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Live Review: Morrissey at Genting Arena, Birmingham (27/2/18)


The Smiths were one of the bands that changed my life and helped to define my teenage years, much like, I assume, most of you reading this. And of course, the spearhead of that momentous ship was Stephen Morrissey whom only adopts his surname for the stage. My love for The Smiths carries through to Morrissey's solo projects with albums like "Viva Hate" and "Your Arsenal" being personal favourites of the tortured vegan. So to see him on tour on the back of his grower of an album "Low In High School" which contains songs that I was really excited to see live along with his plethora of classics!


And boy did Morrissey not disappoint. One of the greatest performers I have ever seen and one of the best shows I've ever seen. The show started with a 30 minute montage of live performances ranging from The Ramones to t.a.t.u to The 4 Tops, it was a really fun watch. At the end the curtain dropped and Morrissey and his band strutted out, oozing coolness as they plunged straight into an Elvis cover. One of two covers on the night that weren't Smiths songs as well, which was actually quite a nice switch up.

And honestly it did get quite 'preachy' at times as he blasted through tracks like "The Bullfighter Dies" and "I Bury The Living" but aside from that it was a very fun setlist as Morrissey dad danced his way through the instrumentals and as he finished with "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he tore his shirt off and walked off... not quite the ending I was expecting but fitting nonetheless. It was amazing to see 2 Smiths songs performed live by the man himself ("How Soon Is Now?" & "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish") they got the crowd dancing and bouncing along, singing their hearts out to every word, there were probably a few disappointed at the lack of Smiths songs but if you're planning on seeing Morrissey and you're not a fan of his solo stuff then avoid.


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