LIVE: Morrissey

Panic on the streets of San Diego: Morrissey, the iconic Smiths frontman, treated the Observatory North Park to a long-awaited show (the first of two) on Thursday, Aug. 20.

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Morrissey, the iconic Smiths frontman, took to the Observatory North Park on Thursday, Aug. 20, for the first of his two sold-out shows -- and didn't miss his chance to weigh in on the SeaWorld controversy.
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The beloved singer had the crowd in the throes of exhilaration from the moment he stepped on stage.
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Fans had started lining up two or three days in advance for their chance to get to the front of the stage when doors opened.
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Moz played a varied set that included several newer numbers, old solo hits and a couple Smiths songs.
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Songs played included "Suedehead," "Everyday Is Like Sunday," "World Peace is None of Your Business," "Meat Is Murder" and "First of the Gang to Die."
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"Now My Heart Is Full," "I Will See You in Far Off Places," "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris," "Istanbul," "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," "Kiss Me A Lot" and "Speedway."
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For those who may be unfamiliar with Stephen Patrick Morrissey: He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and he began a solo career
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He made the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart on 10 occasions. His first solo album, 1988's "Viva Hate," entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1.
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He is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be "one of the most influential artists ever."
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In 2004, Pitchfork Media called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years."
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His lyrics have been described as "dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home."
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He is also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff haircut and his dynamic live performances.
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In the media, Morrissey's forthright and often contrarian opinions have caused many controversies; he has attracted media attention for his strong advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights.
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He describes himself in his autobiography as an animal protectionist.
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