By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
After the crowd constructively spends a couple of hours pogoing and partying, Blade comes back onstage to introduce a Smiths cover band who have flown “all the way from Dublin” to play the convention. It’s clear that These Charming Men (catchy name, that) have got the repertoire down cold, but their Moz-alike is lame, missing cues and generally coming off like someone who’s being paid to care. They are miles from the Sweet and Tender Hooligans, the great cover band that even Morrissey himself has endorsed.
But Moz once said, What difference does it make? Everyone’s singing along anyway, locking arms and hearts in fealty to their mutual love. It’s a beautiful thing, this kind of collective ardor for the greatest band of the ’80s. They will all do it again next year, and hope the Sweet and Tender Hooligans show up.
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