Photos by G.
I’m having quite a good Morrissey week! Prior to his sold out show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 10, 2012, I met Morrissey! Still on a cloud from the night before, watching Morrissey perform is otherworldly. Every move, every motion and every word that comes out of his mouth is epic. After a very brief set by on again/off again tour opener Kristeen Young, a 30 minute montage of clips featuring videos by Shocking Blue and New York Dolls was projected onto a large screen and then at the stroke of 9 pm, Morrissey hit the stage.
His voice sounded better to me than it has in past tours which really showed on songs such as “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths. There was quite a nice mix of Smiths songs and Morrissey solo tracks and even new(ish) material like “People Are the Same Everywhere.” He spoke to the audience after every song with occasional funny anecdotes like when he told the crowd that he took a cab in New York the other day and the cab driver spoke English and knew where he was going. He continued “That was the whole story.” He also referenced his appearance on the Colbert Report from the night before and asked the audience if he made a fool of himself on TV, “because [he] tends to do that a lot.”
Some of the highlights of the hour and a half concert for me were seeing die-hard Morrissey fans lose their shit during the intro to every song. Hearing the entire Radio City Music Hall sing along to songs like “Everyday is Like Sunday” or Smiths classics like “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” “I Know It’s Over” and “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” induced chills many times. Another highlight was the show’s centerpiece – “Meat is Murder,” which featured a montage of clips of animal cruelty as the song was played under red lights. As you can expect at a Morrissey show, he shook hands and let much of the front row touch and grab at him, threw his shirt into the audience and many people in the front made a run for it onto the stage trying to get a piece of Morrissey before getting tackled by security guards.
Morrissey was recently interviewed and asked why he is touring without a new record and his answer was simply “because a lot of people like me.” I think that is the understatement of the year. Regardless, I am happy to have another Morrissey show under my belt because he is simply amazing!
See the setlist after the jump.