Morrissey Kicks Off Fall Tour with Smiths Cuts + a Live Debut

It was a Halloween miracle. Morrissey took stage last night (October 31st) for his first tour of 2018, and he performed favorites from both his solo career and Smiths days to boot. Fans who showed up to Ventura, California's Majestic Ventura Theater were in for a treat in the form of 20-songs.
This marked Morrissey's first show in six months in support of his latest album Low in High School. He shook up the setlist by starting off with Smiths cut "William, It Was Really Nothing," a song that hadn't been performed since 2007. He continued with steady deep cuts including "Hairdresser On Fire" which was performed for the first time since 2004! Over a decade! Following this was "Something is Squeezing My Skull," another song out of the vault, seeing the stage for the first time since 2009. Watch fan footage from last night below:
The deepest cut of the night came eight songs in when he dusted off "Sunny" for the first time since 1999! He kept his die-hard fans on their toes as he went right into a beloved Smiths song that hadn't been performed since 2009 - "Is It Really So Strange." His crooning jangle-pop tunes sifted through the night, and mid-set he landed on a live debut of "Dial-a-Cliche," a track off of his 1988 debut solo album Viva Hate. It was a gift for any fans out there last night to hear their emo-goth hero sing a beloved track that had never been performed by him before.
Morrissey continued to wow the crowd with his setlist, as he did his cover of "Back On the Chain Gang" by The Pretenders, a song he decided to include in the vinyl reissue of Low in High School.
“I think the original can safely be counted as a pop classic, and as always with the Pretenders, of the brain as well as the loins,” he says of why he picked the song to Rolling Stone. “Chrissie is always ready to do something before anyone expects it, and for me that’s a well-developed artist.”
Morrissey ended the set with another rarity, "Break Up The Family," a song that fans haven't seen him perform in 18 years. He came back to a highly anticipated encore, which included his popular hit "Everyday is Like Sunday" and Smiths hit "How Soon Is Now?" Making the wait, commute, and money well worthwhile. Check out fan footage and the setlist below:
- How Soon Is Now - Morrissey
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Morrissey will play tonight in Los Angeles with another rock legend, Ms. Joan Jett, at Microsoft Theater. Will an on-stage collab happen? We hope so. This weekend he'll head down to Long Beach to headline Tropicalia Fest alongside Cardi B and Mazzy Star - quite the colorful line-up! See his full West Coast and South American tour dates below.

11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater with Joan Jett
11/03 – Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Fest
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
11/22 – Mexico City, MX @ National Auditorium
11/23 – Mexico City, MX @ National Auditorium
11/27 – Lima, PE @ Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición
11/30 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Fundicao Progresso
12/02 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Espaço das Américas
12/05 – Asuncion, PY @ Centro de Convenciones de la Conmebol
12/07 – Buenos Aires, AR @ DirecTV Arena
12/14 – Mostazal, CL @ Gran Arena Monticello
12/15 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
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