Morrissey, Manchester Arena

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Still a relevant artist – a tour through the icon’s solo career:

20th August 2016: My last encounter with Morrissey ended somewhat abruptly in Warsaw in November 2014 when a remark from the audience caused offence he stormed off stage 25 minutes into the set.

Hopefully its unlikely that Morrissey will repeat this in front of what is (despite talk of poor ticket sales) an almost capacity arena.

© Steve Hampson | For FOTF
© Steve Hampson | For FOTF

The set gets off to a blistering start with Suedehead, Alma Matters and All You Need Is Me then its a tour through Morrissey’s solo career as he plays songs from 10 of his previous albums going back as far as 1988’s Viva Hate. The variety of his back catalogue is breath taking and when you here songs as different as Istanbul, Ouija Board, Ouija Board and the almost anthemic Everyday Is Like Sunday played with Ganglord, Jack The Ripper and One Of Our Own you appreciate what an incredible song writer Morrissey is.

© Steve Hampson | For FOTF
© Steve Hampson | For FOTF

Despite rumours that this might be Morrissey’s last Manchester concert it was not a particularly crowd pleasing set with only 2 Smiths tracks, Meat Is Murder( with the disturbing slaughter house video) and the lesser known What She Said which has been played regularly in the last 12 months.

The set concluded with Oboe Concerto highlighting the talents of Boz Boorer who has been a constant presence in most of Morrissey’s solo career and who’s contribution I feel is sometimes overlooked.

Apparently when the band soundchecked they played There Is A Light That Never Goes Out but it wasn’t to be  and after a few words from Morrissey about the prophetic nature of the lyrics Irish Blood, English Heart was belted out  and then he was gone.

© Steve Hampson | For FOTF
© Steve Hampson | For FOTF

Whether this is the last Manchester sees of Morrissey remains to be seen, but career wise he’s not done yet as there are 15 completed songs looking for somebody to release them and more tour dates booked in the forthcoming months.

What was clear from tonight was that Morrissey is still  a relevant artist  who’s music is still drawing in new fans and that he remains one of the worlds most iconic performers.

That my first ever gig was The Who at Belle Vue which shows how long I've been going to gigs. However despite always being interested in photography it's only in the last few years I've been fortunate enough to shoot gigs.