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Music: Cliff Richard and Tom Jones to back Morrissey

February 14, 2014

Morrissey has lined up Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones as support acts for a pair of US concerts. The former Smiths frontman announced that Richard would be his "special guest" at a concert in New York in June, with a performance with Jones in Los Angeles the month before.

Richard said yesterday that he initially thought the idea of being invited to play with Morrissey had been a joke.

He told the BBC's Radio 5 Live: "About a month ago my manager rang me and said: 'I'm going to throw a curveball at you. Morrissey wants you in New York with him.'

"I said: 'My initial answer is yes but can you check it's not a joke? Is there an ulterior motive?' He got hold of Morrissey's management and he said: 'No, Morrissey's a fan and he'd like you to be there.' So I said: 'Yes please.'

"The chances of me singing for 15,000 people in New York are pretty well nil for me at the moment anyway. So I thought it would be great."

Richard admitted he would struggle to name any of Morrissey's hits. "I couldn't tell you the titles. I've just googled him to see what kinds of crowds he plays to and what sort of show he did. I'm thinking, OK, it looks like a pop-rock show," he said. PA

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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