Morrissey Take 3
[music | X-Ray Spex - Age]
Apparently, Kristeen Young said something inappropriate last week regarding Morrissey's ability to make with the head, and he immediately canned her off the tour. Internet Drama happened, with fans split between Morrissey's side and hers. I don't care, the guy is super private. You know this. You've toured with him for months and months, don't even jokingly break that privacy. Last time, we didn't hate her, but we didn't end up rushing out and buying her CD either.
Girl in a Coma were really good, especially for having had to join the tour with no notice at all. They were pretty much like Sleater-Kinney or The Trucks. Straight guitar punkrocky stuff. We liked it and will give them $15 to hear more. The singer had a really strong voice, and slightly less strong guitar, but it was what it was, and they were really fun.
The Morrissey set had us frightened from the get-go that it was going to be another "7 and I'm out". He was joking a bit about "I know where we are, and well, let's just see how things go" alluding to the June show. The set was largely newer songs that I'm not as familiar with, but there were plenty of Smiths and early Morrissey thrown in as well (National Front Disco, How Soon is Now, Death of a Disco Dancer, Shoplifters of the World Unite, etc). It seemed that the June show was gearing up to have more older stuff in it, before it was cut way short. That one had Queen is Dead as well ...International Playboy right up front, so combining the two shows, we've seen a fair amount of his material. The audience obviously was crazed the entire time and jumping up to hug him and stuff, it was great. I do feel that if you're going to see Morrissey, IMMEDIATELY NOW is probably the time. There were certain bits of certain songs that he just bailed on, wisely, but everything did sound good this time.
I know he's turned down $75 Million to do a Smiths reunion tour. I would be willing to add ... $5.53 to that pot, guaranteed cash US currency. The band he had was great, but understandably, he's not about playing everything from the 80's and 90's, he's about playing his newer material, which is good, but I think there are a lot of people who would love to see Morrissey and Johnny Marr back again.
There's a set-list here for those that care about such things. Now that I look at it, it looks like "New" to me is anything after 1992. Disregard my idiocy.