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The master of melancholy returns to our shores for his first Australian tour since 2012

Morrissey fans generally fall into two distinct categories. You've got your die-hard, I've-turned-vegan-for-you, this-man-can-do-no-wrong obsessives (really though – even his universally panned novel?) and more level-headed fans who will concede that there have been some marked dips in his solo output over the years.

That said, both groups are more or less united in their love of The Smiths – the seminal '80s four-piece from Manchester, headlined by Morrissey and fuelled by virtuosic guitarist Johnny Marr. Songs like 'How Soon is Now', 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' and 'There is a Light that Never Goes Out' are anthems for the young and the disaffected, and solo tracks like 'Every Day is Like Sunday' and 'Suedehead' are a testament to his longevity as an artist.

In October this year, Morrissey will return to Australia for a headline tour with his band. His last Australian jaunt was at Sydney's Vivid Festival in 2015, where he received mixed reviews for a set that leaned heavily on his solo career. By contrast, his 2012 nation-wide tour saw the 57-year-old unleash Smiths classics like 'Shoplifters of the World Unite' while ramping up his on-stage energy (at one point, he took his shirt off) and interacting with the adoring crowd. 

Pre-sale starts Wednesday August 3, with general public tickets opening on Friday August 5.

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