Morrissey to Perform Two Shows in Tel Aviv in August

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Morrissey performing in Tel Aviv in 2012.
Morrissey performing in Tel Aviv in 2012.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik

Morrissey will arrive in Israel for two performances in August, according to a fan website, True to You, on which the British singer and songwriter posts updates.

Further details about the shows weren't immediately available. According to the site, Morrissey will also travel to Turkey for a performance over the summer.

During his last visit to Israel, in 2012, Morrissey was given the key to Tel Aviv from Mayor Ron Huldai and promised to represent the city in the world. During the encore he gave at the end of his show at the city's Exhibition Grounds, Morrissey wrapped himself up in the Israeli flag in front of 5,000 fans.

During the visit he gave an interview to Channel 2 News and blasted the BDS cultural boycott of Israel. He said the movement had demanded he cancel his performance in Israel. "There's no point in punishing an entire nation for something its leader says or does," he said.

In his first performance in Israel in 2008, Morrissey's warm up bands were Asaf Avidan and the Mojos and the New York Dolls. In 2012, his warm up show was Christine Young.

Morrissey, a vegan and animal rights activist, forbade the sale of meat in the Exhibition Grounds in both of his performances. A few months ago he referred to abattoirs as a modern form of Nazi extermination camps.

Steven Patrick Morrissey, 57, rose to fame in the '80s as the lyricist and vocalist of the indie rock band The Smiths, which broke up in 1987, after the release of its album "Strangeways, Here We Come." In his solo career, Morrissey recorded 10 studio albums. The last was "World Peace Is None of Your Business," which was released two years ago.

So far Morrissey has refused offers to reunite The Smiths, despite a past offer of $75 million. He usually responds to the idea saying "I prefer to eat my testicles, although I'm a vegan."

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