By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Will the Maestro of Mope actually retire?
Will this be the last chance for local fans to catch him in concert?
And if so, will he play the Smiths’ classic, “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”?
Those are some of the questions that fans will be asking themselves as Morrissey, the former frontman for the Smiths, plays a solo show at the Moore Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The show was rescheduled from November; Morrissey postponed the date after his mother got sick.
The 53-year-old singer said last year that he’s planning to retire in 2014, explaining that he had been “aging a lot recently” and that “the body changes shape and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Whatever he ultimately decides, Morrissey is still performing for now. So expect to hear plenty of gloomy and theatrical rock ‘n’ roll when he hits Seattle.
Tickets are $62.50 to $82.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Alicia Keys is also heading to town, as she continues her “Set the World on Fire” tour. She’ll play the WaMu Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Keys is among the most popular R&B singers operating today. While she’s only had one true pop smash — her No. 1 hit “Fallin’” from 2001 — that song established her fan base. All six of her albums have since reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
She’s now touring behind her latest hit album, “Girl on Fire.”
Tickets are $60.20 to $124.50 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Unlike Keys, Alabama Shakes is just starting its career. It will play the Paramount Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Alabama-based blues rock band won comparisons to the Black Keys after it made a splash last year with its debut hit, “Come On.” That track topped Rolling Stone’s list of the best songs of the year.
The group, led by singer Brittany Howard, is touring behind its first album, “Boys and Girls.”
Tickets are $28.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Another group familiar to readers of Rolling Stone will play the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m.. Tuesday.
Passion Pit, which won acclaim from the magazine for its breakthrough single, “Take a Walk,” is touring.
Arguably, this could be the most fun show of the coming week, as the energetic group will bring along two high-octane openers, Matt &Kim and Icona Pop.
All three bands deal in the type of indie rock that crosses over into the mainstream, as they build their sound around synthesizers and catchy hooks.
Tickets are $33.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
The chart-topping Christian rock group Anberlin will play the Showbox at the Market at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Anberlin got its start on Seattle’s own Tooth and Nail Records, releasing three albums for the indie label. The group then jumped over to a major label — Universal Republic — and its alt-rock sound began to grow heavier.
The group is touring behind its sixth studio album, “Vital,” which like other recent efforts by the band topped Billboard’s Christian album chart.
Tickets are $20 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
And finally, Hey Marseilles, the Seattle-based chamber pop band, will play a sold-out show at the Showbox at the Market at 7 p.m. Friday.
The group will be celebrating the impending release of its new album, “Lines We Trace,” which hits stores Tuesday.
Though sold out, tickets can be found at stubhub.com.