Morrissey triumphs at historic homecoming

Singer brings curtain down on Manchester venue

Morrissey played a historic homecoming gig in Manchester last night (December 23).

Performing the second show of a two-night run, the singer brought the curtain down on the city’s G-Mex – 20 years after The Smiths appeared for the venue’s first ever gig.

The singer had made reference to the band’s 1986 gig on the first night (December 22), telling the crowd: “Twenty years ago I stood on this very stage, in these very trousers and this very shirt and sang with a music hall act – you have probably forgotten them.”


Last night, he greeted the crowd with the quip: “My my, how Accrington’s changed,” before running through a career-spanning set that included tracks from chart-topping latest LP ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’ and earlier solo material such as ‘Disappointed’ and the controversial ‘National Front Disco’.

He also played a smattering of Smiths classics such as ‘William It Was Really Nothing’, ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’.

Morrissey later took a swipe at Jamie Oliver and Daniel O’Donnell after ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’ when he told the crowd: “That’s the song that’ll ensure I’m not on the New Year’s honours list with nasty Jamie Oliver OBE – the obese member of the British order, and Daniel O’Donnell MBE – the mad member of the British order”.

Morrissey played:


‘First Of The Gang To Die’


‘The Youngest Was The Most Loved’

‘You Have Killed Me’



‘I’ll Never Be Anybody’s Hero Now’

‘William, It Was Really Nothing’

‘Irish Blood, English Heart’

‘I Will See You In Far-off Places’

‘Girlfriend In A Coma’

‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

‘In The Future When All’s Well’

‘I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty’

‘Let Me Kiss You’

‘The National Front Disco’

‘Dear God, Please Help Me’

‘How Soon Is Now?’

‘I Just Want To See The Boy Happy’

‘Life Is A Pigsty’

‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’

‘Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice’

The venue will now be rebranded as Manchester Central Convention Complex from January 1.