See footage from first night of Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths cover shows

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It all went down while Morrissey was a few hundred yards away in another gig

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Blossom and Rick Astley performed the first of two of Smith’s solo cover shows last night (October 8) at Manchester’s Albert Hall – you can check out the footage below.

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Billed as ‘The Songs of the Smiths’, the gig saw Blossom become Astley’s backing band for a whole set of his and fans’ favorite Smith songs, including ‘This Charming Man’, ‘Heaven Know I’m Miserable Now’ and ‘What difference does it make?’

“Smiths has always meant a lot to Blossom, complete with humor and soul-reaching musicianship and melody in even her rainiest songs,” Blossom said in a statement last month. “His popular moments are pure, joyous, danceable poetry.


“Imagine supporting Rick Astley to play The Smiths’ songs? We’ve dreamed the wildest, but not many. We’ll barely believe it until that happens, but the dates are set, we’re going to be with Rick Smith. Studying every note, line and beat to say ‘thank you’ and be proud of them both.

Astley said: “From the moment Smith emerged in 1983, I was shocked and it is, as a fan, with deep respect as a musician for Morrissey, Mara, Rourke and Joyce, that I have been on stage endlessly. Will join the enthusiastic and talented Blossom to sing his songs.”

Blossom and Astley will play their second and final show tonight (9 October) at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London. You can watch footage from his Manchester show below.


The lyrics to Smith’s songs played by Blossom and Rick Astley are as follows:

‘What difference does it make?’
‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’
‘Still sick’
‘Reel around the fountain’
‘Cemetery Gates’
‘hand in glove’
‘some girls Are Bigger Than Others’
‘The Boy with the Thorn in His Side’
‘girlfriend in a Coma’
‘well I wonder’
‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’
‘William, it really was nothing’
‘Valility begins at home’
‘Please, please, please let me get what I want’

Even then:
‘How soon is it now?’
‘this charming Man’
‘there is a light that never goes out’

Shortly after Blossom and Astley announced the show, Smith’s former guitarist Johnny Marr gave his verdict on the stunt – describing their collaboration as “weird and terrifying at the same time”, before adding that Blossom He failed to reveal his gigs upon meeting but he “had no problem” with the cover band or Astley.

guitar icon told later Granthshala That this line has been put to bed after it was exposed to a social media storm.

“I didn’t ask for it, but sometimes it happens when you’re in the public eye,” Mara said. Granthshala Before their show at the Camden Electric Ballroom in London on 23 September. “There was one MO that wasn’t great — but I’ve dealt with it. I think I’m a smart enough person and I’ve dealt with it.”

Smith’s frontman Morrissey is yet to comment on the cover show, however, according to louder than warThe controversial musician was seen last night attending an Ecobelly gig at Manchester’s The Deaf Institute, a few hundred yards from Smith’s cover gig.

Meanwhile, news about Blossom’s new album is expected soon as he teased the details of it in a recent interview. Granthshala.

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