mixed up The Smiths' technical sheet with New Order's due to a...
I did hear correctly - there was more being auctioned off after the successful event that's already taken place. Some more nice items - interesting ones highlighted below, but do search out the entire list on their site:
"MORRISSEY SIGNED LETTER.
A typed letter bearing signature and notes by Morrissey. The letter was sent from Morrissey to John Muir, a publisher at 'Babylon Books', with whom Morrissey was in conversation RE publishing a book on The Smiths. Measures 20 x 25.5cm. Very good condition. Provenance: presented to the vendor by John Muir."
THE GEOFF TRAVIS ARCHIVE - MORRISSEY - INTERESTING DRUG PROOF ARTWORK
MORRISSEY - INTERESTING DRUG PROOF ARTWORK.
Two printed proof designs with artwork for Morrissey - Interesting Drug. Measures approx 15 x 25". Excellent condition. Provenance: from Geoff Travis' Rough Trade...
Morrissey cuts a more controversial figure than ever these days, now well past the point where anyone could feasibly even attempt to defend his offensive comments or totally unacceptable views. He has been reported as having said some truly shocking things in recent years, which none of us in our right minds would ever condone. To that end, for the sake of this article, I would like you to imagine, difficult as it may be, that after The Smiths split up there was nothing but an eerie silence, at least from one quarter of Manchester’s favourite sons.
Instead, let’s go back to a happier time – a simpler time when we found ourselves punching the air in delight at the lyrical genius of ‘Mozzer’, marvelling at the seemingly very intelligent, eloquent but shy, gangly...
THE SMITHS 1986 TOUR POSTER CELLULOID. An original celluloid used in the creation of the poster for The Smiths dates at Glasgow, Newcastle and Salford in July 1986. Measures 16 x 21.5". Provenance: from Geoff Travis' Rough Trade archive.
THE SMITHS BARCELONA POSTER. An original poster for The Smiths at Studio 54, Barcelona. Measures 16 x 24". NM condition. Provenance: from Geoff Travis' Rough Trade archive.