Morrissey Slams Meat, Voting, and Pharmaceutical Commercials in Miami

Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's 47-photo slideshow from Morrissey at the Arsht Center.

Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Moz is beloved as the undisputed master of post-punk balladry, louche melodrama, and biting lyricism.

But he's just as revered (and loathed) for his proclivity toward provocation on a great many subjects, including the consumption of meat and the futility of voting -- not to mention far less pressing stuff like the banality of pharmaceutical commercials.

See also: Morrissey's Six Most Controversial Moments

Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's 47-photo slideshow from Morrissey at the Arsht Center.

Quite appropriately then, as the infamous Pope of Mope (or maybe he'd now be more aptly nicknamed the King of Zing) performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts' Knight Concert Hall in downtown Miami, he alternated between choice selections from his solo collections, classics from the Smiths catalog, and pithy asides on a few of his pet topics.

Photo by George Martinez

Predictably, the evening began with a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cartoon, set to Morrissey's "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday," showing baby chicks being separated from their mothers, who are shipped off to factory farms for slaughter by sawblade. The message: "Make Someday Today. Try Vegan."

Soon enough, though, the Moz himself, along with five rugby-shirted bandmates, emerged from the shadows to the screams of a rapturous audience of 50-something punk survivors, 30-ish neo-New Wave types, and sophisticated post-teen hipsters.

With pomp, he bowed to his devotees. And they threw smashed bouquets of grocery-store flowers.

Photo by George Martinez

In thanks for the floral gifts, Morrissey bestowed "How Soon Is Now" upon the overflowingly enthusiastic crowd -- opening with what's probably the most used-in-movies, soundtrack-to-our-lives Smiths song ever.

"I am the son and the heir," he crooned amid his band's beautiful buzz, "of a shyness that is criminally vulgar."

The true fanatics screamed along to every syllable. And already, some were crying.

See also: Seven Least Punk Rock Moments in Punk Rock History

Location Info


Knight Concert Hall

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music


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Cat Medina
Cat Medina

Why I'm not surprise the the article set you up to a negative perception I does not allowed any bit of curiosity for a younger generation to really appreciate the master works if that time the most beautiful harmonies a

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

Pretentious douche ... only thing worse than him is his fans

Derrick Lang
Derrick Lang

And then Morrissey promptly flew in an airplane, burning hydrocarbons and polluting the world in the name of convenience.

Miculito Bay
Miculito Bay

Julian Consuegra "Next, there was a bearded, shave-skulled guy who actually managed to get in a split-second hug. Both were unceremoniously thrown back into the throng."

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Bus fare to Miami? No last time I saw him he said Miami crowd SUCKED and he would never return to Miami . So I didnt go with that pissy statement. That was like 1999? ?

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