It was on this day in 1988 that Morrissey backed by his former band The Smiths (minus Johnny Marr) played his first solo concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. The concert was announced on BBC Radio 1 on Monday 19th December (four days prior to the actual gig). Entrance was free to anyone wearing a Smiths or Morrissey T-shirt. The setlist was a mix of new solo stuff from Morrissey and Smiths tracks from 1987, so none of the songs had ever been performed in front of a live audience before.
Watch the concert below.
Morrissey, in an interview published in Record Mirror on 11 September 1989:
Q: What was it like playing live again when you appeared in Wolverhampton in December?
A: “It was nice. I did enjoy it. It was nice to be fondled.”
Q: Was it good to be back on stage?
A: “No, it was just nice to be fondled. I was a bit wobbly. I thought that as I was walking on stage I’d change direction, but I didn’t. It was great to be back in the natural habitat.”
Q: How did it feel with Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon backing you?
A: “Very tearful. There was a radiant feeling on stage. You knew where everybody was and who they were, which was astonishingly good. It was a really comfortable feeling. No, comfortable sounds like an old cardigan… but it was nice.”
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Sister I’m A Poet
Death At One’s Elbow
/Sweet And Tender Hooligan