Given his recent health scares - and the fact that he can still command arena-sized audiences across the world - this may be the nearest thing to a “live” Morrissey performance the Calder Valley will get.
Hebden Bridge Picture House has secured a one-night-only screening of ‘Morrissey 25: Live’ (12A, TBC)on Monday, August 26 (7.45pm).
It’s a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic entertainers who, despite not currently having a record deal, continues to fascinate and attract fans of all ages.
‘Morrissey 25: Live’ was filmed during the former Smiths frontman’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in March this year.
Tickets to the concert sold out in 12 seconds, showing that the light never goes out for ardent fans of the Mancunian maestro.
The film is the first to be authorised by Morrissey in nine years and features many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire.
While many people will be aware of his 1988 hit, ‘Every Day is Like Sunday’, from his debut solo album ‘Viva Hate’, Morrissey has produced many other hits in the past decade from albums such as ‘You Are the Quarry’, ‘Ringleader of the Tormentors’ and ‘Years of Refusal’.
In 2006 he played to a packed Victoria Theatre, Halifax, but since then the nearest venue he has played at has been St George’s Hall in Bradford.
Having been treated for double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a throat condition, he revealedearlier this year that doctors had suggested he should think about retiring from the music industry. In his typically idiosyncratic way he released a statement saying: “The reports of my death have been greatly understated.”
For tickets, £10 (£9), visit www.wegottickets.com/hbpicturehouse (booking fees apply) or call at the venue during opening hours (cash only, no booking fees).