Before he sang a word of his opening song, he bid good riddance to
From there, he let go of his grudge and gave a nearly sold-out house 90 minutes of melancholy, misery and a spell of mild nausea, all of it delivered with feverish melodrama.
The setlist bounced all over his resume, drawing from his substantial solo catalog and his days with the Smiths. "Every Day Is Like Sunday," from his stellar "Viva Hate" album, aroused the loudest ovation and zestiest sing-along, but "Hand in Glove," the Smiths' first single, came in a close second.
He preached, too, expressing his disapproval for the Sea Life aquarium at
All was not doom, but there was plenty of gloom, and the crowd basked in it, as if it were salvation and grace. Even lesser-known songs like "Ganglord" and "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris," played consecutively, got fairly loud responses.
His band cast his songs in an array of sounds: clarinet, trumpet, accordion, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums. They showed off their muscle a few times, especially during the gale of fanfare at the end of "The National Front Disco," which closed the first set.
They returned for two more: "Asleep," another grey-day Smiths ballad, and "First of the Gang to Die," from Morrissey's "You Are the Quarry" album, now 10 years old.
It's a jaunty, jangly guitar lament about a gang member who gets killed. And though it has lines like "You have never been in love / Until you've seen the sunlight thrown / Over smashed human bone, " the crowd sang and bounced along as if it were the theme song to a favorite TV show.
And after canceling two shows in two years at Liberty Hall due to illness, Morrissey seemed pleased to back and willing to return.
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell; Speedway; Ganglord; I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris; Earth Is the Loneliest Planet; Every Day Is Like Sunday; The Bullfighter Dies; Hand in Glove; The Youngest Was the Most Loved; Life Is a Pigsty; Trouble Loves Me; Word Peace Is None of Your Business; Yes, I Am Blind; Meat is Murder; The National Front Disco. Encore: Asleep; First of the Gang to Die.
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