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6.08.2004

The King Is Dead, Boys 

Morrissey on the passing of the Gipper:
'Bush should have died, not Reagan': Morrissey

MANCHESTER music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan's death live on stage during a concert - and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead.

Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer's Disease, had passed away.

And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey - who is no stranger to controversy - then said he wished it had been the current President, George W Bush, who had died.

Fan Tony Murray said: "He commented about the death of Ronald Reagan and when he wished that it was George W instead the crowd went wild."

The Dublin concert was the latest leg of Morrissey's European tour, which began at the M.E.N. Arena last month when the ever-popular performer made his first appearance in the city for 12 years.

He is due to appear at the Move festival at Old Trafford cricket ground next month.

A spokesman for Morrissey's record label, Sanctuary Records, said: "We do not have a recording of the gig, but as far as we can tell, Morrissey was just alerting the audience to the fact that Ronald Reagan had died.

"He then simply followed that up with his comment about George Bush, which was his own opinion. He is no stranger to controversy."

Comments:
To paraphrase another leading "British" musical intellect, I wish Morrissey would drop dead from aids.
 
Gee... a gay-bashing, ignorant Reaganite. So nice to have you visit my blog. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
 
Perfect moral parity, I merely specified the cause of the wished for death. My statement was no more outrageous than the original.
 
Granted there is some moral question as to whether anyone deserves death, but on the grand scale of things I'd say W has generated a lot more bad karma for the planet than Morrissey. Personally, the Man From Manchester remains one of my heroes.
 
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