Published 01/08/2011 | 05:00
Morrissey has always suffered from a unique strain of foot-in-mouth disease, but he's managed to really excel himself in recent days (see left).
No mention of the Warsaw furore is made onstage, although he performs a seemingly unrelated new track entitled 'Scandinavia'.
Rumours of his artistic decline have been savagely exaggerated on the evidence of this short but very sweet set, which perfectly juggles the Smiths, his solo hits and new material.
"I was reading the Irish Independent yesterday," he begins. "I saw the headline 'Morrissey -- Crank or Genius?' I thought, how dare they associate me with the word genius!"
An unexpected surprise is a gorgeously tender rendition of Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love'. Meat is Murder' is given special prominence, while 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out' also makes a cameo appearance.
It's a brilliant overall performance. Thankfully, music's contrarian in chief appears to have plenty of life and song in him yet.