Morrissey Central "CHICAGO, September 16, 2021." (September 18, 2021)

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Audience : 40 thousand

Morrissey: "together we are something we can never be apart."


Regards,
FWD.

Fiona Dodwell: "Morrissey, Astley And The Usual Suspects" via Music-News (September 16, 2021)

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Morrissey has made headlines and has been trending across social media sites over the last 24 hours, and as usual, it is not about anything he himself has said or done. Indeed, the drama is yet again the outcome of a bored, frenzied online mob and the indecorous mainstream media who enjoy raking his name over the coals whenever the slightest opportunity presents itself.


Update - September 20, 2021:

Now a post on Central:

Morrissey, Astley and the usual suspects. An opinion piece by Fiona Dodwell.

Regards,
FWD.

NME: “Johnny Marr gives his verdict on Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths Covers Band” (September 17, 2021)

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Not sure whether Johnny is keen on this or not, he seems pissed off that Blossoms never mentioned it to him when they met a few weeks ago - Well, I met The Blossoms a few weeks ago and they elected to not mention it. Nice.



NME article kindly supplied by @This Charming Bowie:


(2 separate discussions merged).


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Chicago, IL - Riot Fest - Thursday Preview Party (Sep. 16, 2021) post-show

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Morrissey - now managed by Madonna’s manager? (Boy George tweet) (UPDATE Sep. 17: confirmed Quest Artist Management / Instagram, since Aug. 2021)

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As per Boy George:-



UPDATE Sep. 17:

Posted by Famous when dead in the comments:

The Maverick (QAM) part appears confirmed:


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Regards,
FWD.

(Note: they've had Morrissey images on IG since August - George could have gleaned this information from here possibly?).

Rick Astley Twitter: Rick Astley & Blossoms perform the songs of The Smiths - 2 Smiths-themed concerts in October (September 14, 2021)

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Further to today's coverage of their Smiths covers, Rick Astley & Blossoms are playing 2 special Smiths-themed gigs in October.
Thanks to @davidt for the information.
Confirmed via ticket outlets:

(Link courtesy of @Uncleskinny)

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NME: "Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths" (September 14, 2021)

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As first spotted by @BookishBoy in the Strange... thread (who supplies the Twitter link), NME take up the footage:

Watch Blossoms and Rick Astley team up to cover The Smiths

“Since it’s London, we thought why not do something special?,” said frontman Tom Ogden. “So we’re going to do some songs by one of our favourite bands with a friend of ours from the North West. Welcome our friend Rick Astley.

“Do you want to tell them what band it is, Richard?” asked Ogden, adding, “It’s The Smiths everybody,” before tearing into ‘Panic’ and ‘This Charming Man’.




Regards,
FWD.


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Omega Auction: "Music Memorabilia & Vinyl Records" auction results (September 14, 2021)

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Part of a 2 day memorabilia auction.
A very mixed bag of rarities on offer - some Smiths items feature below:

Lot/Description/Estimate/Hammer Price
485FACTORY RECORDS - FESTIVAL OF THE 10TH SUMMER COLLECTION - SMITHS, NEW ORDER, FALL...£600 - £1,000£1,600
486THE SMITHS - MORRISSEY SIGNED BIGMOUTH 12".£150 - £200£300
487THE SMITHS - HEAVEN KNOWS ORIGINAL POSTER.£60 - £100£70
488THE SMITHS - SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER ORIGINAL POSTER.£60 - £100£90
489THE SMITHS - STRANGEWAYS ORIGINAL POSTER.£80 - £120£65
490THE SMITHS - RANK ORIGINAL POSTER.£100 - £150£100
491THE SMITHS - HATFUL OF HOLLOW...

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