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moz in denver

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 13, 2007 07:59pm | Post a Comment
I just got back from my trip to Denver! We went and saw Morrissey on Wednesday night and stayed through the weekend. For some reason I thought it was going to be cold. I always think that places that snow during the winter remain cold through the rest of the year. But I was wrong. I know it was only like 85 degrees, but it was totally hot. I kind of like to complain about the weather. But Denver was nicer than I thought it would be. The show was in the hipper part of downtown. One of those neighborhoods where hipster meets homeless. Just as I'm sure the people of Dallas don't really live like the cast of the TV show "Dallas," the town of Denver was not much like "Dynasty." However, it was a very comfortable city. Even though I kind of freak out when I am not near the ocean, I did feel surprisingly calm. We had a chance to spend some time in Denver and even made it over to Wax Trax Records to do some shopping.

The show was at the Fillmore. I was expecting it to be like the Fillmore in San Francisco. It was not. It was a good size venue. A big stage with the feel of a high school basketball stadium. There was seating along the sides and a VIP balcony. My friend Erika hooked us up with some tickets so we actually got to be in the VIP section! So when we got there we went upstairs and the usher ladies told us we actually had our names printed out marking seats for us. The Fillmore was actually really comfortable and casual. I often get stressed out in big venues. But the staff was really nice and even though it was crowded, I didn't feel crowded. It kind of felt like home. He has taken Kristeen Young with him on tour. I was not really into her at the Pasadena show. But I actually started to like her at this show. It is just her on keyboards and a drummer. She is for sure a unique lady and kind of intense.

This is seriously an awesome Morrissey tour. We had just seen him a couple of months ago in Pasadena. The show was pretty much the same. Awesome! His band sounds really good right now and he looks great. And he actually seems to still be having fun after all these years. Morrissey fans are known for their obsessiveness and it doesn't really matter what city you are in. It made me very happy looking across the audience. I felt like I knew all those people. I knew they had similar high school experiences as me. I knew Morrissey had been there for them as he had for me. Its like we all had a common experience because of him. In a weird way it made me feel connected to the rest of the world. He played a bunch of Smiths songs. Since we will never probably see a Smiths reunion, I'll take what I can get.

Here is what he played at the Denver show...

QUEEN IS DEAD
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE
YOUNGEST WAS THE MOST LOVED
YOU HAVE KILLED ME
DISAPPOINTED
PANIC
LET ME KISS YOU
I WILL SEE YOU IN FAR OFF PLACES
ALL YOU NEED IS ME
LUCKY LISP
EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY
NATIONAL FRONT DISCO
CHANGE MY PLEA TO GUILTY
BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE
IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART
GANGLORD
IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALL IS WELL
LIFE IS A PIGSTY
HOW SOON IS NOW
I JUST WANT TO SEE THE BOY HAPPY
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT
YOU'RE GONNA NEED SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDE

It was a little surprising that nobody jumped on stage. I don't know if the security was just really good or the crowd was just not as adventurous. But he did engage the crowd and touch a few lucky fans. He only took off his shirt twice this time. I think he took it off like 4 times at the Pasadena show. Seeing Morrissey live is really a special thing, I still remember the feeling I had when I first saw him like 17 years ago. The feeling was very similar at this show. He seriously has a power over his fans. I was really getting mad at him for not coming and doing tours in the US. I am so excited that he is doing a full tour of the United States. While a lot of people will be seeing him for the 5th or 35th time, I know there will be a lot of people out there seeing him for the first time. And it is an experience that everyone should get to have. I really do love Morrissey. Seeing him in Denver was awesome. And the Denver Airport was really impressive. Its like the biggest airport in the world and it even has its own subway that takes you to the gates after you go through security. And there is like an entire mall with a food court inside the airport. But like the Fillmore where I saw Morrissey, it was very comfortable and easy going. I just got to get back to Denver and see a show at Red Rocks. Cause that place looks amazing.

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