L.A. Declares Nov. 10 "Morrissey Day" Ahead Of Hollywood Bowl Shows
Apparently, some of the folks involved in Los Angeles municipal government are big-time Morrissey fans.
The brooding, at times cantankerous, alt-pop singer/songwriter has a pair of highly anticipated sold-out shows scheduled for Nov. 10–11 with special guest Billy Idol at L.A.'s historic Hollywood Bowl.
In honor of the former Smiths frontman's upcoming shows, L.A.'s City Council has declared Nov. 10 "Morrissey Day" in the City of Angels.
City councilwoman Monica Rodriguez commented, "Morrissey Day honors the man who put the 'M' in Moz Angeles [sic], an icon whose music continues to touch and uplift countless people across the globe."
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Rodriguez in praising the announcement, saying, "Morrissey Day celebrates an artist whose music has captivated and inspired generations of people who may not always fit in — because they were born to stand out."
The mayor and city council aren't the only one getting wrapped up in Moz mania — the day after Morrissey's Hollywood Bowl dates were announced this past summer someone snuck out onto an overpass above U.S. Highway 101 and slapped a giant Morrisey sign reading above the exit ramp for the Bowl.
This past September, a bar in L.A.'s predominantly Latino Boyle Heights community also hosted an all-Morrissey karaoke night commemorating the release of the singer's new album, Low In High School.
Given all this hubbub over Morrissey's Hollywood Bowl appearances, fans will surely be keeping their fingers crossed that the heating system at the venue is in better shape than the one in Paso Robles, Calif., where Morrissey just last weekend cancelled his appearance moments before he was scheduled to take the stage, citing "cold weather" (yes, in California).
Here's hoping this weekend's projected weather forecast (high 60s) is warm enough.