So what happens when you have a virus and two days later have a concert in an amazing old hall? You suddenly are cured of course but in the meantime you ditch your opening act (thanks man) and you have an almost lighthearted approach to your set. Odd. Lets get the bad out right away. I understand that the giving Kristeen Young the ax was unexpected but allowing your audience a 6:30 door for a 7:30 show knowing full well you’re not coming on til 9- is fucking absurd. Change the door times. We easily could have grabbed drinks or had a walk instead of being jammed into the venue with blaring classical piano bashing our brains. It was thoughtless, it was arrogant and it was rude.
As Mozzah sat back stage with a mojito reading tour books I was looking at the back of some idiots head while he screamed to a friend on his cell phone- he’s lucky he is alive I wanted eject him myself. But after this horrible wait and the change over to the “Moz’ pre show playlist (shout out to Chrissie Hynds, Dark Glasses!) we were treated to the PETA film “Someday” which brought tears to my eyes and was immediately followed by The Ramones “Loudmouth”… I nearly died in a good way.
So there he is opening with ‘The Queen Is Dead” and suddenly all was right with the world. Looking healthy (ahem) and vibrant he belted out tunes that we needed to hear after the terror of thinking he would cancel this show. But wait what? He wasnt playing for joe average fan- he was playing for HIS fans and it was a joy to behold.
The sound in the venue was atrocious but just from the mezz. It was the orchestra kids got the best sound but it was a massive problem for others. The highs were far too high and the distorted and at first I thought it was just the videos but no- it was the show as well and if not for the incredible work from drummer Matt Walker I would be going off on how weak the band was. The ‘Dirt” t-shirts actually fit- muddled and awkward.
But Morrissey how you glowed. With witty antidotes and smart remarks of Historical Boston ( with the worlds smallest ‘suspension bridge’–which slurred terribly) and naming off all the famous people who played the Opera house (he named all of the Golden Girls… ) but he really had a sense of calm and easy for an “Evening with Morrissey” it was more a casual night with the guy. He didn’t get upset with himself or the crowd when minor lines flubs occurred. Rare if not unheard of. He truly went with the flow.There was no prima donna attitude, there was no smug.
Boston you didn’t disappoint. You’re notoriously my least favorite city and when the crowd started walking out (for lack of hits) or sitting down or dashing out (during Meat Is Murder) your lack of fandom and lack of manners and couth were showing. But it wasn’t meant for you- it was meant for us.
The set list included songs from the upcoming “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” including the title track, “Istanbul”, the premiere of “Kick The Bridge Down The Aisle”( it was fabulous) So welcome back Moz, you were missed and I am so happy and so honored to be part of your return to tour. I dont know what I awould have done if you had bailed on me- (I’d have been pissed!) Strong and brave and doing what he wants. Great show- shit sound- amazing man.
1. The Queen is Dead 2. You Have Killed Me 3. Certain People I Know 4. Ganglord 5. I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris 6. Kick the Bride Down the Aisle 7. The Bullfighter Died 8. Trouble Loves Me 9. World Peace is None of your business 10. To Give The Reason I Live 11. Life is a Pig Sty 12. Istanbul 13. Yes I Am Blind 14. Earth is the Loneliest Planet 15. Meat is Murder 16. Speedway 17. Asleep 18. The First of the Gang to Die
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