In Moz we trust: Morrissey could be memorable at the Joint

How soon is Saturday? After a series of postponements and cancellations, Morrissey’s almost here.

Morrissey’s 2014 album was titled World Peace Is None of Your Business, but for all of the English singer-songwriter’s 2012 to 2013 tour, it was he who was none of our business. Morrissey canceled an initial November 2012 date to be with his ailing mother in England, and then both of the 2013 make-up dates due to various maladies he suffered. Las Vegas could hardly be blamed for not giving the performer another chance, though we were far from alone, as Moz dissolved entire tours, save for a handful of dates that mostly took place in LA. I caught two of them (one in 2013 and the other last August at FYF Fest), both featuring a full setlist—solo and Smiths favorites, with the latter show including robust versions from the underrated World Peace—and Moz in vigorous, sonorous voice. Throw in his taunting of security guards and assailing of authority figures; his prolific (and often hilarious) bon mots; and his well-oiled and versatile sextet, and you have the potential for a truly memorable show—one we’ve earned, baby.

Morrissey January 2, 8:30 p.m., $45-$200. The Joint, 702-693-5222.

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