Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Aug. 28, 2021) post-show

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Setlist:

Never Had No One Ever (solo debut) / Jim Jim Falls / I Wish You Lonely / Alma Matters / What Kind Of People Live In These Houses? (live debut) / Satan Rejected My Soul/ The Lazy Sunbathers (live debut) / Knockabout World (live debut) / Morning Starship / Wedding Bell Blues / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / This Night Has Opened My Eyes (solo debut) / I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris / Back On The Chain Gang / Shoplifters Of The World Unite / Irish Blood, English Heart / Lady Willpower / Trouble Loves Me / Ouija Board, Ouija Board / Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage // I've Changed My Plea To Guilty / Jack The Ripper

Setlist courtesy of dogged perseverance & Carlos Rodriguez.


  • Merchandise booth photo posted by Famous when dead.

  • Photo from @HoIdenMorrissey / Twitter. Link posted by NealCassidy.

  • Photo posted by GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn:

  • Steve Cochran - backdrop star identified by Famous when dead:

  • Photos from dneur / Instagram. Link posted by Famous when dead:



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Anonymous

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Looking at that setlist I can imagine that casual or curi
I didn't think he looked ill or seemed lacking energy at all. I think people may be confusing "being 62 years old" with "being ill".
I thought it was awesome. Are there some songs I'd rather have heard than, say, "Wedding Bell Blues"? Sure. But it was still incredible and he sounded better than I thought he would. Kinda amazed how good he did "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty".

It's hard to capture the feeling and the excitement and the true sound from someone's cell phone video.
62 is not that old! That’s no excuse for lacking energy. Anyway, with that set, I can imagine that casual fans or the curious concertgoer would have come away unsatisfied. He probably did not make many new fans, which is a pity.
 
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Happy Days

Guest
I am ecstatic that the band survived the covid virus, that only a year and a half later, he is back singing in a beautiful venue. And he is safe.
We have all survived this. Its a miracle. Bless you Morrissey for your courage. Same stage different voice. Message of just being alive is enough
 

Dirk Blaggard

Active Member
Well, some kind soul steamed the whole thing and it was lovely to see M still breathing ..Its hard to see how a gig felt from a stream, my own take from this end was it was a stable gig, nothing special unless you are a bit mentally ill and get excited 'cause m touched your hand in the front row.
He seemed stiff and bored and nothing like I was expecting, from someone who has been starved of his fanbase for over a year. Still, a bad gig from M , is better than a good gig from most other pople , who simply like to play music, rather than connect and touch hearts

Its kinda odd as I have heard he does some great gigs over here but none of his LA gigs were ever a patch on his Brit gigs, I even went to a gig in reading 15 years ago that was better than any of his LA shows I went to from 2012 onwards, In fact i have only seen two gigs that rival his Brit shows ever in the USA, maybe Im just unlucky, maybe it's an age thing, his and mine,

His Latino fans are mainly lovely, kind warm people..That's not to say they wouldn't look out of place serving cheap food at 1 am in Taco Bell- rather than "gang ready:" , they tend to be from the Barry Manilow school of fandom . Still, they have helped keep M afloat, which is something lots of his turncoat brit fans can say

It was fun watching Alain take the stage in front of Jesse.
I think he will improve as the days go ..

Anyone that claims a setlist that has This Night and Trouble loves me , is bad is probably not fit to take part in the human race
 
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Anonymousses

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Bored and uninspired? Haha, um, NO.

I saw someone who is undoubtedly still mourning the loss of his mother, who he was VERY close to. Someone who’s likely suffering from being very shut-in during the pandemic, and also after his great loss, and maybe a bit less confident and normal because of it.

I saw someone who was *overflowing* with emotion and feeling. It was a beautiful night, with beautiful songs and pathos and joy.

I think you’re seeing what you want to see - something that was not there.

It was a beautiful, perfect night. I have no doubt these upcoming nights will continue to be so.

Having Alain alongside was also one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time.

Lighten up, get some perspective, or step away from the site for awhile. I seriously doubt you were there.
 

Nerak

Reverse Ferret
Question,
Who was he referring to when he mentioned some women's names of great performers on that stage.. anybody have info on this.

It was Susan Sontag, Camille Paglia & Germaine Greer.

2nd wave feminists.

I think it was a joke - but they have all given talks & participated in debates on stages.
 

Billy A

Member
I’d agree, to a point. But I’ve got a limited amount of time and cash to spend on gigs and a family to engage (with music and it’s history) and entertain.

I’d love to throw the money in Morrissey’s direction, but for less money I can take the kids to see New Order, Human League, and James absolutely smashing it and lifting the roof off. Like Morrissey used to—and still could if he wasn’t so comfortable with the plateau he’s on.

All of this, by the way, is why I’m excited by his collaboration with A$AP Rocky. Morrissey, and some of his audience, might benefit from the promised shock therapy. And these two on stage together is something me and my kids definitely want to see—even if it was to mean missing out on Mick Hucknall.
That's a fair point. I think if Morrissey had managed to keep one contract over the past 10-15 years we may have seen that shift in gear with the material. I think the fact that Morrissey has always had issues with contracts means that it is difficult for him to change style and reinvent himself. IANADOAC was a step in the right direction, even if it didn't quite hit the bar, but I do think the contract issue means we get one step forward and two steps back.

Maybe I'm finding excuses for the man but... Mick Hucknall?
 

Ketamine Sun

HANG THEM HIGH VERONICA
I didn't think he looked ill or seemed lacking energy at all. I think people may be confusing "being 62 years old" with "being ill".
I thought it was awesome. Are there some songs I'd rather have heard than, say, "Wedding Bell Blues"? Sure. But it was still incredible and he sounded better than I thought he would. Kinda amazed how good he did "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty".

It's hard to capture the feeling and the excitement and the true sound from someone's cell phone video.

Yep :thumb:
 

TheSmiths_1985

Well-Known Member
I don’t mind if Morrissey starts World war 3, but those jeans have to go ! :lbf:
The ironed-in crease down the side just makes them look worse.

A nice pair of plain black trousers would work much better. But he obviously likes those jeans. Whatever. At least his hair looked good.
 
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Vegan Cro Spirit .777

Guest
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peeps went wild over Moz, jumping onstage
and making letters; huge adoring crowd:rofl:

:hammer:
 

Billy A

Member
As much as it pains me to type these words, I agree with just about everything @Hovis Lesley wrote in this thread (though he owes us all an apology for adamantly maintaining in his paranoid COVID rage that these shows would never take place).

Morrissey loves to remind us that "only seals perform," but it wouldn't kill him to inject a bit of energy into the evening regardless of whether or not he feels there's something artificial about the whole thing. The camp and drama --foundational elements of his live peak-- seem to be completely absent and what's left of his stage presence reads as laissez-faire at best and miserably bored at worst.

With a year and a half off and a near-total overhaul of his live band, Morrissey had ample opportunity to arrive in Vegas with a brand new set performed with a refreshed sense of purpose. Instead, the crowd gets more of the same aside from a couple live debuts of material from the band whose legacy he and many here like to pretend he's transcended.

Long gone are the days when a new tour would signal a total shift in the songs he performed -- the Oye Esteban shows in 1999 were completely different from the "shopping for a deal" shows in 2002, the latter being a situation he's seemingly found himself in once again.

It'll be interesting to see if anything special develops as the residency continues, though that never really happened in New York so I wouldn't hold my breath.
As silly a it sounds I think the energy is now in his voice, which wasn't always the case previously. There is no denying that his voice is as strong as ever, although there were a couple of moments from the show where the high notes weren't delivered. Then again, we are talking about someone who doesn't necessary train or rehearse.

Morrissey is no longer the flailing 20 year old you may remember from The Smiths days, and no longer is he the confident 30 year old from the 90s who would flail with punches rather than flowers. He's been compared to him before, but if you watch any late Frank Sinatra live shows you'll notice the guy hardly moves; he's either standing in one place or he's sitting down.

I think the issue is the set-list. Not the songs necessary themselves but the order in which they are sang. Hearing Never Had No One Ever was a treat, but as the opening song? Hm. Starting strong, fast and loud and then gradually get slower, and then getting louder before finishing with some of the wider known songs would have made the night that bit stronger. The songs are there but just in the wrong order.
 

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