It is worth saying that Morrissey really keeps his material steady from one show to the next, barely making any substantial changes to the pacing and flow. One notable exception is the interesting inclusion of “The National Front Disco” to close out the main set of his show prior to the encore. He sometimes adds that in after “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” to the surprise of many that review the main setlist beforehand.
Morrissey brings out one other surprise, but he does not do it at every show, singing “Girl Least Likely To” a deep (very deep) album cut from a b-side release over a decade ago. The few fans that recognize it know they are in for a special treat.
Aside from that, it is pretty consistent with originals sprinkled from his solo career dating back to the mid-80’s. Morrissey has been quiet on the solo front, releasing Years of Refusal back in 2009 and then taking a five year gap until this most recent release, 2014’s World Peace is None of Your Business. This also marks the first major tour since that 2009 album for the acclaimed British rocker. Despite this being an official tour in support of the album, he only performs two songs off the album. These are the title track and the interlude-esque mini-ballad, “The Bullfighter Dies.”
Setlist mainstays include “Yes, I am Blind” from Bona Drag and “Life is a Pigsty” by Ringleader of the Tormentors. Morrissey’s debut record, Viva Hate, is represented with the sole performance of “Everyday is Like Sunday.” It is moved around throughout the set, appearing sometimes as the first or second song, or appearing as a main set closer.
Hand in Glove
I Have Forgiven Jesus
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Yes, I Am Blind
Life Is a Pigsty
The Bullfighter Dies
To Give (The Reason I Live)
Meat Is Murder
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
Trouble Loves Me
I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Does he play any Smiths material?
Most fans know that Morrissey fronted the Smiths for the duration of the group’s existence, and was the main songwriter for some of the group’s most acclaimed material. Though Morrissey has said he will never reunite the Smiths and to some extent has frowned upon his history with the group in public, he performs about four Smiths songs.
The most popular is “Meat is Murder” from the album of the same name, as well as the dramatic yet noisy ballad “Asleep.” He opens nearly every show with a rendition of the Smiths “Hand in Glove” and often brings out “How Soon is Now?” The latter is the one Smiths tune played most infrequently.
Who is Morrissey’s publicist and press contact?
Morrissey is notoriously reclusive in his life, and public information and press contact is very refined. The artist made an independent agreement with famous New York publicist, Susan Blond and her company Susan Blond Inc. There is no company email, but you can fill out the website contact form to hopefully gather a prompt response.
Alternatively, you can attempt to contact Morrissey himself. True To You is his personal website where he has been known to respond and interact with fans. You may have some luck contacting email@example.com for more business related inquires.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Morrissey’s tour?
There are three main ways to retrieve presale tickets for Morrissey’s shows. The first method is the most direct. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets through their platform. The service is covering the entire tour, but you need an account with TicketMaster to ultimately make the purchase.
The second main option is through Presale Passwords Info. The online resource has been rather generous in collecting and providing presale passwords for shows, but you need an account with them to finalize anything.
The last method is the most indirect. Morrissey and representatives will infrequently post presale passwords on the official Morrissey Facebook page. This does not happen for every tour, but when it does, the passwords are reflected to work with most dates on the tour for purchasing through the official website.
“This was in fact a very unsentimental show, which is another way to view the use of “Hand in Glove,” which is one of the most unsentimental love songs ever written. “Meat is Murder” was a particularly vivid example of this raw approach, accompanied as it was by brutal slaughterhouse footage that was Moz at his most militant. (PETA also had a booth inside the Civic for the show).” – Steve Palopoli of Metro Active
“The Manchester native’s solo material doesn’t stray far from the melodic path he walked with the Smiths and, more importantly, the lyrical path. It’s wrenching, self-pitying, bleeding-heart stuff, and he knows it — with every wave of his hand, tilt of his head, dramatic bow of his body and, um, ripping off of his shirt, Morrissey acknowledged more about his fan base than he could have by playing The Smiths’ greatest hits: That people feel his music, identify with it deeply and personally, and have come to revere him as a sort of prophet of the unloving and unlovable.” – Rebecca Tucker of the National Post
“An L.A. Morrissey concert in particular is a special thing because of the Chicano culture that adores the singer, making up the vast majority of the crowd. Alas, are there other cities in America that Moz can play a basketball arena, the same venue that hosted Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam in recent years? I doubt it, and Morrissey clearly loves the culture that loves him, ending opener “Hand in Glove” with a sincere “gracias.” – Philip Cosores of Consequence of Sound
Morrissey World Tour
Started February 26, 2012 in Santiago, Chile | Ended December 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia
Morrissey World Tour
Started June 15, 2011 in Perth, Scotland | Ended December 18, 2011 in Royal Oak, Michigan
Started October 23, 2009 in Birmingham, England | Ended December 11, 2009 in Ventura, California
Tour of Refusal
Started February 11, 2009 in London, England | Ended July 22, 2009 in London, England
Morrissey Greatest Hits
Started April 27, 2007 in Stockton, California | Ended July 29, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tour of the Tormentors
Started March 13, 2006 in Tulsa, Oklahoma | Ended March 3, 2007 in Pasadena, California
You Are the Quarry
Started April 17, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Ended December 20, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland
World Tour 2002
Started August 8, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona | Ended November 9, 2002 in Athens, Georgia
Oye Esteban Tour
Started oct 5, 1999 in Tempe, Arizona | Ended April 5, 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil