There's hysteria as the star plays stuff from the new album, solo classics, and, yes, Smiths stuff...

Morrissey kicked off the first of five sold-out shows at NEW YORK’s APOLLO THEATRE last night (May 3).

The singer and his “band of Globetrotters” opened the evening with ‘The First Of The Gang To Die’ – taken from his latest album, ‘You Are The Quarry’ – before launching into the rest of a 17-song set spanning Morrissey‘s solo career and his time with Smiths.

Dressed in a red shirt, blue blazer and with flowers protruding from the fly of his jeans, Morrissey told the crowd: “It’s a wet, rainy Monday night in Harlem and we are Morrissey.”

The singer spoke to the crowd throughout the set, as well as giving people his microphone to talk back.

At one point, a fan shouted, “Escape from Tony Blair, he’s worse than Thatcher” before Morrissey replied, “At least Thatcher told you she was evil.”

After a rousing rendition of the latest single, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, the band left the stage – only to return for an encore.

However, as Morrissey re-emerged, one fan rushed onstage to hug the singer, before being led off.

An onlooker said: “As the band started ‘Hand in Glove’, the fan was probably getting hand in cuff! Moz seemed a bit rattled at first but as the song progressed he shook it off and delivered a final incredible performance before exiting for the night.”

The New York Apollo Theatre set-listing was:

‘The First Of The Gang To Die’

‘Hairdresser On Fire’

‘The Headmaster Ritual’

‘Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice’

‘Jack The Ripper’

‘How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?’

‘Let Me Kiss You’

‘The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores’

‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’

‘Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference’

‘I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday’

‘No One Can Hold A Candle To You’

‘I’m Not Sorry’

‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

‘All The Lazy Dykes’

‘Irish Blood, English Heart’

‘Hand in Glove’

As previously reported on NME.COM, Morrissey, The Ordinary Boys and New York Dolls.

This year’s event runs from June 11-27 at London’s South Bank Centre and will also see the singer play three concerts himself – opening the festival (June 11) and performing again on June 25-26.

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