Sunday, May 20, 8 p.m., $39.50-$59.50, all-ages
When Morrissey comes to Indianapolis, he will be in the midst of a tour that has him crisscrossing the U.S. and hitting every backwater casino, along with all the major venues in all the big cities. This is the kind of tour KISS or Def Leppard might’ve done back in the day, except without the lasers, smoke bombs, spandex, hairspray and power chords. But, this is, after all, the man who made the song “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” — a song about as far away from rock and roll as you can get — rock out.
Recent shows have seen a healthy mixture of old Smiths songs like “Please, Please,” “How Soon Is Now?” and “Panic,” along with newer solo stuff like “Lucky Lisp,” “The National Front Disco” and “In the Future When All’s Well.”
With that iconic voice and those unbelievably catchy songs that make even the most hardened rockhead get in touch with his sensitive side, Morrissey will no doubt keep the Indy crowd happy. Although most of the sets on his current tour have remained pretty much the same, it will be interesting to see if any surprises are pulled out on this stop.
Morrissey has written a book about James Dean, Suedehead, and Moz’s first solo video was shot in Fairmount, Ind., which the locals talk about to this day. Being as he hasn’t been playing it on the current tour, it might be a nice little surprise he’s holding back for Indiana. But, then again, we’re lucky to get any kinda show from this legend.
Opening the show will be St. Louis-bred piano songstress Kristeen Young, whom Morrissey has kind of adopted as his protégé. Be sure to wear black.