MORRISSEY 25 LIVE is a legacy
concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers. Shot during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on 2 March 2013, the film opens with fans talking about their unwavering devotion to the singer and the unique appeal of this unusual venue – a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Centre on the previous night.
Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium had sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on the US Tour before he was forced to cancel the remaining dates due to ill-health. The first authorised Morrissey film for nine years and featuring many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire, Morrissey 25: LIVE is an unmissable Blu-ray release for fans worldwide.
If you were asked what the single most influential British band of the 20th century was, chances are your answer would be one of only two iconic outfits, either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. It may come as something of a surprise, then, to hear that Britain's own New Music Express, kind of that country's version of Billboard and Rolling Stone combined, instead named The Smiths as the title holder of that particular honor. While The Smiths never quite had the overwhelming success on this side of the pond that they did in their native England, they did achieve a certain renown over here and they paved the way for their lead singer Morrissey to take off on a sometimes odd but always interesting solo career.