Well as a fan in the crowd who saw them without Gannon and with Gannon, the gig with Gannon was far better from a sound perspective in mine and many others opinion.
VIVA MORRISSEY HE IS THE BEST SINGER OF ALLI do actually like AW & appreciate everything he has done with Morrissey, but I'm sorry, he just does not cut it as a front man. The vocals on this (& other stuff I've seen) are terrible. He needs to get back on the guitar & let someone who can sing get on that lead mic.
Harsh truth, but there it is: Life is never kind.
See, this is very strange to me, because as a Smiths fan, what I would want is to hear Johnny Marr's guitar parts extremely distinctly and just eat them up. Not have some other dude playing over him. It would be like if some random guy sang on top of Morrissey's voice the entire time and obscured it. I just don't get a Smiths fan wanting this sort of thing. Those Marr riffs and arpeggios and god-knows-what-he's-doing and Morrissey's voice is the Smiths to me, and that excites me more than any second guitar making a loud sound could do.
You could hear Johnny's intricate guitar parts very clearly very easily but live Johnny couldn't also play the layers that you hear on a record, so the songs sounded a bit weedy. Gannon basically played the parts that Johnny couldn't. Do you like Rank?