By Scott T. Sterling

In a brand new interview, Morrissey has opened up about his tumultuous 2013, including the myriad of health issues that caused him to cancel a North American tour, and why he chose UK vocal legends Tom Jones and Cliff Richard to open select dates for his upcoming jaunt on this side of the Atlantic.

“Well, I’m expected to see Easter,” Moz quipped to Billboard when queried about his well-being and the various maladies that forced him to scuttle the 2013 tour. “It was a bad year. I was in hospitals so frequently that the doctors were sick to death of me, and there’s nothing more aging than lying in a hospital bed, trying to recover from hospital food. If your illness doesn’t kill you then the hospital food sees you off. That’s what it’s there for. Anyway, it was my time to go to pieces. Much overdue.”

Morrissey elaborated on his views regarding vegetarianism, which resulted in Los Angeles’ Staples Center arena to go meatless for a show there last March, his last before the tour was ended, calling it “a standard requirement now when booking venues. It’s not as unusual as you might think, and the halls are very understanding.”

He stood firm on recent controversial comments made on dedicated Morrissey fan site True to You where he likened eating meat to pedophilia.

“When you eat an animal you subject it to spiritual and physical rape, you eats its breasts … its rump … you cut off its genitals … whichever way you care to look at it, eating animals is violence at its most extreme,” the “Meat is Murder” singer said.

Moz made light of his famous former band the Smiths, saying it “feels like 60” years since the release of the band’s eponymous debut instead of the actual 30 years that have passed since the album’s February 20, 1984 drop date.

“I don’t know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!” Morrissey joked when inevitably inquired about the Smiths ever getting back together, and if there were any bands from his own youth he’d like to see reform. “But, no, there aren’t any bands I like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are.”

Morrissey expressed concern over the recent turmoil in Ukraine: “Why do news reporters call the people ‘protestors’? They are the people! It’s the government who are the rebels. Silly world, isn’t it?,” he elaborated.

“It’s only my view of course, but everything is a question of style, and Tom and Cliff qualify greatly in the style department, and age has nothing to do with it,” he said in regards to his high-profile openers Tom Jones and Cliff Richard in Los Angeles and New York, respectively.

Morrissey’s 2014 U.S. tour kicks off on May 7 in San Jose, Calif., wrapping up on June 21 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.


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