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Morrissey

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Nov 11, 2017 – 7:30 PM

2301 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068 Map

  • Morrissey
  • Billy Idol

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KROQ presents Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl with special guest Billy Idol. Tickets on sale now.
Morrissey: In recent years, indie music around the world has experienced a huge boon and reached a much broader audience. While mainstream indie groups are becoming more and more innovative, they are simply building on the musical and cultural legacy build by Morrissey. His tour dates have attracted sold-out audiences around the world, and continue to do so to this day. During his time with The Smiths and in his own solo career, Morrissey has written and performed dozens and dozens of hit songs. Some of these songs can be found on his most recent Very Best of Morrissey album and on the handful of remaining tour dates in 2011.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Urmston, Lancashire, England just a year after his parents emigrated from Ireland. He was often a withdrawn child and took solace in pop music and its stars, writing NME (who he would later be interviewed by) and becoming the president of the New York Dolls and The Cramps UK fan clubs. Morrissey spent his later teen years playing in punk bands and publishing two books (one about the New York Dolls and the other about James Dean).

In 1982, Morrissey met Johnny Marr and the two began writing songs together. They eventually decided to form a band, bringing on Mike Joyce to play drums and Andy Rourke to play bass. After releasing a few marginally successful singles, The Smiths released their eponymous debut album in 1984 to acclaim from audiences and critics. By the time The Queen Is Dead in 1986, recording and numerous tour dates in the US and the UK began to take its toll, with Marr leaving in 1987 due to exhaustion and creative differences with Morrissey. The Smiths disbanded shortly after the release of Strangeways, Here We Come in 1988, and Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate was released six months later.

After years of extensive tour dates and hit singles, Morrissey released the hugely successful album, Vauxhall and I, in 1994. The somber album was inspired by the death of a few friends, including Mick Ronson. Morrissey's career was in a bit of a slump as he entered the new millennium; that all changed with the release of You Are the Quarry. Critics claimed that the album harkened back to his classic solo work, and the single "Irish Blood, English Heart" became popular around the world. He followed up the album with the hit record, Ringleader of the Tormentors, in 2006, which was followed by numerous tour dates and television appearances. Morrissey scored another hit with Years of Refusal, which continued the musician's successful comeback.

While Morrissey has new album to promote this year, he does have a few remaining tour dates in 2011. The concert dates are centered in the UK and include stops in Dunoon, Hawick, Grimsby, and Dunfermline. Morrissey's 2011 tour dates will end on July 1 in Plymouth, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful soon!

Billy Idol: While he may not have been the first British punk rocker in the world, Billy Idol has been at the forefront of the genre since 1976, both with his band Generation X and his incredibly successful solo career. After 35 years of playing music, Idol continues to play tour dates to enormous crowds and, while there has been no announcement as to a new album, Billy has been playing new songs on his concert schedules. There's a strong possibility that these songs will make their way into Billy Idol's setlist on the few upcoming tour dates in 2011, giving fans just a taste of what the rock legend has planned for the future.

William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, was involved with the punk movement in London from a young age. In the mid 70s, he became a part of a group of Sex Pistols followers known as the Bromley Contingent, most of which would go on to revolutionize punk in their own right. One of those followers was Siouxsie Sioux, whom he briefly joined musically in an early incarnation of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Idol then joined the band Chelsea, but soon quit with bandmates John Towe and Tony James to form Generation X. The band was the first to play a tour date at The Roxy and recorded three successful records before disbanding because of creative differences.

Billy Idol used the Generation X song, "Dancing with Myself", on his debut solo EP, Don't Stop, after traveling to the US to begin his solo career. The single, along with a cover of "Mony Mony" became instant hits; Idol continues to feature these songs on tour dates to this day. Billy Idol's first and second solo LPs -- Billy Idol (1982) and Rebel Yell (1983) -- received acclaim thanks to hit singles like "White Wedding", "Hot in the City", "Rebel Yell", and "Eyes Without a Face." Idol's popularity spread even further thanks to music videos for the singles that experienced heavy rotation on MTV. Idol's third solo album, Whiplash Smile also did very well and was supported by the singles "To Be a Lover" and "Sweet Sixteen." 1990's Charmed Life was a hit record supported by the single "Cradle of Love", the music video for which won an MTV Video Music Award. That same year, one of Idol's tour dates included a performance at Roger Waters' The Wall Live in Berlin.

Idol's career stalled in 90s as 80s stars were being pushed to the background. In 2005, his career was revived with the release of Devil's Playground, which featured a few covers and a slew of new hit music. While Billy Idol hasn't released much new material in recent years, he continues to feature popular concert schedules, including tour dates in 2011. Beginning on October 12, Idol will play a number of concert dates in California, ending on October 21 in Santa Ynez. Fans of Billy Idol should seize this opportunity to catch 2011 tour dates for this punk rock legend in his 35th year as a music icon.

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