Morrissey 4LMag September 14, 2015 Music, Trending Now Morrissey Tells Trump “to Eat Glass” in Back-to-Back Sold Out Shows By Taj Lyn The Smiths’ legendary front man captured the attention of a second sold out show at The Observatory in North Park on Aug. 21. The crowd’s demographic ranged from old souls in their mid twenties to men and women nearing 60. Age was not a determining factor. Morrissey’s long line of committed fans followed his every move across the stage on Friday night as he belted out “Kiss Me a Lot” and “One of Our Own.” Steven Patrick Morrissey—born in 1959 and commonly known by his last name Morrissey or by his nickname “Moz”—is an English singer and lyricist. If you haven’t heard of him by now, then it’s safe to say you probably missed out on one of indie rock’s most influential musicians of all time. As lead singer and lyricist for The Smiths, he rose to fame in the 1980s until the band’s dismantling in 1987, at which point Morrissey began a solo career. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK albums chart at No. 1. It’s evident Morrissey has (for lack of a better term) aged like a fine wine with his well-established charisma and bellowing vocals. His voice was intact, and he kept pace throughout the entire performance, never once abandoning his long standing reputation as a “legend.” His well known passion for animal rights was upstaged by a flash of police brutality videos playing in the backdrop behind the band. At times, I found myself more focused on the videos rather than Morrissey’s performance. Unlike so many upcoming artists, who consistently run rampant on their own egotistical, self-fulfilling pilgrimage to fame, success and money, Morrissey took us on a trip to the harsh reality of today’s violence and injustice. The videos were graphic and pointed to the abuse of the African American community by corrupt police officers. If we know anything, Morrissey has always been a man with something to say, something to stand for and has utilized his notoriety to bring awareness to millions across the world. It’s evident he’s got a lot more to sing about than just love. He’s looking for change and the hope is those who adore him will think hard about what they saw in those videos. On a lighter note, two free-spirited women in their mid-twenties stood in front of me bursting into song at the ring of “The First of the Gang to Die,” a charming little classic that continues to inspire a fresh upcoming generation of Morrissey followers. As it has for the past decade, there is no denying this song still has its way with the romantics, pulling on the heartstrings of every person in the room. Closing out the performance, Morrissey took one final political jab at Donald Trump. If you were wondering how Morrissey feels about Trump’s latest antics, well I guess you could say he’d rather watch the man “eat glass” than run this country.