Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: In recent years, Morrissey has been battered by ill-health and dogged by lack of record company support, but his forthcoming autobiography is still the most eagerly anticipated rock book in years.

Scene and Heard

Due for release earlier this month, it was pulled due to a late dispute between the former Smiths singer and publisher Penguin over its contents. However, both parties are determined to release it soon.

Never one to pull his punches, it’ll be interesting to see whether Mozza’s words pave the way for a Smiths reunion or become the final nail in the coffin.

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has told Q magazine that his current hand injury occurred when he punched a wall when drunk. The band had to get a session drummer in to finish AM, the album that has been topping the charts in Ireland and beyond.

GIG WISE: Villagers are off around the country for a tour, with dates including the Savoy in Cork on Monday Dec 16, and Vicar St, Dublin, the following night.

Berlin-based Mick Flannery has announced a gig for the Olympia in Dublin on Dec 7, and is said to be currently working on a new album.

Hotly-tipped CHVRCHES are to play their first big Irish gig at the Academy in Dublin on Mar 5. The headliners at the live music festival at Coughlan’s on Douglas Street in Cork over the weekend, are largely sold-out, but there are also a number of free gigs taking place at the venue.

John Grant has had all sorts of issues in recent years, but hopefully the American singer-songwriter is back on track with his music and will appear at Cork Opera House on Nov 7.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man, Grey Man is a documentary on the Kerry-based artist being broadcast on RTÉ One on Tuesday night. After selling out three nights at the Olympia in Dublin, comedian Jimmy Carr has added a fourth “and final” date of Dec 2. His fellow British comedian Micky Flanagan is at the O2 on Nov 2. The inaugural Dublin Live Art Festival continues at the Backloft, Dublin 8 today and tomorrow. Cliodhna Shaffrey, Nigel Rolfe and Áine Philips are among the guests at today’s seminar on sustaining performance art practice.

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