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Former singer of The Smiths celebrates 25 years of solo life

Morrissey - 25 Live
DVD Review

(Eagle Vision)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
October 29, 2013

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Throughout the past year or so, Morrissey seems to have attracted more headlines for concert cancellations than performances, but as his "25 Live" DVD points out time and time again, the enigmatic alternative rocker is still alive and thriving. The footage was captured on March 2, 2013 at Hollywood High School of all places, which wasn't just considerably small after selling out the Staples Center a night before, but was the most intimate show he played in ages.

Moz faithful from literally all around the globe were out in full force for the 12 second sell out and they heap plenty of praises on the former front man of The Smiths prior to the actual program. Once Morrissey does hit the stage, he has no trouble holding the cult-like crowd in the palm of his hand, sounding absolutely spectacular on career spanning staples like "Irish Blood, English Heart," "You Have Killed Me," "Maladjusted" and "Meat Is Murder," backed by his blazing band.

One of the more emotional moments of the show comes during a heart-wrenching rendition of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," eclipsed only by an explosive finale of the band's "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side," complete with a throng of die-hards rushing the stage, including a young boy wearing a Smiths shirt who even scores a bear hug from the normally withdrawn crooner. Though the two hour show can't possibly pack all of that act's seminal songs or every underground hit from his extensive individual annals, each epic presentation overflows with the assurance that Morrissey hasn't lost any of his passion, charm or mystery.

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