No, Morrissey is not playing at Franklin Barbecue, but here’s why you heard that

Ribs Ribs Ribs
‘Cause I want the one I can’t have
And it’s driving me mad
It’s all over, all over, all over my face

That, from the description of a Facebook event called “Morrissey LIVE at Franklin BBQ,” pretty much sums up the appeal of a hyper-local meme that might be sweeping your newsfeed. The formula is simple:

1) Pick a musical artist who’s either very niche, very bad or preferably both

2) Pick a location with specific geographic resonance — the weirder, the better

3) Marry the two for a hoax Facebook event sure to delight and/or annoy

Screenshot via Facebook
Screenshot via Facebook

In other words, it’s like a Stefon sketch from “Saturday Night Live” cross-bred with a South by Southwest party. With promotion like “Aaron Franklin does a duet of Meat Is Murder with Morrissey! Not to be missed!” it shouldn’t be difficult to decipher that this “concert” is a fake. And if it’s not, watch this space for a correction.

But you’ll be happy to learn that the “Hand In Glove”-loving friend who invited you to Moz’s rib-tickling faux-gig didn’t find a diamond in the digital rough. These fake concert announcements are a whole genre of meme. The Daily Dot pinpointed the viral phenomenon’s origins to Dayton, Ohio, home to a fictitious 4/20 performance by Limp Bizkit at a Sunoco gas station.

In Austin, a handful of other touring punchlines have popped up, including:

Down the highway, San Antonio has quite the impressive “music scene.” Ice-T is hitting up Bill Miller BBQ (“Make sure to get there on time before the church crowd lets out”). “Thong Song” sensation Sisqo supposedly has a gig at restaurant Golden Star. Incubus and Meat Loaf are booked for appearances at separate Luby’s locations. Skrillex is playing a DJ set (which, it should be noted, is all he plays) at a San Antonio Missions home baseball game. Bexar County residents with outstanding warrants get free tickets to see NWA at Bexar County Jail. Half-price lemonade is being offered for Beyonce’s show at Bigz Burger Joint on May 21. And if none of that appeals to you, know that Kid ‘n Play will make a comeback at the Kiddie Park amusement park in June.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a VIP pass to see Reba McEntire at the abandoned Taco Cabana on Riverside Drive, and I don’t want to be late.

Author: Staff Writer

The Consumer Systems Application Support team maintains this wordpress blog to provide information and support for the CMG Media Websites and other digital publishing applications.

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