Steven Morrissey known as Morrissey, is an English singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions.
Morrissey was born on 22 May 1959 at Park Hospital in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England, to Irish Catholic parents who had emigrated to Manchester from County Kildare with his only sibling, elder sister Jackie, a year prior to his birth. His father, Peter, was a hospital porter and his mother, Elizabeth (née Dwyer), was an assistant librarian. Morrissey was raised in inner-city Manchester. His family first lived at Harper Street in Hulme before moving to nearby Queen's Square in 1965. In 1969, when many of the old streets and tenements were facing demolition, Morrissey's parents moved to a three-bedroomed house on King's Road in the suburb of Stretford.
As a child, Morrissey developed interests and role models, including female singers and pop stars such as Sandie Shaw and Marianne Faithfull, as well as Billy Fury. He was interested in "kitchen sink" television drama, Coronation Street's Elsie Tanner, actor James Dean and authors Oscar Wilde and Shelagh Delaney. The Moors Murders horrified the city when the matter came to light in 1965, and this collective trauma is said to have made a profound and lasting impression on Morrissey; the murders were referenced in the Smiths song "Suffer Little Children".
Morrissey has said his athletic ability saved him to a large degree from bullying during adolescence. Still, he has described this period as a time when he was often lonely and depressed. As a teenager, he began taking prescription drugs to help combat the depression that would later follow him throughout his life.
He attended St. Mary's Secondary Modern School and Stretford Technical School, where he passed three O levels, including English Literature.
Morrissey was an early convert to punk rock. Morrissey, then still with forename, briefly fronted The Nosebleeds in 1978, who by that time included Billy Duffy (later of The Cult) on guitar. They played a number of concerts, including one supporting Magazine, which was reviewed in the NME by Paul Morley. Morrissey also founded The Cramps fan club "The Legion of the Cramped" with another enthusiast for their music, Lindsay Hutton, but he progressively scaled down his involvement in the club over time because of the increasing amount of time he was devoting to his own musical career.
Morrissey wrote several songs with Duffy, such as "Peppermint Heaven," "I Get Nervous" and "(I Think) I'm Ready for the Electric Chair," but none were recorded during the band's short lifespan, which ended the same year. After The Nosebleeds' split, Morrissey followed Duffy to join Slaughter & the Dogs, briefly replacing original singer Wayne Barrett. He recorded four songs with the band and they auditioned for a record deal in London. After the audition fell through, Slaughter & the Dogs became Studio Sweethearts, without Morrissey.
The singer interrupted his music career at around this time, focusing instead on writing on popular culture. He published two works with Babylon Books.
In 1982, the jobless Morrissey and Johnny Meyer (later changed his name to Murray) founded the band The Smiths. Morrissey was the lead singer and Marr played guitar. Also in the group included bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. After a short time the group participated Dale Hibbert and Craig Gennon.
The Smiths immediately won the attention of the public as early as 1983, a group of eating gives concerts sold out and recorded with John Peel. The Smiths - champions of transmission by the number of appearances in the charts
Their debut album "1984" comes out good, but the band's potential is clearly higher. In 1985, the band recorded the album Meat Is Murder. Song of the same name is the semi-official anthem of vegetarians. Best album is The Queen Is Dead, released in 1986. According to many critics, it is one of the best records 80. The group breaks up when the disc Strangeways Here We Come (1987).
In 1987, the group disbanded, and Morrissey began a solo career.
Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate, was released in the winter of the 88th. Recorded with longtime friend Smiths Stephen Street, sustained the album with a nice melody has earned good reviews in the press, two singles from it, Suedehead and Everyday Is Like Sunday and is still considered one of the biggest hits of the artist, but hardly fit into the atmosphere of the album as a whole . Morrissey has successfully toured Europe and the States, the video for Tomorrow in hot rotation MTV. One of the major milestones in the career of an artist is his next record - the album Vauxhall And I, already recorded with Steve Liliuaytom. Q Magazine puts the album five. Only one critic has the courage to see that Morrissey wrote the song, did not in fact better than Kill Unkle. However, the song The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2004, she released You are the quarry. Disk becomes popular in many European countries - Norway, Germany, is in the second line of the British charts, and is in the top ten of Billboard. Morrissey has successfully toured Europe and the States, the video for Tomorrow in hot rotation Mtv
One of the major milestones in the career of an artist is his next record - the album Vauxhall And I, already recorded with Steve Liliuaytom. Q Magazine puts the album five. Only one critic has the courage to see that Morrissey wrote the song, did not in fact better than Kill Unkle. However, the song The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2009, the new album Years of refusal («years of failure") showed that the artist is not going to return to the old melody. YOR in a straight hard rock style uses developments Southpaw Grammar and Ringleader'a. With Morrissey now play musicians who are younger than his 20 years. Disc can not be gained particular popularity among neither critics nor among fans and was the last work of producer Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182), who died of a stroke a few weeks before its release.
In the summer of 2009, Morrissey's first acts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to the most Mozah, "the audience in Russia was very loud and inspiring."
In June and July 2011, Morrissey played a UK tour,mainly consisting of small venues in the north of Britain; played the Glastonbury Festival and headlined the Hop Farm Festival. In July and August he toured venues in Europe and played two festival dates, Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and the Lokeren Festival in Belgium.During his performance at Glastonbury, Morrissey criticised the UK prime minister, David Cameron, for attempting to stop the ban on wild animals performing in circuses, calling him a "silly twit".
Morrissey is currently undertaking a 2012 tour, which started in South America and continued through Asia and North America. During the summer, Morrissey played concerts in Belgium, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Portugal, England, and Scotland. In Fall, Morrissey had to stop his US tour due to his mother's health and again in early 2013 due to his own health issues.
On November 12, 2012, Morrissey announced that he will continue his North American tour adding 32 cities beginning in Greenvale, NY on January 9 and ending in Portland, OR on March 8. He plans to play classics and unreleased songs. Patti Smith and her band will be special guests at the Staples Center concert in Los Angeles, and Kristeen Young will open on all nights.
In late January 2013, following hospital treatment Morrissey was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and the several engagements were re-scheduled.