Len Brown, Guardian, The, 30 December 1988
WITH A soft Charles Hawtrey-style "hullo" and a shower of flowers. Steven Patrick Morrissey returns to the stage. It's two years since his uniquely English band The Smiths played live, and 18 months since co-writer boy-wonder guitarist Johnny Marr's departure for rock 'n' roll Hollywood (Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Pretenders), yet now it's as if Morrissey's never been away.
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