In an age when new U.K. acts come and go like flavors of the month, Morrissey remains a star nearly three decades after breaking out with The Smiths. At the time, his band unleashed classics like “Panic” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” that offered an alternative to the new wave-obsessed MTV playlist. When he went solo in ’88, the Manchester crooner remained relevant with songs like “Suedehead” and “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.” Though he took a break after 1997’s Maladjusted, he returned seven years later with You Are the Quarry and has regularly released material since, including a hits album in ’08 and a b-sides collection last month. It is the latter album, entitled Swords, that put Morrissey back on the road again this fall. As befits an artist from across the pond, Morrissey is known for more than just his music. He’s an animal rights activist, an indie rock role model and a sharp critic of disposable pop stars. His legacy is already well established, but he continues to work hard as if he’s just another rookie rocker. This hard work includes two IE shows, at the Fantasy Springs Casino and the Fox Theater. It’s no wonder Morrissey never goes out of style. (David Jenison)
Morrissey w/Doll & the Kicks at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, CA, (760) 238-5644; Sat, Dec. 5. 8PM, $39-$69; at the Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, www.foxpomona.com; Mon, Dec. 7. Doors open 8PM, $69-$99.