To promote his upcoming Australian tour, notoriously press shy (and recent New York City hero) Morrissey granted a rare interview to the Herald Sun. For a short-ish Q&A, a lot of ground was covered; Moz talked about everything from the Killers to the British Royal family to his tour rider. Here’s what we learned.
Coachella made him quite the offer in exchange for a Smiths reunion: "… interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100 percent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something."
He’s not exactly a fan of the Royal family: "I wasn't surprised by Harry in Vegas because he's always been an absolute idiot. What becomes mesmerizing is the way the British print and television media accelerate into panic mode in order to put a positive spin on a dazzling royal behaving badly. This is because the British monarchy is a dictatorship and controls all British media. The monarchy is foremost a business, and it's important to them that the British public continue to finance the excessive luxurious lifestyles of the now quite enormous, wasteful and useless "royal" family. I find it very sad. William shoots deer, Kate's favourite food is the shockingly cruel fois gras, Harry shoots water buffalo, Charles had an affair with Camel whilst still married to Diana ... they are the most dysfunctional, unpleasant and arrogant people on the planet... a sour soap opera, and they should resign and retire."
His tour rider is relatively boring: "Water, bread, orange juice, black tea, Duvel, grapes. This is what I am. Are you disappointed?"
He prefers System of a Down to the Killers: When asked if he’s a fan of the Killers, Morrissey responded with: "I find it difficult to be anything other than honest, and this makes me sound like an old crank. I can't say ‘Yes’ when I mean ‘No’ - my jaw literally locks. 'Lonely Day' by System of a Down would be the last song I absolutely loved, and 'Born That Way' by James Maker is the greatest single of the last decade. The Killers asked me to sing with them this month in New York, but I'm just not the type. I stick to my own backyard."
Read whole interview at the Herald Sun.