Morrissey interviews are generally moderated by a sympathetic figure such as his nephew. It’s not entirely clear then why The Smiths singer decided to participate in an early morning interview with New York’s local Fox affiliate, but it certainly made for some awkwardly hilarious television via Consequence.
It has been noted that Morrissey seemed extra miserable/melodramatic, especially in contrast to the much more personable Rosanna Scotto, as he answered basic questions about songwriting, touring, and The Smiths.
Among the highlights: Morrissey describing himself as a “pathetically humble person” before bragging about having “met everybody in my life that I wanted to meet.” When asked who he’d like to collaborate with, Morrissey responded, “Nobody.” As for whether his upcoming shows in New York will be his final ones ever, he said, “I don’t think so — unless I’m assassinated.”
Morrissey also gave an update on his long-delayed album, Bonfire of the Teenagers, which Capitol Records has declined to release. After accusing Capitol’s CEO of trying to “wreck” his career in a statement released earlier this week, Morrissey says the label is “now prepared to give [the album] back to me for a certain price.” He also blamed Miley Cyrus’ manager for the singer’s decision to remove herself from the album.
This weekend, Morrissey will wrap up his “40 Years of Morrissey” tour with four shows at the United Palace Theater in New York. Tickets are available here.