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Concert Preview: Morrissey, Kristeen Young Royal Oak Music Theatre Sunday, Dec. 17

As a special early Christmas gift (although he'd never call it that!) Morrissey will be gracing Royal Oak Music Theatre with his presence and unflappable voice this Sunday. While he doesn't have a new album out - he may not even have a label, Morrissey will be pulling from his huge catalog of songs and even pulling a few surprises . I've heard rumors (even seen video)of him playing his breathtaking "I Know It's Over" from his days fronting the Smiths on this tour.
Morrissey is often recognized as the most important British musician of his generation. The New York Times recently stated, ”Morrissey isn’t just any singer: he has become one of the defining rock stars of the past few decades by virtue of his grand voice, his grander songs, and his charming habit of playing with melodrama”.His influence is felt worldwide through the countless artists that cite him as their primary inspiration.
If you show up early, you'll catch the thrilling and emotional Kristeen Young, who was actually interviewed here on MCB a few years ago when she did a small show at the Modern Exchange. YOUNG will play material from her most recent seven-song EP, V THE VOLCANIC (released in April), on which she worked again with legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Morrissey), who contributed bass and guitar and also produced her 2009 album Music for Strippers, Hookers and the Odd On-Looker. This time, Young drew upon the cinema, writing originals inspired by supporting characters—some of them quite unexpected: Violet Bick in Frank Capra’s 1946 favorite It’s A Wonderful Life (“V The Volcanic”), the Angry Apple Tree of 1939’s The Wizard of Oz (“I’ll Get You Back”), Lucy Westenra in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula (“Why Can’t It Be Me?”), Old Lodge Skins in 1970’s Little Big Man (“Now I’m Invisible”), the android Pris from 1982’s Blade Runner (“The Devil Made Me”), Sarah Jane Johnson in Douglas Sirk’s 1959 melodrama Imitation of Life (“Imitation of Life”) and Cleopatra in he 1963 Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton adaptation of Cleopatra (“Fantastic Failure”)…the exception to the supporting character rule
.Kristeen has been personally invited by Morrissey to open for him, most recently this past summer for his shows in the U.K. The video for “Fantastic Failure” was shot amid the landmarks of her hometown St. Louis and directed by LA video director Seaton Lin.