Sorry Riot Fest, Morrissey Says He's Not Playing Your Festival

BY Gregory AdamsPublished May 23, 2016

Last week, it was announced that Morrissey would be one of the bill-topping acts heading to Chicago this September as part of the annual Riot Fest. Thing is, he doesn't exactly see things the same way, as a statement has been put out explaining that the celebrated singer's appearance hasn't actually been confirmed yet.

A poster for the event billed Moz as the second headliner, behind the reunited Misfits, but a statement through the singer's True to You fan site posted the following message today (May 23): "As of this date (May 23), Morrissey is not a part of this year's Chicago Riot Fest."

Now, that's not to say that he won't end up playing the Windy City's Riot Fest & Carnival, which takes place from September 16 to 18, but it appears as if the poster reveal may have been rushed. Organizers behind the event have not responded to True to You's claims.

If you want to get your conspiracy theory tin-foil hats on, it should be noted that yesterday (May 22) was Morrissey's 57th birthday. Riot Fest celebrated this with a chipper tweet:
Let's, for a second, remember that Morrissey once sang about an "Unhappy Birthday" while in the Smiths, and had long ago told reporters that his favourite day was May 21, 1959, because it was the day before he was born. Perhaps they should've given him a shout-out today (May 23), considering it's not his birthday anymore.

As for the rest of Riot Fest's Chicago lineup, it also includes sets from Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Brand New, NAS, the Specials, Deftones, Fitz & the Tantrums, Jimmy Eat World, Descendents, Refused, NOFX, Bad Religion, and many more. 

Riot Fest also takes place in Denver from September 2 to 4.

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