There are Morrissey zealots galore, and they probably care about which tunes from his extensive solo career make it into his live show. I just want to hear “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” the melancholic triumph that brings The Smiths’ timeless The Queen Is Dead to its climax.
Judging from his last couple visits, hardcore and casual enthusiasts alike will probably be satisfied when Moz returns to Columbus for the third time in five years. No new album; he’s just rounding the globe to keep in touch with the flock and bask in the warm glow of adulation. After two trips to the Palace, the dapper and hopelessly mopey Mancunian will tackle the indoors LC this Wednesday.
Expect snarling critique of British pomp and circumstance, pro-vegetarian propaganda and a wealth of bleak-yet-funny songs capable of instantly transporting even the most well-adjusted adults back to self-obsessed adolescence. Do not expect a Smiths reunion, ever.
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