“When I arrived in Sydney last year the officer at Passport Control did her best to insult me and to cause a scene when there was no need,” Morrissey told the Herald Sun, referring to his visit for Vivid Festival last year.
“I refused to take the bait because she was so rude, and so she threw my passport at me and looked away in disgust! I thought, ‘Wow, welcome to Australia!’”
He then further accused border control of using “ISIS as an excuse to denigrate everyone”.
To be fair, it’s not only Australian border control that he has an issue with. This came off the back of a story about being arrested at LAX, where he said he refused to obey their orders of “stand there” and as a result was thrown in a cell, as he tells it.
“They went through my belongings and took $150 out of my wallet; they kept the money and said ‘This is what saying ‘No’ has cost you’ — which of course was illegal on their part. But they can be as illegal as they wish.”
As per any Morrissey interview he also spent time talking about what he likes and dislikes. He’s not returning to Brisbane because he didn’t like their “heckling” but Brisbane people aren’t the only people he has beef with. He’s also not a fan of the Queen, Donald Trump or the BBC. He does, however, like Miley Cyrus and JK Rowling. The former because she also refuses to eat meat.
The eternal question though when it comes to Morrissey is if he’ll ever reunite with Johhny Marr and The Smiths. When asked, “We’ve seen Axl and Slash sharing a stage again. Does time heal any wounds?”, Morrissey returned a typically mysterious response. “It’s no longer a question of time or wounds, but simply that the issue is now so remote that the question doesn’t make sense any more,” he quipped.
Morrissey is due to play in Australian cities, not Brisbane or Sydney, in October. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, 5th August. Check out all the details below.
Watch: Morrissey – Boxers
Morrissey 2016 Australian Tour Dates
General public on sale: from Friday 5th August, 10am local time.
Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Festival Hall, Melbourne
Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Friday, 28th October 2016
Royal Theatre, Canberra
Saturday, 29th October 2016
WIN Centre, Wollongong
Monday, 31st October 2016
Civic Theatre, Newcastle