Morrissey has revealed that his previously announced Las Vegas residency will “feature” songs from his as-yet-unreleased new album, Pyre of teenagers, ended more than a year ago. At each of the first four shows of his just-started US tour, the former Smiths frontman debuted what he said on stage is the album’s lead single, “I Am Veronica.”
“The thrill of this album was the speed at which it was recorded,” Morrissey wrote today (May 20) on his website. “Given the knots of heartbreak I’ve been through[d] at the time, it was Fire an amazing feat for me.
Having released his last three albums through BMG, Morrissey remains unsigned and without a label partner for Pyre of teenagers, which was produced by former Grammy Producer of the Year Andrew Watt. Watt enlisted two frequent collaborators and close friends, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, to play on the sessions.
In May 2021, Morrissey said the album was complete and “available to the highest (or lowest) bidder”, in reference to his lack of a contract with the label. He also enthused saying it was “the best album of my life”. Recent US shows have seen the return of longtime guitarist/songwriter Alain Whyte, who had not toured with Morrissey since 2009. Whyte replaced fellow longtime guitarist Boz Boorer, who was absent for unknown reasons.
The new music has already been co-signed by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who also worked with Watt, Smith and Klinghoffer on his latest solo album, earthling. Last December, Vedder told a small group of reporters during a earthling listening session that the Fire the music “was some of the greatest Morrisseys I had heard from when it was the greatest Morrissey. It was like a solid, great Morrissey, the whole time.