Flashback: The Smiths play their last gig ever

Thirty years ago, legendary British band The Smiths played their last gig at Londonâ’s Brixton Academy. It was December of 1986 and the band was exhausted from a heavy touring schedule, pushed back a month, due to guitarist Johnny Marrâ’s involvement in a near-fatal car accident. Their masterpiece The Queen is Dead â” NME even named it the greatest album of all time in 2013 â” had been released earlier that year in June to critical acclaim.

The set includes now-classic Smiths⒠songs from the The Queen is Dead, including “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and “Bigmouth Strikes Again.” Morrissey and Co. also run through “Shoplifters of the World Unite” and “Panic,” wrapping up the show with fan favorite “Hand in Glove.”

Nobody on stage had any idea they were playing their last show. After the tour, the band set to work recording material for what would become their fourth and final album, Strangeways, Here We Come. The band split before it even came out. Fans have spent the last three decades praying for a reunion, but that isnâ’t likely to happen anytime soon. As Morrissey wrote in his memoir, Autobiography, “Surviving The Smiths is not something that should be attempted twice.”

If youâ’re one of those fans desperate for a reunion and youâ’ve got some extra time, watch the entire last gig here:



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