Morrissey played a concert at the BBC's Maida Vale studios that was broadcast on BBC 6 Music, where he played seven songs from his upcoming album Low in High School. In addition to single "Spent the Day in Bed," he also played "I Wish You Lonely," "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage," "When You Open Your Legs," "All the Young People Must Fall in Love," "Home is a Question Mark" and "My Love I'd Do Anything for You." No Smiths songs in his 16-song set, but he and his band did cover The Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang."
One of those new songs, "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage," contained the repeated refrain "Brexit, exit" (he is pro-Brexit), and he also, between songs, made comments implying that the recent UKIP elections were rigged against anti-Islam candidate Anne Marie Waters. "I was very surprised the other day. It was very interesting for me to see Anne Marie Waters become the head of UKIP,” he said. “Oh no, sorry, she didn’t, the voting was rigged. I forgot." When the otherwise enthusiastic crowd reacted with silence, he added, "You don’t get it, do you? You obviously don’t read the news." He also commented on Catalonia's battle for independence from Spain. "We say free Catalonia from Spain, free the bull from Spain, free everybody from Spain!" His bandmember Gustavo Manzur sang portions of "World Peace is None of Your Business" and "Speedway" in Spanish.
You can listen to the whole concert, which was broadcast today on Lauren Laverne's show, over at BBC 6 Music (it starts at the 2-hour mark).
Morrissey's tour hits NYC on December 2 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden (tickets).
SETLIST: Morrissey @ Maida Vale 10/2/2017
You Have Killed Me
I Wish You Lonely
Spent the Day in Bed
Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
World Peace Is None of Your Business
The Bullfighter Dies
When You Open Your Legs
Jack the Ripper
Home Is a Question Mark
All the Young People Must Fall in Love
My Love, I'd Do Anything for You
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris