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Morrissey in full voice ahead of Dublin show

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey launched another multi- pronged attack on the establishment when he returned to London's O2 Arena for his only UK date of the year.

Playing in the capital for the first time in two years and following reports he had been treated for cancer, Morrissey (right) delved into his stockpile of hate figures as he hit out at the Royal family, the government, the meat industry and his record label.

The 55-year-old opened with Smiths favourite The Queen Is Dead in front a mock-up image of Queen Elizabeth flipping the bird.

His backing band wore matching t-shirts carrying the message "f*** Harvest Records" following a dispute between the singer and his record label.

Morrissey plays Dublin's 3Arena tonight. However, previous tour dates have been dogged by illness, stage invasions and heckling.

The animal rights campaigner, who recorded the album Meat Is Murder with his former band in 1984, said he was pleased to read British press reports last week about contaminated chickens.

Before launching into the album's title track, backed by a seven-minute video attacking the meat industry, Morrissey said: "I saw the news online, and I thought to myself ... haha haha."