sunset marquis hotel

Paul Natkin
B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon, Los Angeles, CA 1991
This photograph was taken at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles before the press conference announcing the 1991 Benson and Hedges blues tour. - P.N.
Photograph: Black and White Type: Silver Gelatin

Wait! Do you know my Morrissey story? I’ve never gotten to show anyone this.” Hurrying back over the bridge across the courtyard of The Sunset Marquis hotel, he points to where his eyeline was when, in 2010, he spotted an unmistakable, quiff-topped figure looming across the lobby lounge. “We couldn’t see each others’ faces because it was so dark, but you just know it’s him. My heart was racing. He’s my hero…” Brandon recounts how he rushed to his room, brushed his teeth, then returned to wait at a safe distance, thinking about what to say. But Morrissey appeared from the other direction and caught Brandon off-guard. “I’m in a band!” Brandon spluttered. “We opened for you!” He told Morrissey he was in LA promoting his solo debut. “And I could hear him whisper in the darkness, ‘Flamingoooooooo’.” A Milky Bar Kid smile spreads across his face. “He knew! Morrissey knew the name of my solo record!
—  Brandon Flowers about Morrissey