MOR­RIS­SEY

English singer Mor­ris­sey is presently tour­ing Cal­i­for­nia, United States and will fin­ish with a con­cert on Dec. 15 at the Mo­vis­tar Arena in San­ti­ago, Chile.

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Overzeal­ous Mor­ris­sey fans am­bushed the stage at his con­cert in San Diego on Nov. 10, forc­ing se­cu­rity to rush the singer off the stage but not be­fore the 59-year-old was jos­tled by the mob as he was in­ish­ing an en­core per­for­mance.

The English singer, in town for a sold-out solo con­cert at Ja­cobs Mu­sic Cen­ter’s Co­p­ley Sym­phony Hall down­town, was just wrap­ping up his sec­ond en­core song — re­port­edly “Ev­ery­day is Like Sun­day” — when fans rushed the stage, cut­ting his per­for­mance short.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, ini­tially re­ported by the tabloid news web­site TMZ on Sun­day morn­ing and de­scribed as an “at­tack,” one of the con­cert­go­ers ap­peared to have “struck him in the face” while on stage at the 2,200-seat venue.

A 34-sec­ond video posted on TMZ showed the singer still per­form­ing when con­cert­go­ers stormed the stage. A few sec­onds later, se­cu­rity per­son­nel ap­peared, and chaos en­sued.

The video showed the singer be­ing rushed off the stage. He never re­turned, ac­cord­ing to fans who posted about the in­ci­dent on so­cial me­dia, forc­ing an abrupt end to the Sat­ur­day evening con­cert, where the singer per­formed 20 songs, in­clud­ing two en­cores.

Ac­cord­ing to TMZ, one con­cert­goer was taken off the stage in a choke­hold.

Though it was not im­me­di­ately known that night whether Mor­ris­sey was in­jured dur­ing the melee, his man­ager, Pe­ter Kat­sis, posted a state­ment on the singer’s Face­book page Sun­day morn­ing that down­played the in­ci­dent.

“No­body tried to punch M last night,” Kat­sis said. “Mor­ris­sey’s fans are not ma­li­cious. The fans were sim­ply do­ing what they have been do­ing for al­most 30 years. Try­ing any­thing they could do to jump on­stage and touch him, or hug him. The fan in ques­tion was cer­tainly more ag­gres­sive in reach­ing out for him than most, so se­cu­rity had to do their job and sub­due the fan. That’s all it was. In the end no one was hurt, and no one was ar­rested.”

San Diego po­lice had no record of any calls com­ing from Co­p­ley Sym­phony Hall Sat­ur­day night, po­lice Ofi­cer Dino De­lim­itros said.

Fans rush­ing the stage to hug the singer is com­mon­place at Mor­ris­sey con­certs — so much so that it’s been called a rite of pas­sage for many fans. In 2014, dur­ing a con­cert in San Jose, fans rushed the stage and an overea­ger fan ap­peared to have tack­led the singer.

Univer­sity City res­i­dent Christie Rit­ter, who at­tended Sat­ur­day’s con­cert in San Diego, said: “Mor­ris­sey has many ra­bid fans and through­out the en­tire per­for­mance, many of them rushed the stage.”

A 31-sec­ond video posted on YouTube — pub­lished early Sun­day by user Tam­ago Sand­wich — showed a dif­fer­ent van­tage point but conirmed the ini­tial re­port. The user posted a com­ment: “Re­ally, re­ally an­noy­ing ... Mozza stays cool through­out. RE­SPECT!”

The Bri­tish singer, formerly the front­man for the English rock band The Smiths, is in the midst of a Cal­i­for­nia tour that made stops in Ven­tura, Los An­ge­les and Long Beach be­fore com­ing to San Diego on Sat­ur­day. His next sched­uled con­cert was at the Na­tional Au­di­to­rium in Mex­ico City on Nov. 22 and 23. The last date on the tour is Dec. 15 at the Mo­vis­tar Arena in San­ti­ago, Chile.

His 11th solo stu­dio al­bum, “Low in High School,” was re­leased on Nov. 17 of last year.

On Nov. 1, he ap­peared with Joan Jett for a one-night-only con­cert at the Mi­crosoft The­atre in down­town LA. Four days later, on Nov. 5, he head­lined the Trop­icália Mu­sic & Taco Fest, held at the water­front Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach.

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