Morrissey still courting controversy, 30 years on

IT MAY be almost 30 years since The Smiths formed, but its frontman remains a fascinating character who remains in the headlines.

Morrissey (pictured top) seems to divide opinion like a certain food spread, but Borderers can make their own mind up on his music when he appears at Hawick Town Hall on Tuesday, June 21.

While he conjures up vastly different feelings among some, there is no doubting Morrissey was part of one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.

The Smiths produced four albums in five years, with the partnership of Johnny Marr and Morrissey recording anthemic tracks such as The Charming Man, How Soon Is Now? and There is a Light That Never Goes Out.

Within six months of the Smiths’ split in 1987, the 51-year-old recorded his first solo album Viva Hate.

He has since recorded another eight albums, with his latest tour the first time he has returned to the stage for two years.

While some, such as The Cure’s Robert Smith, are not fans, Noel Gallagher has described Morrissey as a “hero”, and Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow by calling 01750 725480 or www.borderevents.com