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Although many felt that [Morrissey] without the Smith's talented guitarist Johnny Marr would be like Mick Jagger without Keith Richards, Morrissey's show proved otherwise. It was more like David Bowie without Mick Ronson, or Bryan Ferry without Phil Manzanera - life not only goes on, but sometimes gets better.
Morrissey's new band consists of bassist Gary Day, a drummer who calls himself only Spencer, and guitarists Alain White and Boz Boorer. Sharing Morrissey's current, unexpected passion for rockabilly, the band gave a buoyant '50s setting to the material.
Some of Morrissey's fans clearly feel the same way about him. During "Disappointed," the second encore, a few dozen rushed the stage, grabbing at their sensitive yet frolicsome hero. Security guards spirited the singer away, and the show ended somewhat abruptly. Though Spencer the drummer seemed to toss his sticks into the crowd in frustration, Morrissey's reaction was said by his spokeswoman to be not disappointed, but delighted.