Morrissey has been a malcontent for as long as anyone can remember. The former Smiths singer is famously cantankerous (and litigious), but despite all his grousing, we’d never guess that he’d actually give up performing.
According to an interview that Moz gave to something called LAMC Productions, though, he plans to call it quits come 2014. The 53-year-old singer told the site he was ready to kick back after what he called “aging a lot recently.”
“I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have,” he said. “This is my 30th year, and I’ve aged a lot recently, which is bit distressing for me, as it must be for everyone. The body changes shape and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
As sad as we’d be to see Morrissey go, we have to say we don’t believe it will happen. And not just because the thought itself is devastating. Plenty of artists have claimed they were retiring, only to show up time and time again on stage. Here are four of our favorites.
In 2008, at the Bonnaroo music festival, “Paper Planes” performer M.I.A. announced to her crowd that “This is my last show, and I’m glad I’m spending it with all my hippies.” In a later interview, she said "It was my last ever show. And it still is. I stopped touring after that and I didn’t want to make music again. I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved." Not too long after that, however, she appeared at a party for the fashion label Diesel and then told Entertainment Weekly, “Now,with the success of ‘Paper Planes,’ there’s pull for me to make another record. Even my mum believes in me more.” Of course it didn’t take. In addition to never truly disappearing from the public eye, in 2010 she released the Vicki Leekx mixtape and a remixes EP and has a new album coming out this summer.
After widely claiming that 2003’s The Black Album would be his last, Hova indulged himself in what he has called the “worst retirement in history.” He was barely gone before releasing 2006’s Kingdom Come. I believed it for two years,” he said of his short-lived golden years. "Something, when you love it, is always tugging at you and itching, and I was putting it off and putting it off. I started fumbling around to see if it felt good.”
Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour kicked off in June 2002 and while originally slated to last for three months, the series of shows, meant to be the diva’s last, ended up going on for three years. And then did she retire? Of course not. In 2008, she was back on stage in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, where the then 62-year-old star had another three-year residency.
In 2007, rapper 50 Cent did his best to start a feud with then fledgling performer Kanye West, saying, "If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out any more solo albums." And what happened when West’s Graduation outsold Fiddy’s Curtis? "I don’t think I’ll retire,” he later said. “I think you should look forward to me going behind the scenes more, I still have passion for music.” In 2009, he released Before I Self Destruct, and the rapper supposedly has another record dropping this year.