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Wishing I was there..... (Score:1)
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Great Show But Low Crowd Energy (Score:3, Interesting)
He made a few amusing comments and I will let those with better memories give you exact quotes. He started by commenting that this was Julia's hometown and Oscar Wilde had been on this very stage. Twice he talked to his imaginary dog Max and gestured at him. No one seemed to know what he was getting at and I've never heard of him doing it before - a bit odd. Morrissey did go on a bit of a political tirade by saying what an idiot he thought Condoleeza Rice is and that we should be very afraid. He also commented that John Stewart would make a great President but that he must be short because he is never seen standing. Morrissey doesn't like John Kerry's face, but said he has to be President. He did not mention that JK was from Boston.
During I Like You, he whipped the microphone cord around the front center security guard's neck which was quite amusing. Aside from stepping up on his monitors twice near the end, Morrissey stuck to the center of the stage and only shook a few outstretched hands. Only one stage invader during TIALTNGO and there was absolutely no barrier at all. No one else tried.
The band wore dark green Jobriath t-shirts and Morrissey wore a black suit and three different shirts.
The set list was similar to other recent shows and without any big surprises. I think I am missing something, but in no particular order, the songs were:
First of The Gang to Die
Bigmouth Strikes Again
November Spawned A Monster
I Like You
Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Now My Heart Is Full
Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice
Subway Train into Everyday Is Like Sunday
Let Me Kiss You
How Soon Is Now?
Irish Blood, English Heart
You Know I Couldn't Last
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
good show, no surprises in the set list (Score:3, Informative)
first of the gang
i like you
let me kiss you
how soon is now
such a little thing
know how i feel
last night i dreamt
now my heart is full
everyday is like sunday
there is a light
no quarry b-sides
no extended outro on there is a light
said he met the band in the feminine hygiene aisle at right aid
said he woke up drunk in january and agreed to do lollapolooza but there is a good and there is no lollapolooza
asked the crowd if they knew how soon is now? from TATU
asked if people were coming tomorrow.. lots of people said yes, he said "i don't mind"
asked if we knew who jon stewart was. then said that he was 3/4 of an inch tall (or maybe of a foot) and said.. did you ever see him stand up? people said no..he said.. "nobody has"
he mentioned that oscar wilde was on that same stage and then did bigmouth and change the line to "Now I know how Oscar Wilde felt"
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ugh (Score:0, Troll)
Checking for cameras? (Score:0)
I am going tomorrow nite. Does anybody kknow if they were checking for cameras? Or if you snuck one in if the ushers were being vigilent?
PLEASE Play "Seasick, Yet Still Docked." (Score:1)
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Heads up.. (Score:0)
Also I was hanging out in front of the Orpheum for about an hour and there were only about 8 other people there.
Only one bouquet. Only one stage invasion. The man next to me didn't sing.
But there were plenty of cool folks there too. It was an older crowd so maybe that's why no one was really doing much, but everyone was dancing in their seats and singing along, it wasn't as low-energy as other people have said.
Also I wish I hadn't seen the setlists from the other shows because there weren't any surprises for me. I told the guys next to me to watch out for Bigmouth and How Soon and when Bigmouth kicked up they gave me a nod.
My first Morrissey show, I have no prior reference, so it was awesome enough for me.
Oscar Wilde in Boston? (Score:1)
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Boston.com Review (Score:1, Informative)
Appreciative Morrissey returns with resolve
By Renee Graham, Globe Staff | October 5, 2004
The last time Morrissey played a show in Boston, he hadn't had a new album in three years, and didn't even have a record label to call home. That was in 2000, and throughout his concert that evening, he continually thanked his audience for their loyalty.
Last night, even with a critically-acclaimed new album and a resurrected career, the singer-songwriter was no less gracious during his more than 90-minute performance at the Orpheum Theatre. Backed with a crackling sharp five-piece band, Morrissey took the stage flanked by a backdrop of oversized letters spelling out his name in flashing red lights. Brandishing his microphone cord like a whip, he charged into the "First of the Gang to Die," one of the best songs from his current album, "You Are the Quarry." It's a sorrowful song of a young man's needless death, but as often happens with Morrissey's tunes, the most dire tales are wrapped in the sunniest melodies. And it was impossible not to get swept away on Morrissey's cascading final lines, "And he stole all hearts a-way, ha-hey, ha-hey, ha-hey."
At 45, Morrissey has gotten somewhat fleshier, but his voice remains solid and strong. This being a tour to promote his album, Morrissey served up several tracks, including "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores," "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" and the ferocious "Irish Blood, English Heart."
But he also tended to his lengthy catalog of songs, which date back to his tenure in the Smiths, one of the 1980s most influential bands. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" shimmered like a charm, and "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," which he performed during his encore, remains one of the loveliest songs ever written to include a line about getting squashed by a 10-ton truck.
A high point, of course, was "How Soon is Now?" which is arguably one of the greatest rock songs of the past quarter-century. Its youthful yearnings for love have grown even more poignant and desperate as Morrissey (and his fans) have gotten older. And he didn't neglect his earlier solo hits, rolling off such favorites as the dazzling "Now My Heart is Full," "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get," and "November Spawned a Monster."
In between songs, Morrissey was very chatty, criticizing President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice ("My advice is to be very scared") and offering an endorsement of sorts for Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, who, Morrissey said, "has a really funny face, but he's got to be the next president." And when he tossed one of his sweat-soaked shirts into the audience, there was such a scuffle you would have thought it was a record-breaking home run ball.
Morrissey is scheduled to play again tonight at the Orpheum.
With Damien Dempsey
At Orpheum Theatre, last night
Boston Herald Review (Score:1, Interesting)
`Pope of Mope' Morrissey brings joy
By Sarah Rodman
Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Too bad Morrissey can't vote.
If he could John Kerry [related, bio] would have the mopey British dandy of indeterminate sexuality vote sewn up.
Alas, the junior senator will have to settle for the onstage support of the former Smiths frontman, who told the audience at the Orpheum Theatre last night, ``John Kerry's got a really funny face, but he's got to be the president.''
This was one of several asides that the 45-year-old crooner made during his generally delightful and compact 90-minute set. For the record he also likes Jon Stewart, doesn't care for Condoleezza Rice and would like all declarations of love sent to him in writing.
While the 17-song setlist never quite approached the transcendence stage, it never fell below solidly entertaining either. It was a B-plus of a performance for the Pope of Mope and the mannered delight of the crowd - the show was nominally sold out but there were many empty seats and lots of scalpers outside - reflected that. He even quipped at night's end, ``You've been a college prep professor's ideal crowd.''
Choice moments from the Mozzer's back catalog - played out in front of a comically huge Elvis-style neon sign of his name - included the raw nerve-ending guitar wriggles of the Smiths classic ``How Soon is Now,'' the snappy groove and crunch of ``November Spawned a Monster'' and the melancholy sway of ``Every Day is Like Sunday.''
The material from his splendid new album ``You Are the Quarry'' - with its familiar midtempo guitar grind, acidic wit and crushing pessimism - stacked up nicely next to the older stuff as Morrissey continued his themes of self-loathing and hopelessness set to pretty, lilting melodies.
Especially good was the ambling, almost conversational ``The World is Full of Crashing Bores'' and the jittery guitar riffs, galloping rhythms and swooning melody of ``Irish Blood, English Heart.'' His five-man band did a bang-up job and with each number you were reminded of just how influential this man has been as echoes of dozens of post-Smiths bands could be heard in the chords.
Since the Orpheum doesn't have air conditioning, the house was a sweatbox and Morrissey perspired through three shirts, which he threw into the crowd, where they were fiercely coveted. The crooner never lost his cool, however, as he was in great voice and good spirits throughout.
Damien Dempsey opened with a brief set that toggled between earnestness and absurdity topped off with a thick Irish brogue.
( Morrissey, at the Orpheum, Boston, last night. Second show tonight. )
Asbury Park (Score:1)
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What time does he go on? (Score:0)
Boston - Orpheum Theatre - Horrible crowd (Score:0)
Boston, Mox, Deano and Boz (Score:2, Insightful)
The crowd was warm...and that is good. Having grown up and lived in the boston area for my 37 years (born MAY 22, 1967) and having been in two Boston bands I can say this about a Boston audience:
1. Silence means they like you.
2. A Smattering of applause means you did a good job.
3. Applause and movement (head bobbing, shifting around to the beat) mean they LOVE YOU!
That's all there is.
And that's not even taking into account the fact that it was a Monday night...we go to be early on a monday night around here.
Deano became a bit overheated during the performance and had to remove his shirt. Did anyone else notice that his built like a brick s-house. HOLY COW! I'm going back to the bench press.
Boz is such a tasty guitar player and a great band leader (I assume he is the leader).
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"Let Me Kiss You" (Score:0)
Other Tidbits (Score:0)
Morrissey intimated hand over heart twice but had his hand on the right side of his chest.
I thought the "Mozzers Men" t-shirts that the bodyguards wore were pretty cute.
When he unbuttoned his first shirt, he pulled it apart and exposed his chest, then grabbed his right pec in a sort of creepy way.
And yes, I agree that Deano looked great without a shirt! Morrissey might want to leave the skin to him!
No more flowers as cod piece? (Score:0)
Hotel is he at? (Score:0)
Does any one have pics from 10/4 (Score:1)
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"The More the Guitars, the Better you Sound" (Score:0)
Mr. Morrissey, after many different tours attended, I never expected what went on last night. I knew for a fact, each and every song from the setlist but for the first time ever, The More You Ignore me, The Closer I Get, was played live the same way it was recorded in the studio, two electric guitars one acoustic. The sound quality at the Orpheum Theather is really poor, but still, the keyboards(how soon i now? Last Night I dreamt...)and the extra guitar on The More You... made a world of a difference.
Best live performance by the Lads in a while, all the credit in the world to Deanno.
p.s. Morrissey, still, can outsing a lot of the so called best act's in the bussiness, It's a great felling to be a Morrissey fan isn't??
John Kerry with the funny face
Me and the show! (Score:0)
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October 5th Show (Score:0)
8th row, center, aisle seat on right.
the crowd was not crazy as i would have liked but i didn't care. "how soon is now", while not my favorite song was over the top as was "november spawned a monster". WHY WERE PEOPLE SITTING DOWN DURING "I'M NOT SORRY"... losers.
i repeat, i got a handshake. anyone who sits close up who does not attempt is a fucking idiot.
I Left the North, I Travelled South..... (Score:1)
The setlist was just perfect---perfectly executed. Saw the whole band before the show (we waited for a couple of hours outside). The only real complaint I had was my seats. Center, but far back so that sucked. And, not to mention that the last show I went to was general admission. The crowd was decent I guess, for an east coast crowd....
In the end, I missed the encore and I barely made my train home....but I had fun, got a t-shirt, made some friends and had a smile on my face all day. ;0)
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Where is the setlist, please! (Score:0)
Set List (Score:0)