The album, whose title track is a defiant and mournful tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack by suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi, was first announced in May 2021, but in the current era of woke corporations, political correctness, and cancel culture, had difficulty finding a label.
"Bonfire" features guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Iggy Pop, and Red Hot Chili Peppers members Chad Smith and Flea. The album has been hailed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder as "some of the best Morrissey stuff I've heard in years."
In a statement on his personal website, Morrissey said:
"Capitol Records (Los Angeles) will release Morrissey’s ‘Bonfire of Teenagers’ in February 2023. The album will be released worldwide except for the United Kingdom, where there is no label deal. ‘Bonfire of Teenagers’ is produced by Grammy-producer Andrew Watt, and was recorded in Los Angeles. The musicians on the album are Jesse Tobias, Andrew Watt, Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Chili Peppers), and Chad Smith and Flea (both of the Chili Peppers). The album features Miley Cyrus and Iggy Pop on additional vocals.
The eleven tracks are: I Am Veronica, Rebels Without Applause, Kerouac’s Crack, Ha Ha Harlem,I Live in Oblivion, Bonfire of Teenagers, My Funeral, Diana Dors, I Ex-love You, Sure Enough The Telephone Rings, Saint In a Stained Glass Window. Album art is by Liam Lynch. Capitol Records (Los Angeles) has also licensed the rights to re-release Morrissey’s albums ‘Southpaw Grammar’, ‘You Are The Quarry’, ‘Ringleader of the Tormentors’, ‘Years of Refusal’ and ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, and these will be available in deluxe vinyl/LP formats. As with ‘Bonfire of Teenagers’, the albums will be issued worldwide except for the United Kingdom until a UK label steps in. Morrissey is managed by Maverick/Quest in Los Angeles."
Morrissey has been vilified throughout the mainstream corporate press as "far-right" simply for speaking his mind, rejecting censorship, and embracing diversity of thought. The announcement of the release of "Bonfire" is a victory for free speech, and occurs the same week that Elon Musk has promised to restore free speech to Twitter. Perhaps the tide is truly turning.
The lyrics to "Bonfire of Teenagers" includes the lines:
And the silly people sing: "Don't Look Back in Anger"
And the morons sing and sway: "Don't Look Back in Anger"
I can assure you I will look back in anger 'till the day I die
The Manchester Arena bombing left 1,017 injured and 23 dead. Salman Ramadan Abedi's brother, Hahsem Abedi, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 55 years for aiding in the attack.
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