Fiona Dodwell: “Morrissey remains centerstage as he turns 63” (May 18, 2022)


From MusicNews.com.

This week - 22nd May, to be precise – music legend Morrissey will be celebrating his 63rd birthday. It's almost inconceivable to staunch critics that the artist has been able to remain so revered, relevant and respected for so long. In the somewhat fickle world of entertainment, to attain the kind of longevity Morrissey has, is an almost impossible feat. Impossible for some, clearly not for the singer himself, who has been releasing music for four decades and who continues to draw vast crowds in the live arena.
Over recent weeks, the artist has played a series of live shows, including at the Fremont Theatre, (San Luis Obispo, CA), the Orpheum Theatre (Pheonix, AZ) and the Cruel World Fest (Pasadena, CA). “Lyrics of self-discovery rang true with all generations of Moz fans,” one review stated (LA Times), “from the gray-haired goths, to the kids who just bought their first Smiths t-shirt at Hot Topic. His ghostly vibrato captured the crowd until the very end of his one-hour set...” Fans lapped up the energetic performances; his army of devotees pressed against barriers, reaching out to touch the hand of their idol. Audiences were also treated to a track - I Am Veronica - from his much-anticipated upcoming album, Bonfire of Teenagers.

Soon to come is Morrissey's residency at The Colloseum. The British singer will be playing a series of dates throughout July in Las Vegas, where fans are travelling from across the world to see the him live in action.

It would be hard for even his most stubborn opponents to deny Morrissey possesses that extra “something” - that unique charisma and energy that keeps generations of music-lovers queueing at the barriers. Morrissey fills arenas, theatre stages and festival line-ups around the world, even after 40 years in the business. Looking back to those heady days of The Smiths, where his performances on tour drove audiences to scenes reminiscent of Beatle-mania, and throughout his solo career, where many worldwide tours were sold-out, bursting to capacity, it seems safe to say the artist belongs on stage. Then, as he is now in 2022, he remains a vital and magnetic live artist.

As he celebrates his birthday this week, fans might wonder what the rest of this year holds for the much-loved Mancunian. With a completed album ready to go, several live dates under his belt and a Las Vegas residency on the way, it's fair to say Morrissey is still at the top of his game and ready to tackle whatever comes his way in 2022. As his supporters have insisted from the start, Morrissey is truly a timeless artist. His fans have seen the evidence.
 

Ketamine Sun

WE’RE ALL SLAVES
The truth she speaks, yep, Fiona knocking it out of the park again !

You gotta hand it to her, she’s out there getting her voice heard, which is more than you can say for the haters that strangely spend their time here negatively criticizing Morrissey, an artist that is going strong and obviously can’t be stopped.
 
The truth she speaks, yep, Fiona knocking it out of the park again !

You gotta hand it to her, she’s out there getting her voice heard, which is more than you can say for the haters that strangely spend their time here negatively criticizing Morrissey, an artist that is going strong and obviously can’t be stopped.
He could easily be stopped and often is.

Dodgy vegan pasta in catering seems to do the trick.
 
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Let's face it - if Morrissey's house was on fire right now, this would be Fiona's response:
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Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
The truth she speaks, yep, Fiona knocking it out of the park again !

You gotta hand it to her, she’s out there getting her voice heard, which is more than you can say for the haters that strangely spend their time here negatively criticizing Morrissey, an artist that is going strong and obviously can’t be stopped.
Knocking it out of the park? It's poorly-written, low-effort, cringeworthy pap which must have taken her about 5 minutes.
It's laughably bad. "His army of devotees pressed against barriers, reaching out to touch the hand of their idol"... Jesus Christ. It's like reading the diary of a 14 year old girl, and you think that's 'knocking it out of the park'?

It's unbelievable that someone as sharp and intelligent as Morrissey, who grew up idolising the Burchills and Morleys of the music press, now has people 'fighting his corner' with this slack drivel.
 
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Knocking it out of the park? It's poorly-written, low-effort, cringeworthy pap which must have taken her about 5 minutes.
It's laughably bad - "His army of devotees pressed against barriers, reaching out to touch the hand of their idol"... Jesus Christ. It's like reading the diary of a 14 year old girl, and you think that's 'knocking it out of the park'?
5 minutes? I suspect it might have been 5 hours with this being v 5.0.
 

Phranc & Open

I've known no war
Don't be too harsh or she'll have nervous breakdowns on Twitter again.
How can you make fun of her blog entries, which approach the phenomenon Morrissey so well-founded and objective? How?
 

Uncleskinny

It's all good
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Oh, here she is again, having received the memo, to pump out 15 minute's worth of pap, the nature of which is identical to the same thing she's been paid to say 17 times before

She has no independent thought and is an absolutely appalling 'writer'
 

Pokey

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Oh, here she is again, having received the memo, to pump out 15 minute's worth of pap, the nature of which is identical to the same thing she's been paid to say 17 times before

She has no independent thought and is an absolutely appalling 'writer'

Oh here he is again, posting the same BS that's identical to the same thing he's been paid to say 117 times before.
He has no independent thought and is an absolutely appalling "left wing" fraud.
 
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Academics involved in Anti-Fan Studies recognise 'disownership' as a form of self-identification. 🧐

From the Guardian in 2007, but I didn't note the journalist.
 
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The truth she speaks, yep, Fiona knocking it out of the park again !

You gotta hand it to her, she’s out there getting her voice heard, which is more than you can say for the haters that strangely spend their time here negatively criticizing Morrissey, an artist that is going strong and obviously can’t be stopped.
The definitive emperor without clothes. Horrid.
 

gordyboy9

Let The Bullets Fly.
every time fiona posts something it is the exact same people who say the same bilge every time.
its always she is a terrible writer and being paid which would make her best friend on the payroll.
geez peace,as if M is going to pay her to say something good,he lives and dies by his reviews of his concerts and the last four have went very well.
 

gordyboy9

Let The Bullets Fly.
Knocking it out of the park? It's poorly-written, low-effort, cringeworthy pap which must have taken her about 5 minutes.
It's laughably bad. "His army of devotees pressed against barriers, reaching out to touch the hand of their idol"... Jesus Christ. It's like reading the diary of a 14 year old girl, and you think that's 'knocking it out of the park'?

It's unbelievable that someone as sharp and intelligent as Morrissey, who grew up idolising the Burchills and Morleys of the music press, now has people 'fighting his corner' with this slack drivel.
that exact sentiment was pointed out in the importance of being morrissey and nobody batted an eyelid and that was by people like will self and miranda sawywer.
 

Phranc & Open

I've known no war
In a charming way, by interesting people, at a time in 2002, when many, very many, were literally pining for the big comeback and a new record.
20 years later, it takes this agency and an anaemic contract writer to spread platitudes. Where is the parallel?
 
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