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Morrissey Returns to New York City to Play Madison Square Garden

June 26th, 2015

Going by just his last name, Steven Patrick Morrissey rose to fame fronting the influential alternative English four-piece the Smiths. But following the band’s fourth studio album in four years, the Smiths broke up in 1987 and Morrissey launched his own acclaimed career. His first solo album, Viva Hate (stream it below), arrived a year later. “All by his lonesome self, the Smiths’ founder might be expected to dig into his well-documented obsessions and really wallow. Surprisingly, the wailing soul’s solo debut is a tight, fairly disciplined affair. Viva Hate reveals the talents of its maker: innocent vocal hooks and vivid guitar riffs belie twisted lyrics full of the usual bizarre imagery, provocative observations and campy asides,” said Rolling Stone. Since then, Morrissey (above, performing “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” in Live at the Hollywood Bowl) has remained busy touring and recording—and being outspoken about a variety of topics. The singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album, his first in five years, World Peace Is None of Your Business, came out last summer. “His distinctive take on life remains characterized by a literacy in his lyricism and musicality as influenced by old standards as it is by the subversive punk he came of age listening to,” proclaimed Paste. “With a title like World Peace Is None of Your Business, you know before even diving in this will be Moz in top form.” Coming back to the United States to support the LP, Morrissey plays Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. And as an added bonus, local legends Blondie open the show.