Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Morrissey to perform tonight at Echo Stage

Alternative-rock titan Morrissey will bring his current tour to D.C. when he performs at Echo Stage tonight. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Last year, Morrissey was set to play two nights at the 9:30 club in June, but he had to cancel because of health issues. Tonight's show will be the fourth date on his current tour, which started June 11 in New Orleans and has also hit Atlanta and Durham. The veteran rocker's last show in the D.C. area was back on January 16, 2013 when he performed at the Strathmore in Bethesda.

Morrissey was the singer and lyricist for the widely acclaimed and influential '80s alternative-rockers The Smiths, before going solo with the release of 1988's Viva Hate. Since then he's released nine more studio albums and multiple compilations and singles, with his most recent release last year's epic World Peace is None of Your Business. Some of his most notable hits as a solo artist include "Suedehead," "November Spawned a Monster," "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get," "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "Everyday is Like Sunday." He typically performs a few Smiths classics on tour so don't be surprised to hear classics like "How Soon is Now?", "Panic," "What Difference Does It Make?" or other gems from his former band.

Now 56, Morrissey admitted last year to a cancer scare. He's been known to cancel tour dates on a regular basis due to ill-health. The chance to see a future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in a small venue like Echo Stage (well, small relative to big arenas like the Verizon Center and Patriot Center) is an opportunity that should not be missed.

Here's one of Morrissey's finest album cuts - "I Will See You In Far Off Place," from the album Ringleader of the Tormentors. 

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