Morrissey returns to Buffalo TONIGHT … on the big screen

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I’m sad to say I missed Morrissey’s last visit to Western New York, at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls. But I have had the pleasure of seeing him twice, and both times came away stunned — the man is a showman, truly. (I saw Mozzer as a teenager at Kleinhans Music Hall, and then in 2009 at UB’s Center for the Arts. I looked pretty different at both shows — and so did he.)

He is also a character, and so are his fans. Many of the latter are onscreen in the concert documentary “Morrissey 25: Live at Hollywood High,” and perhaps some of them will attend tonight’s screening at the Amherst Dipson (7 and 9:30 p.m.).

Some info from the film’s official site:

“Filmed live during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on 2 March 2013, this is the first authorised Morrissey film for nine years and marks 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers.

“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 StaplesCenter on the previous night. Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium were sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on the U.S. tour. Featuring many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire including ‘Meat Is Murder,’ ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday,’ ‘Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want,’ and ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,’ ‘Morrissey 25: Live’ is an unmissable cinema event for fans worldwide.”

Check out the setlist, which surprisingly features two tracks from his underrated 1997 album “Maladjusted,” including the great “Alma Matters”:

  1. “Alma Matters”
  2. “Ouija Board, Ouija Board”
  3. “Irish Blood, English Heart”
  4. “You Have Killed Me”
  5. “November Spawned a Monster”
  6. “Maladjusted”
  7. “You’re The One for Me, Fatty”
  8. “Still Ill”
  9. “People Are the Same Everywhere”
  10. “Speedway”
  11. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
  12. “To Give (The Reason I Live)”
  13. “Meat Is Murder”
  14. “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”
  15. “Action Is My Middle Name”
  16. “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
  17. “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”
  18. “Let Me Kiss You”
  19. “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side”

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