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Morrissey thrills sold-out Archa

17.7.2009

Legendary British singer Morrissey, former lead singer of The Smiths, performed in front of a live Prague audience for the first time on Thursday. Despite the relatively high ticket price, the concert at the Archa Theatre was sold out, so there wasn’t much elbow room in the hall. But no one was complaining: the sound was perfect, as was Morrissey’s performance.

Although the 50-year-old pioneer of indie rock from the Joy Division era is not well-known in the Czech Republic, the concert attracted many local fans as well as foreigners. The average age of the audience was between 30 and 50. Songs from this year’s album Years of Refusal, which critics have praised in superlatives, were combined with older hits.

He performed songs from older albums such as You Are the Quarry (2004), from which he sang the Johnny Cash inspired song The First of the Gang To Die. There were also older songs from the 1988 album Viva Hate and from many other albums.

Despite the great atmosphere, the lead singer himself did not get the crowd riled up; it seemed as though most of the audience mainly enjoyed the music and focused on Morrissey’s unique lyrics. The audience was affectionate, but not wild. The biggest reaction went to the hit song Irish Blood English Heart, where the singer describes his own identity in his incomparable way.

Morrissey was cheered when he threw one of his shirts into the crowd. The bass player earned applause for a solo and the drummer also received recognition for his technically perfect mastery of a two-metre wide gong, which was used precisely in complicated rhythms in about four songs.

11.7.2009, Právo, Jakub Mračno, page 10, REGION ČECHY (translated from Czech)

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