Well, it’s once again Morrissey’s birthday — insert “Unhappy Birthday” joke here — and the perpetually glum Smiths frontman is 53 today. To celebrate, we thought we’d dig up our favorite photo of him (yes, that’s Moz and Rick Astley), and then scour the depths of YouTube to see what kind of concert haul we could assemble.
Below, you’ll find a dozen full-length concerts spanning the years 1983 to present, with four shows by The Smiths (including the gig recorded for the Rank live album), and another eight from Morrissey, the highlight of which is probably the 2007 concert at the Hollywood Bowl that was filmed for DVD release and then scrapped prior to release.
As for Moz himself, he’ll celebrate tonight on stage in San Diego.
The Smiths, Manchester, UK, 7/6/83
The Smiths, Derby, UK, 12/7/83
The Smiths, Madrid, Spain, 5/18/85
The Smiths, Kilburn, UK, 10/23/86
Morrissey, Dallas, TX, USA, 6/17/91
Morrissey, London, UK, 10/4/91
Morrissey, Osaka, Japan, 8/17/02
Morrissey, Hultsfred, Sweden, 6/19/04
Morrissey, Hollywood, CA, USA, 6/8/07
Morrissey, Glastonbury, UK, 6/24/11
Morrissey, Vina del Mar, Chile, 2/24/12
Morrissey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 3/11/12
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
- Morrissey adds Manchester date to summer tour — billed as ‘only UK concert of 2012’
- Morrissey adds concerts in California, Arizona — plus first European summer dates
- Morrissey announces San Diego concert, calls South American trip ‘best tour of my life’
- Video: Morrissey’s full 80-minute set at Festival de Viña del Mar in Chile
- Morrissey preps ‘Viva Hate’ reissue, Record Store Day 10-inch — adds SE Asia concerts
- Morrissey scraps New Zealand concerts over ‘poor offers from local promoters’
- Morrissey announces spring tour of Japan — plus first-ever concert in South Korea
- ‘The Smiths — Complete’ box set: 8 albums on vinyl, CD; plus 25 7-inch singles, DVD