The gig is also on the Smiths star's birthday...

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has made a sensational return to his hometown of MANCHESTER with his first gig in the city in 12 years.

NME.COM joined the thousands of fans to see the gig at the Manchester MEN Arena(May 22) which took place the week his first album in seven years 'You Are The Quarry', came out (May 17) through Attack Records.

The album is widely expected to enter the UK charts inside the top 5 later today.

At the show, which also took place on the singer's birthday, Morrissey[/url]
appeared to be having the time of his life.

”It’s been the nicest birthday I’ve ever had,” the emotional singer said during the set. “You’ve made a happy man very old.”

He then joked: “I can’t believe I’m 29. Where did the years go? Why did the years go?”

Morrissey[/url] was backed by his traditional band, while his name was lit up in huge Elvis-style letters behind him.

The set was comprised of songs from ’You Are The Quarry’, but he also found time to fit in some classic Smiths songs, ending with an anthemic ’There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ - Morrissey[/url] taking off his shirt and throwing it into the crowd, before being given a standing ovation.

Throughout, his hometown crowd were constantly chanting the singer’s name and crowdsurfing in an attempt to get on the stage.

The setlist ran:‘First Of The Gang To Die’
‘Hairdresser On Fire’
‘Irish Blood, English Heart'
‘Headmaster Ritual’
‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’
’I Have Forgiven Jesus’
‘I Know It's Gonna Happen’
’How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?’
’Rubber Ring’
‘Such A Little Thing’
‘Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice’
‘The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores’
‘Let Me Kiss You’
‘No One Can Hold A Candle To You’
‘Jack The Ripper’
‘A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours’
‘I'm Not Sorry’
‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite’
‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’

From here, Morrissey[/url] has confirmed a major tour. The singer will curate and also play at this year's Meltdown Festival at the London Royal Festival Hall, as well as touring the US on Lollapalooza.

A return to Manchester is planned for the
Move festival (July 11), as well as sets at
Glastonbury and the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals.

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