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Morrissey's management posts statement about "protests" by "fans"

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3:06 PM - Jun 29, 2018 #1

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The Guardian Gets It Wrong Again!

Let’s get real. “ Former Morrissey fans” have not organized anything. That “Has-Been Haslam” character was never a Morrissey fan. And his agenda, stated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth. He is simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself. Apparently his golden years have not been kind. If he really wanted to make a political statement he would make one about the Politicians. But no, that is not what he wants here. He is using this platform for his own agenda. At the end of the day, bullshit is still bullshit.

We are in the business of creating music and performing music. We are actually not in the business of politics, or bullshit. We’ll leave that to Wannabees like Mr Haslam and the Editors of The Guardian.

Peter Katsis
Deckstar Mgmt
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3:14 PM - Jun 29, 2018 #2

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk ... e-14844639

Morrissey's management hit back at Dave Haslam's protest party saying 'we're not interested in politics'
The statement has been compared to Donald Trump - and Haslam called it 'the best turn of events ever'
By Simon Smith 12:05, 29 JUN 2018


Morrissey's management have hit back at plans for a 'protest party' to coincide with his Manchester gigs in a Facebook rant.

In a post on the Morrissey Official Facebook page, Peter Katsis, of Deckstar Management, launches a personal attack on Manchester music writer Dave Haslam and claims Morrissey is 'not in the business of politics, or bullsh*t'.


The response comes after Haslam organised a free party to coincide with the second of Morrissey's two shows at Castlefield Bowl in July.

The event is being billed as a 'celebratory all-dayer of beautifully diverse soul-filled, hope-filled music'.

In recent years, the ex-Smiths singer’s views on race and politics have become particularly strident and have polarised fans.

Dave Haslam has been rallying Manchester DJs and music fans into speaking out - and his event has been covered in the media, including in the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian.

The Morrissey Official Facebook post is headlined 'The Guardian Gets It Wrong Again!'

It reads: "Let's get real. 'Former Morrissey fans' have not organised anything. That 'Has-Been-Haslam' character was never a Morrissey fan.

"And his agenda, stated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth. He is simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself. Apparently his golden years have not been kind.

"If he really wanted to make a political statement he would make one about the Politicians. But no, that is now what he wants here.

"He is using this platform for this own agenda. At the end of the day, bullsh*t is bullsh*t.


Dave Haslam

The statement goes on: "We are in the business of creating music and performing music. We are actually not in the business of politics, or bullsh*t. We'll leave that to wannabees like Mr Haslam and the Editors of The Guardian."

It is signed: "Peter Katsis, Deckstar Mgmt."

Dave Haslam took to Twitter to share the statement.
@Mr_Dave_Haslam wrote:@Mr_Dave_Haslam

Absolute result! Morrissey's management team issue a statement name-calling me - they are clearly rattled by the 'Love Music Hate Racism' event coinciding with his gig in Manchester on July 8th, this is the best turn of events ever #VivaLove
He said: "Absolute result! Morrissey's management team issue a statement name-calling me - they are clearly rattled. This is the best turn of events ever #VivaLove"

Many fans of The Smiths responded to the development with dismay, with some comparing the statement to Donald Trump, and other pointing out the absurd irony of the claim that Morrissey is 'not in the business of politics'.

Morrissey has made headlines for comments supporting the far right and Tommy Robinson, as well as calling Hitler 'left wing'. He has also weighed into the Brexit debate on numerous occasions, despite not having lived in the UK for some time.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr - currently promoting new album Call The Comet - has moved to further distance himself from Morrissey, two weeks before he arrives in Manchester for two big gigs.

Speaking to Channel 4, Marr said: “Things have changed. 30 years is a long time. I don’t feel the need to stick by anyone unless I agree with what they’re saying.

“Course I disagree with what he’s saying. I don’t think that’s really a surprise that I would disagree with what Morrissey’s saying. I think everyone would expect that I disagree. Course I disagree."

Morrissey plays two gigs at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl on July 7 and 8 - the first is sold out but the second show, on Sunday night, is not.

On that same night, Manchester DJ Dave Haslam is holding a 'friendly protest party' featuring more than a dozen of the city’s top DJs is 'in response to the former Smiths' frontman's divisive views, and his support for the far-right.'

The event will take place at Revolution on Deansgate Locks from 3pm until midnight.
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5:09 PM - Jun 29, 2018 #3

Thanks for posting this Mama, As I have pointed out previously The Guardian is an unfunny joke of a newspaper, a tabloid of the worst order, propped up by big money to spew its poisonous bile in the guise of news, Morrisseys management is right to remind people that The Guardian is routinely wrong about everything! I take my time to point this out myself occasionally!

Dave Haslam in cahoots with The Guardian, fortunately this is just derisively laughable as both exist without credibility, yet don’t ignore the intent!

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7:46 PM - Jun 29, 2018 #4

I don't have an opinion about this Dave Haslan guy personally.... but get the impression from other fans that he's big on self promotion. Have to say this statement from the management doesn't look great, though... especially on top of the bad press Morrissey is getting these days. Regardless of whether this guy is a fan or if he's just using the media to promote his event - Moz would probably be better off ignoring him rather than coming off badly in this snide statement.
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9:50 PM - Jun 29, 2018 #5

I wonder if Dave Haslan is going to cancel too? He's probably now got the supposed protest group going there!
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7:15 AM - Jun 30, 2018 #6

Dave Haslam is the Schrödinger's Cat of the Morrissey world, simultaneously a fan and not a fan, whichever way the current wind blows, whatever is most self advantageous then that is what he is! I agree with Mama to an extent, deoxygenate such rubbish, no fuel no fire!

Will Haslam quit? Interesting question, if he goes ahead it proves it was all about self promotion!

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10:01 AM - Jul 01, 2018 #7



That's why Morrissey cancelled. It went pretty viral.
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10:08 AM - Jul 01, 2018 #8

Yes, I expect he cancelled as he could not guarantee the safety of his fans, I myself was worried as we could see the wolves circling, on a personal note that doesn’t bother me one jot, but I appreciate that not everyone would feel the same way as so do!

Congratulations to Morrissey for putting the safety of his fans before money or fame or ego!
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10:13 AM - Jul 01, 2018 #9

Well I don't think Morrissey wanted to be confronted by protesters. There haven't been many times when he has been booed or challenged on stage. I don't think he wants any uncomfortable moments or to show any more colours we have not yet seen.

He would have walked off the stage anyway, so what's the point in even going?
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10:22 AM - Jul 01, 2018 #10

Maybe, I think it would depend on his mood on the day, somedays I would sooner walk away, other days...bring it on! I’d be surprised if Morrissey was very much different!

Maybe Morrissey will choose never to play the U.K. again, maybe these words are ringing in his ears “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country”, maybe the country won’t be ready for Morrissey until after Brexit? Maybe the old adage is true - all true patriots die in exile!

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