General News

Morrissey and Johnny Marr were held for inciting riot at Canada gig

By:
Mar 12, 2014 | 6:40am EDT

The Smiths stars Morrissey and Johnny Marr were once detained by officials and accused of inciting a riot following an explosive gig in Canada. The British band caused frenzied scenes when they played a show in Toronto on their 1985 tour, and the concert culminated in frontman Morrissey provoking a mass stage invasion. It has now emerged the incident had repercussions for the rockers - they were held by local officials after the show amid allegations they had encouraged fans at the Kingswood Theatre to riot. Photographer Chris Buck, who was at the gig, writes, "The show was fantastic - he invited everyone to get up and dance (strictly forbidden), and I managed to get up on stage with the crowd by the end. Years later Johnny Marr told me with glee that the band was detained after the show for 'Inciting Riot'."

More General News