Gig Review by John McEvoy

It’s been too long since Morrissey graced these shores (March 2015 to be precise), but a new album to promote has seen him back on tour with a series of 9 dates in Feb up and down the land.

Saturday night Morrissey rocked up with his 5 piece backing band to deliver a loud and raucous 21 track set to a Leeds crowd who were ready to welcome back what could be argued as one of the most influential singer songwriters of the last 20 to 30 years.

Morrissey - Credit Monika Stolarska_1

Photo credit: Monika Stolarska

Typically a Morrissey show isn’t the usual fare, and on arrival in the arena we were all greeted by the sight of a huge photo back drop of the Peter Wyngarde (aka Jason King), the 60’s icon. At 8:30 on the dot it was then straight into a series of videos featuring such diverse acts such as TATU, James Brown, Human League and New York Dolls who were a major influence on a young pre Smiths Morrissey.

9:00pm saw a confident Morrissey take to the stage and plunge straight into the old Elvis Presley cover ‘You’ll Be Gone’. From there it was a romp through his large solo backlog including several tracks from his new album ‘Low in High School’ which were well received by the audience. Many of the tracks also featured powerful video imagery with ‘The Bullfighter Dies’ and ‘Who Will Protect Us From The Police’ being the stand outs for me.

A review of a Morrissey gig can’t be written without a mention of The Smiths, one of the most influential bands of the 80’s and who are still revered by many. Morrissey’s set featured two of their tunes, ‘I Started Something I Can’t Finish’, and an absolutely blistering version of ‘How Soon Is Now’ which was my personal highlight.

Being lucky (or unlucky enough!) to be old enough to have seen The Smiths and witnessed them at the very peak of their powers, I think I can safely say that Morrissey hasn’t diminished in any way, indeed I think his voice is improving rather than weakening over the years.

There are only a few dates left on the tour, but if you can get a ticket, I would highly recommend it, this is a man at the top of his game, and I think the huge crowd who witnessed him on Saturday night would agree with me!

Set list: You’ll be gone / I wish you lonely / Suedehead / Jacky’s only happy when she’s up on stage / Home is a question mark / Munich Air Disaster 1958 / I started something I couldn’t finish / Who will protect us from the police / World peace is none of your business / Jack the Ripper / Back on the chain gang / I bury the living / When you open your legs / If you don’t like me, don’t look at me / Spent the day in bed / My love, I’d do anything for you / The Bullfighter dies / Hold onto your friends / How soon is now / Every day is like Sunday Encore: Irish Blood, English Heart

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