Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Smiths Tribute Band’s ‘The Queen Is Dead’ Blessed By Morrissey Himself

LONDON, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A group of Los Angeles musicians may be the ultimate Smiths cover band, and they even have the blessing of Morrissey himself.

They call themselves the Sweet & Tender Hooligans, and they’ve been playing Smiths tunes since 1992 around their hometown of Los Angeles.

But now they’re going to Morrissey’s hometown, Manchester, England, and this Friday (Jun. 16), they will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album by playing it in its entirety.

Morrissey and the other Smiths members are reportedly all fans of the goth-pop revival act, according to Jose Maldanado, the Hooligans’ Mexican-American frontman who’s lovingly called the “Mexican Morrissey” by rabid fans.

According to Maldanado, “Morrissey has even introduced himself onstage, saying, ‘Hello. We’re The Sweet & Tender Hooligans.”’

Maldanado adds that interviewers often point out the oddity of a Mexican-American Morrissey, but that even the tough crowds in England have “nothing but positive things to say to us.”

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