Rock & Pop

Morrissey

When: Thu., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. 2011

Is there a more fetishized artist than the man born Steven Patrick Morrissey? He's a totemic figure in the Britpop movement. A 2002 NME poll found him ranking higher than even the Beatles as being the most influential artist ever. His legacy has inspired a devoted Latino fan base, owing perhaps to Morrissey's Irish-immigrant roots. (Apparently, the experience of Irish immigrants in England resembles that of Latinos in the US.) Otherwise, credit goes to the man's droll sense of humor, the enormous popularity of his former band The Smiths, or an outrageous outspokenness that's made him everything from a pro-vegan celebrity activist to a right-leaning white supremacist. At the end of the day, though, it's all about his solo catalogue, which careens from the inherently jingoistic "Irish Blood, English Heart" to the cheeky anti-Thatcher diatribe "Margaret on the Guillotine." And while he's shown outright disdain towards the idea of a much-clamored for Smiths reunion, Morrissey isn't averse to visiting his ex-group's canon. For this week's swing through the Bay Area, Mozz will be trotting out a combination of Smiths tunes ("Meat is Murder," "I Know It's Over") and solo gems ("Everyday is Like Sunday," "You're the One for Me Fatty") at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Thursday, Dec. 1. 8 p.m., $75, $49.50. TheFoxOakland.com

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Dave Gil de Rubio

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