The Smyths at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
It is The Smiths that helped popularise and define British music culture during the 1980s, producing four critically acclaimed LPs over their short five-year life. The Manchester five-piece were beloved by many but by the release of their fourth studio album in 1987 tensions between frontman Morrissey and lead guitarist Johnny Marr had caused the band to part ways.
With The Smiths not performing live together since 1986, there was a gap in the market. That’s where The Smyths come in. Arguably the best Smiths tribute act on the planet, The Smyths have gained a high profile, filling the hole in which the popular Brit-rock band once were, playing to lovers of The Smiths’ music up and down the country. The group was formed in 2003 and has since played more than five hundred shows including high profile gigs in Europe and at large scale festivals like Glastonbury. The Smyths give their audiences a truly authentic and genuine experience, just as if you were watching the real thing all those years ago.
This Autumn, The Smyths embarked on a special ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ UK tour to celebrate thirty years since the release of the group’s fourth and final record, which was first released in 1987. The band played a medley of songs interrupted by a short interval. Highlights were iconic tracks ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ and ‘The Queen Is Dead’, which were at the centrepiece of the set.
THE GIG IN REVIEW:
- Long performance by the band.
- An eclectic mix of The Smiths’ most iconic tracks as well as ones from the tour album.
inSYNC Rating – 7.5/10.0