Have Faith! Morrissey Won’t Cancel His Show

Illustration by Krystal Ramirez

Illustration by Krystal Ramirez

Yes, he’s canceled his last three shows here. Yes, we just opened a White Castle. But we’re certain that Morrissey’s next scheduled Las Vegas show—January 2 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel—will finally bring the Moz back to town. In fact, we’ve got five solid reasons why he’ll actually come this time, based on precedent and well-established facts:

He loves performing. In an interview with Mexico City-based alternative radio station Reactor 105.7, he says that doctors have suggested he retire from performing, but he doesn’t think he could even if he wanted to: “I have been cautioned to [retire], but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.”

He was really sick for a bit, but now he’s better. Morrissey canceled his November 23, 2012, performance at the Cosmopolitan because his mother was hospitalized and he went home to take care of her. The show was rescheduled for February 9, 2013, but Morrissey had to cancel when he discovered he had a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition that sometimes leads to esophageal cancer. Soon after that Las Vegas show was rescheduled for April 30, 2013, it was canceled a third and final time because of anemia resulting from that bleeding ulcer, plus a case of double pneumonia.

But Morrissey loves Las Vegas. Since the breakup of the Smiths in 1987, Morrissey has performed in Las Vegas a dozen times. At the start of his Oye Esteban tour in 1999, guitarist Alain Whyte suffered a back injury, resulting in the cancellation of the Las Vegas show; undaunted, Morrissey scheduled two December 1999 shows at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues to make up for it. Playing multiple shows in Las Vegas during one tour is not uncommon for Moz; he also performed multiple House of Blues shows on his 2002 tour, and visited twice on a 2007 tour.

He loves his Latino fans. Morrissey adores all of his fans, but in recent years, he’s developed a strong relationship with his Latino fan base. What better place, outside of Los Angeles, to visit with his favorite kind of people? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clark County has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country: Some 30 percent of our population is of Hispanic descent.

He recorded a cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite Of Love” at a show at the Cosmopolitan and released it as a single in 2014. How many American cities can boast that Moz gifted them with a live single, recorded in a venue in their hometown?

For the most part, however, we think he’ll play Las Vegas because it’s what he does. During a 2007 interview with Morrissey fanzine True To You, the man emphatically said that he’s meant to be onstage: “I think it’s the only time in my life that I feel right about myself. Otherwise, I don’t have any function at all as a human being … which is unfortunate! I’m not sure if I even exist off stage.” Welcome back to Las Vegas, Moz. You belong here.