MORRISSEY’s second emotional homecoming this year saw the MOVE festival end on an enormous high today (July 11).
Just months after his first show in Manchester in twelve years in May at the MEN Arena, indie’s comeback hero filled the Old Trafford Cricket Ground to capacity on the event’s closing night.
Taking the stage, he declared: “Good evening, Weatherfield. I’m a local boy made bad,” before launching into ‘Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice’ in a set that spanned the lengths of his 20-year career.
Before Smiths track ‘The Headmaster Ritual’, he condemned his school, which was nearby but, he told the audience, ”in the interests of public safety has been burned down.”
He continued, joking that: “all the teachers were tried for cruelty to children, but the British courts let them off. And there’s only me alive to tell the story, and this (song) is that horrible story”.
Morrissey’s childhood friend, cult photographer Linder Sterling was billed to appear earlier in the day, but pulled out the last minute.
However, the presence of avid fans The Ordinary Boys kept today’s line-up distinctly Moz-friendly. Singer Preston told NME.COM about their own triumph: “Normally playing with Morrissey, because we’ve done it a few times before, you’re just biding everyone’s time until they can see Morrissey, and it’s very much the attitude. But today it felt like people were really up for it and wanting to see us, up the front singing along. It feels like we’ve arrived a bit more.”
Today’s line-up was completed by The New York Dolls, The Beta Band and James Maker. Morrissey releases a new single, ‘First Of The Gang To Die’ tomorrow (July 12).