Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Morrissey at the Hollywood Palladium (10/08/07)

The Salford Lads Club from my trip to England earlier this year.

I made the sacrifice of missing one Morrissey show to travel north to see the Cure play a three hour set at the Download festival. I was ready to resume my Morrissey marathon and actually got to the Hollywood Palladium in time to see the line up debacle. They let the eight show pass holders in first to the venue and they rushed the Palladium staff to the point were they threatened to close the doors on the fans.

Kristeen Young appeared onstage to gentle applause. She was wearing a Bjork inspired outfit that looked like wine grapes on her shoulder. Kristeen does have a good vocal range but unfortunately for her, she garners the most applause from the audience when her set ends.

From the beginning, the crowd seemed to be in good spirits. When Morrissey and the band walked onstage, the applause meter went to 10. The lads were all wearing black dress shirts and various colored ties. Morrissey was in a spiffy white dress shirt. I was enamored with Boz Boorer's mirror reflective Fender Thinline Telecaster with Bigsby tremolo as he cut into the opening chords of "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side". I started to have flashbacks of Morrissey's 1999 show at the Hollywood Palladium when they opened with the same song.

The lads seemed to be in rock mode as they chugged away on their guitars and Matt Walker (Drums) was not letting his dress shirt impair his hard rocking drum duties. I also spotted two people with video cameras in the pit and I suspect that this will be bonus footage for the Morrissey Hollywood Bowl DVD. After a double shot of "Tomorrow" and "National Front Disco", I was hoping he would throw out some more tracks from "Your Arsenal".

"Lucky Lisp" was another deviation from the Morrissey core set list and sounded splendid. Morrissey introduced this as a Japanese song called "Rucky Risp". "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?" is probably my favorite Morrissey song and I hope he plays it every night.Mikey Farrell (Keyboards) was pulling double duty as he worked the accordion and added some mellotron flute keys to the song. I really hope this comes out on the DVD.

Morrissey did comment that he had one record deal offer and was soliciting other offers. I would think that Morrissey has been burnt by so many record companies in the past that he should think about going the Radiohead route and release his new album on his terms. The show continued its rock vibe with "Ganglord" and "I Will See You in Far Off Places".Jessie Tobias (Guitars) was hopping over his floor monitor and rocking out near the front of the stage during some of the songs.

It was also the unofficial give Morrissey a gift night as a ton of people had flowers, books and cds thrown onstage. Morrissey tucked a New York Dolls T-Shirt into the front of his pants and walked around stage for a song.

When I saw the glasses placed onstage, I knew it was time for "Life Is A Pigsty". This song is epic live and is my favorite off "Ringleader Of The Tormentors". Boz would also drink from the glass near the end of his part prior to grabbing his acoustic guitar for the thunderous breakdown of the song. Mikey then plays the piano outro that morphs into "Auld Lang Syne" before the huge tremolo chords of "How Soon is Now?" filled the Hollywood Palladium. The crowd became really surly at this point and an aspiring stage invader was very unsuccessful as he was put in a full nelson headlock right in front and later handcuffed as three security guards escorted him out. As I departed the venue, I wasn't surprised to pass a line of 10 people in chairs waiting to go to the next night's show.

Morrissey setlist for the Hollywood Palladium Night 4 (10/8/07)
"You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side"
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
"National Front Disco"
"The Loop"
"Sister, I'm a Poet"
"Lucky Lisp"
"Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?"
"I Will See You in Far Off Places"
"I Like You"
"Human Being"
"That's How People Grow Up"
"Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
"I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"
"All You Need is Me"
"One Day Goodbye Will be Farewell"
"Shoplifters of the World Unite"
"Life is a Pigsty"
"How Soon is Now?"
"First of the Gang to Die"

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