Morrissey Returns to the Ryman Jan. 29



Giving Taylor Swift a run for her money, Morrissey’s publicist recently told Rolling Stone that "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite — ever." But a Smiths reunion tour would probably never ever even come to Nashville anyway — ever — so stop your cryin', freakishly devoted local Smiths fans. It’s actually a bit surprising that Morrissey is even coming back to Music City — and to the Ryman, on Jan. 29 — at all. (Remember when he almost played The Basement?)

Why is that a surprise? Well, things went a little haywire last time Moz played the Mother Church in 2004. During the opening bars of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (the encore), a big fan — both figuratively and literally — heaved himself onto the stage and attempted to bear hug the once-famously-celibate, psychotically vegetarian singer (a fairly common occurrence at Moz shows, as you can see in the video montage after the jump). Security reportedly reacted with haste, throwing the fan offstage and into the pit, where, like a double-decker bus, he crashed into a crowd of fellow Divine Mr. M devotees, while the singer was quickly hustled offstage and the house lights came up, effectively ending the show one great song too early. The pleasure, the privilege, was nobody’s.

As reported on an old thread on the Morrissey fan page, The Pope of Mope also complained about Tennessee’s then high volume of “Bush Country” signs and lack of vegetarian cuisine. The takeaway? Expect to spot the Smith dining at The Wild Cow. Seriously.

And if you go to the show, expect to see a multicolored array of flowing shirts tossed into the crowd (see first video below), some of the most hilarious gestures (see second video below) since Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Angels in the Outfield and Smiths songs such as “How Soon Is Now?,” “I Know It’s Over,” “Meat Is Murder,” “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” “Still Ill” and “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” — which have each popped up regular-rotation style in recent Mozfather set lists.

Tickets go on sale here Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. They are $35.50-$69.50. Oh, that’s a little rich for your blood? Don’t worry, the super fans (or the scalpers) will probably snatch up the premium seats by the time you’ve managed to decipher the Ticketmaster CAPTCHA. Good luck!

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