Morrissey closes first night of Staffordshire V Festival

The former Smith also takes aim at radio stations

Morrissey closed the first day of the Stafford leg of V Festival in in style tonight (August 19).

Beginning his set by quoting The Sundays‘ song ’Can’t Be Sure’ he made light of the weather saying: “England my country/ The home of the free/ Such miserable weather ” before launching into The Smiths hit single ’Panic’.

The singer then took aim at radio stations introducing new single ’In the Future When’s All Well’ by telling the crowd “Radio won’t play it”, before instructing fans to text in for it via a number that appeared on the stage’s screen. “It is the modern age,” he added.

The singer then thrilled the Stafford audience by playing several Smiths’s classics including ’Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’ and ’Girlfriend In A Coma’, although the set was mainly made up of songs from his current album ’Ringleader Of The Tormentors’.

Morrissey played :

‘Panic’

‘First Of The Gang To Die’

‘You Have Killed Me’

‘The Youngest Was The Most Loved’

‘Let Me Kiss You’

‘Girlfriend In A Coma’

‘In The Future When’s All Well’

‘Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice’

‘I’ll Never Be Anybody’s Hero Now’

‘Stop Me If Think You’ve Heard This One Before’

‘Ganglord’

‘Life Is A Pigsty’

‘We’ll Let You Know’

‘I Will See You In Far Off Places’

‘English Blood Irish Heart’

‘At Last I Am Born’

‘I Just Want To See The Boy Happy’

‘How Soon Is Now?’

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