Morrissey performs in St. Petersburg

The former frontman for the Smiths just finished his first album in five years

May 29, 2014 

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Singer Morrissey performs Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. MCT

DAVID SWANSON — MCT

Morrissey, the charismatic and controversial frontman for the Smiths and successful solo artist, is coming to St. Petersburg.

Morrissey has recently completed a new album, called "World Peace Is None of Your business," that's supposed to come out in the middle of July. It's his first album in five years. The title single came out last week. It's been described as "classic Morrissey."

His current North American tour started earlier this month in California. The early shows featured songs from all eras of his decades-long career, including a few songs from the Smiths catalogue, lots of his solo stuff, some obscure covers and three songs from "World Peace" (the title track, "The Bullfighter Dies" and "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet.")

Reviews from the tour thus far have been positive, but have noted that fans in some cities have rushed the stage to touch their hero, even to the point of endangering him. They've also noted that Morrissey, who is never shy about expressing his socio-political opinions, has pontificated during the shows about animal rights.

Joining Morrissey are guitarists Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias, bassist Solomon Walker, drummer Matthew Walker and keyboard player Gustavo Manzur.

Kristeen Young, a dramatic singer-songwriter with an operatic voice who's been compared to Kate Bush, opens the show.

Details: 8:15 p.m. May 30, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St. S., Petersburg. Tickets: $55, $69, $79 and $89.50. Information: 727-892-5767, themahaffey.com.

-- Marty Clear

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