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Salford, England - The Lowry (Apr. 18, 2006) post-show | Top | 116 comments | Search Discussion
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Just Back (Score:0)
No problems with the sound at The Lowry.
Quite a few local comments as you can imagine. including asking if we approved of Shameless (a UK TV show ) and saying he did.
just got back... (Score:1)
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some comments... (Score:2, Insightful)
"We'll have to be quick... Shayne Ward's on next."
"This is just like being at The Willows. We're the star turn."
"Does anyone remember the Salford market?"
When some bloke shouted "Take your shirt off!", Moz responded "Surely you're not that starved?!?"
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fab evening!! (Score:1)
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Just one support???? (Score:0)
the gig! (Score:1)
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some comments 2... (Score:2, Informative)
"Thanks for buying Ringleader Of The Tomatoes."
"Am I the oldest person here?"
"Bono beat me to number 1 in a poll of lyrics. I mean, he's nice, but come on!"
Oh, and he did not mention Julia!
NME review... (Score:0)
Other highlights - talking to the drummer from Doves, and watching Sean Hughes sparking up on our row (D), the cheeky blighter. Oh, and being interviewed for XFM on the way out!
Downsides - two selfish twats (a girlfriend and boyfriend stood at the front on the left if you're reading this, he was the one chanting MORRISSEY when Moz was actually trying to speak - you know the one I mean), barging through from wherever their seats actually were, to go and stand at the front, flailing their arms in everyone's faces, getting on the nerves of people who actually managed to get decent seats in the first place.
Anyways, roll on the Apollo and King Georges...
Tired, emotional and so very happy (Score:1)
First pre-gig - lots of Moz-alikes and spotted Sean Hughes (comedian) in the bar; he's a long term fan.
'The next single is The Youngest Was the Most Loved, but Radio 1 won't play it (boos)because I was born in 1959 and they won't play anyone who was born before 1971 (boos) but they play Madonna and U2 (boos). So I say, screw them (cheers).'
'Thank you for keeping me at number 1 for 7 days'.
'I belive that I was beaten by U2 in a recent lyric poll....Bono's a nice guy, but really...'
I can't remember anymore, sorry!
The songs were amazing - Morrissey in top form vocally and band playing very well - Jesse fantastic. Boz playing glasses of water on Pigsty - which he subsequently drank!
I will See You.. was particularly good -very powerful, as was Still Ill (actually the song which got me into The Smiths when they performed it on The Tube, way back) and To Me You are a Work of Art which, although I like it on the album, for me came to life live.
A lovely mix of songs - especially enjoyed Trouble Loves Me, a song I've always loved and performed beautifully. I could go on and on...
Great atmosphere and a fantastic night, can't wait for Llandudno tomorrow.
Thank you Morrissey for another amazing show, you get better and better.
Exhausted now, goodnight... and thank you X
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excellent night (Score:1)
He looked in great shape. He said 'next single will not be played by radio1 because he was born in 1959 and their policy is that they will not play records by anyone born before 1971......except for Bono and Madogger'
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Good to see the boy happy (Score:1, Interesting)
Right then, the gig
Setlist much as it has been recently.
As is typical, the music tends to be kept at a level or two underneath Moz's voice; as a result the band sounds a bit 'flat' and curtailed, as if they are 'screened off'. I would love to hear the band sizzle and screech a bit more and be much less measured at times, so that Moz has to battle against the band a bit more (especially as Jesse seems to be a very pleasantly physical player). Moz is clearly still listening to the Ramones (note intro tape) so the concept of a 'bit of rough' shouldn't be foreign to him. A case in point here: the bass sound on the intro to "The Youngest
Moz introduced Matt C as "our best ever drummer" and it must be said his contribution is exceptional; at times his pounding, drilling and skidaddling along of the songs was the only thing that kept us from treading dangerously close to some kind of rock quagmire.
As can probably be anticipated from what I have written already, I found the softer/more intricate songs best - they are portrayed with a great deal of love and an eye for detail, and it looks like the band have had an awful lot of fun thinking about how to tackle them (whither Boz on "Pigsty"). "At Last I Am Born" worked much better than I expected, and "Trouble" was a delight (great song though innit?!). The main exception proving the rule was "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", which did sound gleefully brutal, basic and abrasive. Oh, and "Far Off Places" had some gumph as well.
Of the 'golden oldies', well if you must expect to be thrilled by the current reading of "Still Ill" then well if I were you I wouldn't bother
The audience reaction was well short of hysterical - as I've noted in reviews of previous recent shows, it was really quite a mild-mannered response. A lot of people around me didn't seem particularly arsed, and I wonder if the somewhat unphysical nature of the backing isn't part of the reason for that. One doesn't feel completely seized by the music. On the other hand, the man himself sang great, and I feel more and more that the correct approach to Moz is 'a la Sinatra'
Overall, however, it is lovely to see Moz, and particularly good to see him apparently at ease with himself and snug in his niche
Life is a pigsty................. (Score:1)
I will see you in far off places as a massive highlight.
Sean Hughes was there, whatever happened to him.
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And he wears it so well (Score:0)
I thought he said this... (Score:0)
"Well that's life. The past is a foul place to visit, and I wouldnt want to stay there. As painful as life is, it crawls on."
Softly Softly (Score:1)
Moz did respond to my shout of 're-release it!' after Trouble Loves Me with 'But who would buy it?' which made me reet proud but really, although I was only 9 at the time and was never there the Salford Uni gig in 86 was much more representative of a Salford audience (I've got the video if you're wondering).
Far too many MOR, day-tripping Johnny come latelys there for my liking and the lack of response to songs posted in his less than stellar career moments was a tad sad (for the bewildered in the audience, not Moz).
Sean Hughes is a mint gent btw and one whose photo I had took alongside / autograph garnered and I was happy to pass my mobile to a rather bemused Mike Toolan off of Manchesters shitty Key 103 regional breakfast radio show.
It was displaying a message from my good friend, Matthew, which read 'Ask him why he's a facetious cunt who pretends to be good mates with celebs when he's a minor one at best'.
He read it out aloud at first as if to impress his platimum blonde beau but became increasingly mute as the tone of the message became apparent. I have a marvelous shot of his mush rapidly turning from smug smile to wounded grimace on my digital camera.
Good gig but still nowhere near King Georges Hall Blackburn 2002.
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'You Have Killed Me'
'I Just Want To See The Boy Happy'
'The Youngest Was The Most Loved'
'My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye'
'Reader Meet Author'
'Girlfriend In A Coma'
'To Me You Are A Work Of Art'
'I Will See You In Far Off Places'
'At Last I Am Born'
'Let Me Kiss You'
'Trouble Loves Me'
'A Song From Under The Floorboards'
'How Soon Is Now'
'Life Is A Pigsty'
'Irish Blood, English Heart'
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"Welcome to a night of torment!" (Score:2, Informative)
They weren't dancing, but they stood.
Morrissey was very funny tonight. The rant against Radio 1 was clearly just something he wanted to get off his slim chest and when he said "apparently I've lost out in a lyrical competition to Bono. He's very nice, but REALLY..." Brought a spontanious round of applause from the whole audience.
Here's one for the floor.... After he sung A Song From Under The Floorboards' (which went down a lot better than a couple of songs in the set - it's great) someone loudly heckled "Was that Speedway?" to which Moz immediately replied "VERY well observed." I don't know if our Man was being sarcastic or if other keen listeners can see a link musically or otherwise between the two songs?
Stage not invaded. Will it ever be again? The average age of the audience is creeping up... A lot of baldy heads and no quiffs to count. People seemed absolutely mystified at Reader Meet Author, as if it were a brand new track. Not a passionate audience, although there were plenty of folk at the front with their hands outstretched, and most of them got shook.
I saw a familiar face in the bar beforehand and went over to say hello. "I didn't know you were a Morrissey fan!" I said. "I am a bit. I'm here on a corperate. The brewery got us tickets."
Morrissey is now a corperate night out then. Things do change.
Gig highlights; Still Ill. Far Off Places. Work Of Art.
Gig lowlights; Life Is a Pigsy failing to live up to everyone saying it's amazing live. (and he closed on it). Trouble Loves Me - never seen it live before and now I have...
But a funny, happy Morrissey merrily singing songs... it's a lovely night out. Is it more than that? I don't know.
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Amazing gig! (Score:0)
And Jesse is the coolest motherfucker on the planet!
entertainment manchester review (Score:1, Informative)
Is he still ill? Oh I don't think so. (Score:1)
I spotted Jed stood by some railings chatting on a phone, and just as I was about to go over, my friend dragged me away.
So I nearly had an encounter with Fonz The Third.
The venue was nice, beautifully set out, the crowd seemed up for it.And when Still Ill was played me and my friend and some guy behind me all stood up and went '' We're having you Manchester ''.
But yeah, didn't manage to egg Jesse Tobias but all in all it was a great night.
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Lowry review on the BBC (Score:3, Informative)
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Tour T Shirts (Score:1)
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MEN review (Score:1)
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The closest I'll get to a religious experience (Score:1)
To the people slagging off the newcomers (I've been a fan of the solo stuff since 2002) I knew every word to every song, jumped around like a loon and was happy getting crushed just to have him acknowledge me when I stretched out my hands. It crossed my mind to invade the stage, but then again is it really worth it to get dragged off and probably chucked out? Especially when he kept coming forward to the crowd anyways. I thought the security did an excellent job btw. They were clearly nervous that there was no barrier and fans 5 - 6 people deep all shoving to grab Mozzer's hand, but they could have been arsey and told us to go back to our seats; instead they just let us go wild. The fact that it was seating really didn't make a difference to those in the stalls. Though there was one dodgy moment where Mozzer put his hand in the crowd and nearly got yanked off the stage. Someone told me that a couple of people had tried to take his ring (no jokes please
And one of the best jokes of the night hasn't been mentioned; when he sang 'To Me You Are A Work Of Art' he changed the lyrics to 'I live a life, I feel the pain, to sing the song to tell the tale, I wish I knew who the hell had wrote this song'. Made me laugh anyway.
And perhaps someone with x-ray vision can answer me this, but what did he have painted on his chest? At first I thought it was something attached to his necklace, but I'm sure is was oval, white and painted or stuck on him and something was written in the oval? Perhaps my eyesight is going.
It's probably being so close that made it for me, but his voice has never sounded better, his passion for music is still catching and his performance (quips and all) was just spot on. It felt like he was onstage for mere minutes, but I can't complain about a short set when the peformance was so perfect.
Roll on Sheffield.
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Great Gig (Score:1)
Who was the cock at the front who kept barracking him?
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What a night!! (Score:1)
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Just a young man's opinion (Score:2, Interesting)
Only let downs for me were certain people in the audience. We all like to have a laugh but heckling the support band isn't kind, even if it is asking for Boz Boorer. Credit to Sons and Daughters, they took it in their stride.
Also, to the miserable soul near me who got his phone out and played Tetris, whinging like a child, during the more well known, popular Smiths songs like How Soon is Now and Girlfriend in a Coma, your kind really are not welcome at Morrissey gigs at all.
Can't fault Morrissey or the lads. Mikey is, as we all know, amazing.
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Some Lowry videos (Score:0)
You Have Killed Me
Salford lack of security!! (Score:1)
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Sitting Down!!!!! (Score:0)
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