For those who are yet to hear the news, this was a night to remember. It’s just a shame it’s for all the wrong reasons.
After his collapse in Swindon two weeks ago, Morrissey was said to be fighting fit. Fans like me were told not to worry, that the Manchester-born singer would appear on stage at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. If we all knew how brief a performance it was going to be, I don’t think we’d have bothered.
Right from the off it seemed like this was going to be a good one. It even crossed my mind last night might be better than the Manchester homecoming/50th birthday show, back in May. Greeted by thousands of adoring fans, Morrissey walked onto the stage and after a bit of banter with the crowd he and the band launched into a rendition of, Smiths classic, This Charming Man.
The crowd were going mad, surging forward trying to get close to their idol. The atmosphere was fantastic and Moz seemed to be back to his best. Black Cloud came next. Well, half of it did anyway. As Morrissey knelt to greet some of his faithful, he was struck by, what was described by security as, a bottle (presumably a bottle of beer). Not only was the singer visibly dazed, but he was soaked. After staggering backwards, he raised the microphone to his mouth before telling the crowd “goodbye” and walking from the stage.
Security tried to find who had thrown the object, but it was to no avail. Chants of “Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey” did little, nor did a similar one of “Get him out”. After some waiting a spokesperson came onto the stage and told us that Morrissey would not be returning tonight.
After less than a few minutes the gig was over. Fans visibly annoyed at what happened, some even crying on the shoulders of loved ones. A gig that promised so much, turned out to be a wasted Saturday night for all involved. Hopefully, we’ll all get some kind of compensation. Maybe even a rescheduled gig. However, no details have been released thus far.
You can see the incident below.
- This Charming Man
- Black Cloud