Photo by Philip Cosores
Today, Morrissey kicked off this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Live in-studio series with a performance from Maida Vale studios. The former Smiths frontman used the opportunity to preview his forthcoming 11th solo album, Low in High School, as well as quip about some of his political views.
On the musical front, Moz debuted four new songs from his upcoming LP: “I Wish You Lonely”, “Home Is a Question Mark”, “Jacky’s Always Happy When She’s Up on the Stage”, and the suggestively titled, “When You Open Your Legs”, which he said joking was “about cycling.” He also performed the lead single from the World Peace is None of Your Business follow-up, “Spent the Day in Bed”, plus a cover of The Pretenders’ “Back on the Chain Gang” and selections from his past albums.
At the set’s halfway point, he made a remark about the recent leadership election for Britain’s far-right UK Independence Party, which was won by former Liberal Democrat Henry Bolton. “It was very interesting for me to see Anne Marie Waters become the head of UKIP,” he said, referring to the contest’s anti-Islam candidate and runner-up. “Oh no, sorry, she didn’t. The voting was rigged. Sorry, I forgot.” He also appeared to come out in support of Catalonia’s recent vote for independence from Spain. “Free Catalonia from Spain. Free the bull from Spain,” he said before “The Bullfighter Dies”. “Free everybody from Spain.”
Morrissey 6 Music Live Setlist:
You Have Killed Me
I Wish You Lonely
Spent the Day in Bed
Jacky’s Always Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
Back on the Chain Gang
World Peace Is None of Your Business
The Bullfighter Dies
When You Open Your Legs
Jack the Ripper
Home Is a Question Mark