Morrissey's 2011 tour reaches Ireland today for a few dates in Cork and Dublin before moving on to the Isle of Man for a gig in Douglas next week. Tonight he plays the Savoy Theatre in my home town of Cork, a venue he last visited with The Smiths way back in November 1984 whilst promoting Hatful of Hollow. Regardless of what people think about his recent recorded output (personally I thought Years of Refusal was a strong album) the man can put on a great live show so in celebration of this week's gigs here's some old tricket stubs from previous Morrissey Irish shows in the 1990s. I know it's been written about so many times before but ticket stubs were so cool before the horrible ticketmaster generic stub came in.
The first gig of the Kill Uncle tour. This was Morrissey's second ever solo gig after the Wolverhampton Civic Hall gig of December 1988 and his first with new bandmates: Boz Boorer, Alain Whyte, Gary Day and Spencer Cobrin. The guys had all played with various rockabilly bands including, The Polecats (Boorer), The Sharks (Day), and The Gazmen (Whyte). The support band was the Stephen Street-produced and Peel favourites The Would Be's. Morrissey would return to the National Stadium on the Swords tour in November 2009.
This was the second leg of the Kill Uncle tour, in the bigger Point Depot. Support was from Phranc, the American singer-songwriter and the backdrop was the famous Cecil Beaton photograph of Edith Sitwell.
It was just over four years before Morrissey returned to play in Ireland this time supporting David Bowie on his Outside tour in the Point. Morrissey was promoting Southpaw Grammar and the songs from that album sounded really amazing live. This was a strange gig with the audience very much split in two. The Bowie fans stayed in the bars for Moz's set and likewise an awful lot of Moz's crowd left once Bowie hit the stage.
It was another four years before Moz came back to Ireland. This time he toured around the country, something he hadn't done since the November 1984 tour with The Smiths. The Dublin gig was moved to The Olympia Theatre from the National Concert Hall and the support band for this tour was Sack. The front of the tour flyer (above) used the full photograph of boxer Kenny Lane that was earlier cropped for the cover of Southpaw Grammar.