Monday 22 January 2018

Loaded: Morrissey backs Marr in UK PM rant

John Meagher

John Meagher

It has been an awfully long time since they made sweet music together, but Morrissey and Johnny Marr were singing from the same hymn sheet this week. The subject of their ire? David Cameron. The UK PM has declared a love of The Smiths, and that's a big no-no for both musicians.

Writing on his blog, True to You, Morrissey got suitably high and mighty. "I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr who has spoken out to the media this week against David Cameron. David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags -- apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either Meat Is Murder or The Queen Is Dead were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence."

But the Tory wasn't the only one in Moz's sights. After delivering a right Royal kicking to Prince William, his "fiasco" fiancée Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth for her poor "command of communication", he gave both barrels to "avid hunter" Bryan Ferry. "I apologise very deeply for my support over the years for the group Roxy Music," he said. "I had no idea about their singer."

Less predictably, The Smiths man also saw fit to take David Beckham down a peg or two. "David Peckham is so dull he has yet to master his first words." Fish in a barrel, Moz.

  • Am I the only one who thought it was just a small bit rich of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler to bring up Ireland's economic woes the other night, when one considers the hefty price of tickets to see his band at Dublin's O2?

Granted there are eight musicians to be paid and there's a highly elaborate stage design that can't be cheap to run, but €66.70 per ticket? Way too steep.

That said, Butler and co were in fantastic form as they raced through choice cuts from one of the year's great albums, The Suburbs, and there was plenty to keep admirers of debut album Funeral happy too.

You can't keep everyone happy, though. A friend who attended the first show thought Butler's constant demands that the audience show a little more love -- "stand the fuck up" -- smacked of rock-star neediness.

  • Lovers of post-rock can witness undisputed masters at work tonight. The enigmatic Godspeed You! Black Emperor play Dublin's Tripod.

It will mark the Montreal outfit's first Irish appearance in the best part of a decade and should be very special indeed. Tickets cost €24.

  • Quiz fans might want to lend an ear to Nadine O'Regan's Kiosk show on Phantom tomorrow morning from 11. Yours truly will be heading up a Day & Night team, comprising all-round good guys Eamon Sweeney and Niall Byrne.

We'll be up against our opposite numbers from The Ticket, including giddy Clonmel chappie Jim Carroll, who -- I'm told -- has been ticking off the days on his bedside calendar. Bless.

Irish Independent

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