Morrissey returns home! See Morrissey live at Manchester Arena on 20 August.
Morrissey Manchester concert
Updated: 8 July 2016
Morrissey has confirmed his only UK concert for 2016 which will see him return to his hometown.
The former Smiths frontman will play Manchester Arena on 20 August. The date is his only gig of 2016.
This is a chance to see the one and only Morrissey back where it all started. With his extensive solo back catalogue, Morrissey’s Manchester date is not to be missed.
Moz, Mozza, Mozzer or even just The Pope of Mope: throughout the years Morrissey has landed himself a fair few nicknames and a reputation.
Starting out as out the frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey earned his name as an exquisite songwriter penning the hits such as That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and The Ordinary Boys.
The Smiths formed in 1982 after Morrissey met guitarist Johnny Marr. The duo struck a songwriting partnership and, together with drummer Mike Joyce and bass player Andy Rourke, they went on to release The Smiths (1984), Meat is Murder (1985) and The Queen Is Dead (1986).
It was following the release of The Queen Is Dead that Rourke left the band for two weeks to be replaced by Craig Gannon. However, Rourke re-joined and Gannon stayed. They went on to create Strangeways, Here We Come (1987), but the group disbanded before the album was actually released.
During the’80s, Morrissey found time to write three books. The first was The New York Dolls in 1981, which was about his favourite band. His second novel, James Dean Is Not Dead (1983), was about the actor James Dean. His third book, Exit Smiling, was published in 1998 but was written in 1980.
Morrissey's solo career
Morrissey went on to pursue a solo career releasing his debut solo album, Viva Hate, in 1988. The release was just six months after Strangeways, Here We Come was finally released. Viva Hate debuted in the UK Charts at No.1.
Morrissey went on to release Kill Your Uncle (1991), Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995), Maladjusted (1997), You Are The Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), Years of Refusal (2009) and World Peace Is None Of Your Business (2014).
Along with his music career, Morrissey has been known to make a statement or two about his beliefs that are evident through his work and during interviews. Notably The Smith’s album Meat is Murder reflects Morrissey’s vegetarian beliefs.