Saturday, October 13, 2007

Morrissey at the Hollywood Palladium (10/12/07)

It started to feel like Groundhog day as I pulled up to the Hollywood Palladium. I was still buzzing from Morrissey's performance the prior night and was hoping for some more surprises.

Kristeen Young gave another gutsy performance that was marred by some off color comments from the crowd. Kristeen had some feedback problems with her set and I was hoping that this would not carry over to Morrissey's set. It seemed like Kristeen used a phaser pedal on her keyboard more during this performance for a trippy effect. She unfortunately replied to the people making the lewd comments therefore provoking them more.

The lads of Morrissey appeared on stage wearing their milkmen outfits at a few minutes after nine. Morrissey asked the crowd if they knew where their parents were as they started playing "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before". Morrissey seemed to be in a good mood as he was performing his trademark microphone whips across the stage. Morrissey also pointed to the drum head and stated "Some of us are turning nasty".

I believe I heard Morrissey change the lyrics of "You Have Killed Me" by mentioning "Visconti is me!". Morrissey was having some monitor problems again as he mentioned something about the stage being an operating table. "Irish Blood, English Heart" was as sharp as ever with its delayed opening guitar notes. Morrissey also spoke that some of the crowd may be Mexican blood, American heart or Mexican blood, Mexican heart.

"Disappointed" was enthusiastically received by the crowd and Morrissey changed the lyrics again to his usual "Your friends would rather die then sleep with you". Mikey Farrell was also using one of Jessie Tobias's Fender electric guitars for this track. Morrissey handed the microphone to a crowd member who smartly asked what was Morrissey hearing on stage that he didn't like to which Morrissey replied that encouragement is for ponies and children.

"Girlfriend In A Coma" was outstanding and the crowd gasped as the band deftly launched into the song. Jessie was using his capo again on the 1st fret of his guitar for "Sister, I'm a Poet". "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was preceded by Morrissey stating he has been around for 32 years and can attest that the world is full of crashing bores. "Death Of A Disco Dancer" is amazing live and gets me everytime Morrissey hits the falsetto portion of the song.

"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" was probably the best version of the song that I have witnessed. The crowd reacted very strongly and was singing along at the top of their lungs. "Ganglord" had Jessie using an E-bow on the opening of the song. "Stretch Out And Wait" had Morrissey change the lyrics to "Eskimo blood in my veins". Morrissey closed the night with threat of if you don't come tomorrow night I will "whup your ass". I didn't think Morrissey condoned violence.

After the barrage and assault from the audience on the prior night, security was noticeably added to prevent an stage invaders. The show was high energy but may have rivaled the prior night if some people got up on stage. I wonder if Morrissey will pull out an surprises for the final night.

Morrissey setlist at the Hollywood Palladium (10/12/07)
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"
"You Have Killed Me"
"I Just Want To See The Boy Happy"
"Irish Blood, English Heart"
"Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?"
"The National Front Disco"
"Girlfriend In A Coma"
"Sister, I'm A Poet"
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores"
"I Like You"
"Death Of A Disco Dancer"
"Billy Budd"
"Jack The Ripper"
"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"
"Let Me Kiss You"
"Stretch Out And Wait"
"Dear God, Please Help Me"
"How Soon Is Now?"
"First Of The Gang To Die"

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