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Performance and protest: Morrissey plays to sold-out Austin crowd

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Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey and the crowd at Austin Music Hall. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey played to a sold out crowd on Saturday, May 24. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Opening act Kristeen Young. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Opening act Kristeen Young. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Moz takes the stage. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey's tour has received mixed reviews. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
He performed with a full band — Johnny Marr not included. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
The Moz. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall
Morrissey at Austin Music Hall

Legendary crooner Morrissey made good on his promise to return after a February 2013 cancelation, appearing at Austin Music Hall on Saturday, May 24. After a set by opening act Kristeen Young, Moz himself took the stage, performing to a sold-out crowd.

With an eager audience and a set list composed of fan favorites, it seemed almost impossible for anything to go wrong. But leave it to Morrissey to take advantage of a crowd in the most dramatic of fashions.
 
During his solo version of The Smiths' "Meat is Murder," Moz and his band turned their back to the crowd to watch an anti-meat eating propaganda video that was, essentially, an animal slaughter montage. Vegan-friendly Austin was slightly more tolerant than previous stops on the tour that reportedly had crowds booing and walking out of venues. 
 
Despite mixed reviews of the performance (and the tour overall) the show's highlights included the set closers "First of the Gang," "Hand in a Glove," "Every Day Is Like Sunday," "Life Is a Pigsty" and an enchanting new track called "Istanbul."

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