morrissey! morrissey! morrissey!

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 27, 2007 11:51pm | Post a Comment
I don't even really know how to describe the feeling one gets after seeing a Morrissey show. You really have to be there to really understand it. It is a weird mix of feelings. After liking and listening to someone for 20 years or so you start to feel like you almost know them better than you know yourself. Morrissey is one of those artists that gets deep into his fans hearts and minds and stays there forever. He is like your best friend that never lets you down and is always there to get you through the rougher bits of life. All you needed was a Morrissey or Smiths album and you would be OK. I have seen him play many times over the years. But never in anywhere as small as the Fillmore. The Fillmore is a rather large venue. But for the Morrissey sized crowd, it is sort of small. It was perfect.

We actually got to the show early hoping we could get some of those seats up in the balcony. There is really only room for about 16 people up in the side balcony. So we were counting on the 100 or so people in front of us rushing to the stage downstairs. I ran up the stairs only to find the 2 people in front of me grabbing the last 2 seats. But then I noticed 2 large security types sitting in one of the sections. I asked them if they were going to stay there and they told me they were just checking out the crowd and would be leaving in a couple minutes. There are some crazy fanatical Morrissey fans and I think they were just trying to figure out the crowd for the night. They were probably counting the flowers and gifts in the audience and trying to figure out who would be the ones to try and jump on stage. So we got our seats and were actually going to eat at the show. I usually hate those people that eat at shows but in order to get there so early we sort of had to. But the amazing thing was that the whole menu was all vegetarian! Amazing! We vegetarians often have to search menus for the one garden burger or salad. Or maybe we can get the nachos with no meat. But there were like 10 things on the menu and they were all vegetarian. I was trying to figure out if Morrissey had requested some of the items or not. I got some potato latkes and they were delicious. I was just so excited I had to take the menu home with me. We hurried to finish our food before the show started though. I really didn't want to be one of those people that eats during a show. Even if it was just the opener who we had already seen two times before this.

I have to admit that the crowd in Pasadena was better than the S.F. crowd. Maybe just more vocal. But everyone was for sure excited to see Morrissey. And he actually seemed excited to be there for us. I was hoping the band would be in their classy suits like they had been in Pasadena. I had heard that on monday they were just wearing tshirts. Its nice to have a band that not only sounds amazing but looks amazing. Morrissey really still sounds amazing. It was really great to hear some different songs. "Stretch Out and Wait" and "Death of a Disco Dancer." I think most Morrissey fans know that if they try and get on stage they will get thrown out. That is a big threat to a Morrissey fan who wants to see the whole show. Especially now since he is playing 2 hour shows. I have been at a couple 1/2 hour Morrissey shows. Only one person tried to get up there and they were thrown out right away. Morrissey graciously took most of the gifts people gave him including an Oscar Wilde doll. But this one fan kept waving this painting in the air and he wouldn't take it. I started to feel bad for them. He finally grabbed it towards the end of the show. It was some drawing that they had done of a Morrissey album. The video footage that he has been showing before the shows is amazing. I really wish I could somehow find it and watch it again. He has great footage of James Dean, The New York Dolls, Brigitte Bardot and a bunch of random performers. It is sort of like a little glimpse into the inner workings of his brain.

This is what he played on wednesday night...

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before / Last Of The Famous International Playboys / All You Need is Me / I Like You / That's How People Grow Up / The Boy With The Thorn In His Side / Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself? / The Loop / Good Looking Man About Town / Stretch Out And Wait / Irish Blood, English Heart / Let Me Kiss You / Sister, I'm A Poet / Death Of A Disco Dancer / I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris / Billy Budd / I Just Want To See The Boy Happy / Life Is a Pigsty / How Soon Is Now? // First Of The Gang To Die / Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

A couple of my coworkers had never seen Morrissey before. It was nice to see some first timers enjoying the show just as I had back when I was 17. The feeling is amazing. It is like all you would imagine it to be and even better. Like what I imagine seeing Elvis would be like for the first time. Or someone like Janis Joplin. He commands the whole crowd and creates this amazing energy. So many of my good friends are big Morrissey fans. All of us Morrissey fans were drawn together in high school. And it still happens. It is this common bond that just brings us all together. It is not just the love of Morrissey and his music. But some understanding of being different or feeling different. It makes me happy to have Morrissey back in my life. I had not seen him in about 10 years. But now I have seen him 3 times in the last couple years. It is important to know that he still makes me feel the same exact way I felt the first time I saw him. I have changed and grown up a lot since that first time I saw him. But my love for him and his love for his fans is still as strong as ever.

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