Blah. I don’t even know what to say other than … well, blah :( The San Francisco Chronicle has published a new interview with Morrissey (née Stephen Patrick Morrissey, formerly of The Smiths) wherein he reveals his retirement plans. As you may recall, I *just* saw Moz in concert here in California (for, like, the umpteenth time) and he not only sounded in excellent shape but he looked it, too. Apparently, Morrissey is feeling his age and he sees that the end is drawing near (er, the end of performing, not the end of living) and as a result, he is apparently now making plans to put an end to his musical career. Blah.
Morrissey is planning to retire in 2014 as he’s getting too old for rock ‘n’ roll.
The singer launched his career as the front man of the Smiths in 1982 and has released almost 40 singles since going solo in 1988. But the 53-year-old has recently become concerned about some “distressing” signs of ageing and fears he’ll turn into an elderly crooner if he doesn’t walk away from the music industry soon. Asked during an interview for JuiceOnline.com if he plans to retire at the age of 55, Morrissey says, “Yes. I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have. This is my 30th year, and I’ve aged a lot recently, which is bit distressing for me, as it must be for everyone. The body changes shape and there’s nothing you can do about it. Do I continue as a modern day Andy Williams? I take one hour at a time.”
See … I’m trying not to take these comments at face value but, as he says himself, he’s been in the biz for 30 years. Despite the selfish needs of his fans, he definitely deserves a retirement. It’s unknown if Moz’s retirement plans means that he will merely quit live performances or if he plans to quit making music altogether. It is my hope that he, at least, will continue to create, record and release music. I know he’s been working on his autobiography so its release should work well with his retirement plans. Blah. I’m just really bummed by this news. I guess we’ll have to see how things play out in the next couple of years but if Mozzer’s says he’s ready to retire, who are we to deny him that?