Unseen footage of Morrissey’s first solo gig has emerged on YouTube. The December 22, 1988 show took place at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. The concert is remarkable not only for the fact that it was Morrissey’s live solo debut but also that it was meant to serve as a closure for the Smiths. That night, Morrissey took to the stage with 3/4th of his former band: Andy Rourke (bass), Craig Gannon (guitar), and Mike Joyce (drums). Interestingly, Morrissey was already in the midst of legal action with his bandmates, a fact that was never mentioned during their frequent collaborations during Morrissey’s early solo career.
The setlist is a mix of new (unreleased at the time) Morrissey songs with a few later Smiths’ songs that had never been performed live.
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before | Disappointed | Interesting Drug | Suedehead | The Last Of The Famous International Playboys | Sister I’m A Poet | Death At One’s Elbow | Sweet And Tender Hooligan
What a way to celebrate Morrissey’s 54th birthday! Thanks as ever to hipsterdisco for making many Morrissey and Smiths rarities so readily available.