Morrissey celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday (May 22) with the first of two hometown shows.
The Urmston born singer came onstage at the Manchester Apollo to a huge and prolonged standing ovation, before he said “50 gruesome years” and swiftly opened with The Smiths classic ‘This Charming Man’.
Featuring a set which included a whole host of singles from Moz‘s solo career and his Smiths era, the singer seemed in high spirits and was constantly joking with the crowd and shaking hands.
A surprised ‘Happy Birthday’ song preceded the start of ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, with guitarist Boz Boorer leading the way and the crowd more than willing to join in.
Shortly after, Morrissey quipped: “I’m not 50, I’m forty ten,” before adding: “Did you rehearse that? It sounds like you did.”
The crowd, which included comedians Alan Carr and Jo Brand, actors from Shameless and Emmerdale, radio DJ Marc Riley and music journalist John Robb, was full of quiffs and fans of all ages.
Still finding time to take a stab at the music industry, Morrissey introduced ‘The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores’ by saying: “I’ve been waiting for a time when someone says no to a Brit Award, says no to the phoney Mercury Music Prize and until that day the world is full of crashing bores.”
But the night was one of celebration and closing the show with fan favourite ‘First Of the Gang To Die’, there was still time for one more standing ovation before Morrissey and his band left the stage.
Fan footage of the final song can be found below.
‘This Charming Man’
‘Irish Blood, English Heart’
‘How Soon Is Now?’
‘All You Need Is Me’
‘How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?’
‘Girlfriend In A Coma’
‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’
‘Let Me Kiss You’
‘Something Is Squeezing My Skull’
‘One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell’
‘Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself?’
‘The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores’
‘I Keep Mine Hidden’
‘When Last Time I Spoke To Carol’
‘Best Friend On The Payroll’
‘Sorry Doesn’t Help’
‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’
‘I’m OK By Myself’
‘First Of The Gang To Die’