There is some reprieve, after all, for disappointed fans in the recent story concerning the indefinite postponement of pop icon Morrissey’s two shows in Athens. The two performances, originally scheduled for the newly launched Gagarin 205 club (205 Liosion St, close to the Attiki train and metro station) earlier this month but called off after the artist called in sick a day prior to the first show, have now been rescheduled for November 8 and 9 at the same venue, the event’s promoter announced. Morrissey, the ex-Smiths frontman and one of pop’s most distinctive figures, renowned both for his distinctive vocal delivery and mocking lyrics, had first performed in Athens three years ago after never making it here with his influential band. At present, Morrissey, who had played a series of shows around Europe before postponing his visit here, is touring in faraway Australia. The two rescheduled Greek shows will follow immediately afterward. Morrissey is without a recording contract these days and does not have a manager, nor is there any sign of a new album ahead. But his appeal has been sustained. Though the several solo albums delivered since the late 1980s by Morrissey arguably lack the magic conjured up by the Smiths, the defunct group’s former frontman continues to draw a major following. In the US, where the Smiths were confined to cult status during their brief yet wondrous five-year spell which ended with 1987’s superb «Strangeways Here We Come» album, his popularity has actually surpassed that of the Smiths. At home, in the UK, the popularity of Morrisey and his old band remains high. In a recent poll, the influential British music publication NME declared Morrissey and the Smiths as the most influential pop act of all time, with the Beatles placed second. Tickets, priced at 35 euros, are selling at Tickethouse (42 Panepistimiou St, tel 010.360.8366), Metropolis Music store (Panepistimiou St, off Omonia Square) and at the venue’s box office.