Has Morrissey, the man with le voz like rain who brightened up the Eighties with his morose and moody lyrics, gotten conservative in his middle-age? On the cover photo for his latest album, You are the Quarry, he looks quite presidential dressed in a plum pinstriped jacket, designer lavender, and canary tie, a look completed by the AK rifle he holds. Now he's out touring, campaigning for the success of his new disc. Of course there will be no respite from politics during his two Miami concerts. Moz stays on the stump. In "America Is Not the World," he chastises "the land of the free" because "the President is never black, female, or gay." In Boston he reportedly said, "John Kerry's got a funny face, but he's got to be President." Was he pandering to the crowd? Perhaps.
8:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday, October 24 and 25, at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets range from $35 to $59. Call 305-673-7300.