Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Morrissey @ Palladium Ballroom (HowardBobJohnson)


I imagine the majority of the readers here are too young to have seen Morrissey live in 1991. I was 11 and my only Moz experience at the time was my friend's older brother's "Smiths" cover band. The 91 performance that spawned the concert video "Morrissey: Live in Dallas" showcased the hysteria of Morrissey crowds during the singer's early solo career. Anyone halfway familiar with his live performances immediately visualizes stage runnings, rose throwing and pseudo-fascist synchronized chanting. For someone who seemingly dismisses the enjoyable, Moz has consistenly been an excellent showman, which is part of what makes "Live in Dallas" a strange artifact. Sixty minutes into the concert,when it's obvious security has no control on the audience's persistence, Moz storms off while his band is left shrugging their shoulders before they eventually join him off stage. It could have been worse. It could have been a riot.

Fast forward sixteen years. While Moz's hairline grows with his age, the pompadour retains its form, and even though LA's commuter culture hasn't been kind on his waistline, the voice hasn't aged a bit. In fact its remarkable how little has changed with this guy in the past 15 years. Stylistically, the music hasn't really evolved or transformed, and neither have his lyrical themes. While some may critique his output as formulaic, ask yourself: would you ever really want a radical departure from Moz? What would that even be? The concert on Friday was far more calm than the "Live in Dallas" video footage that could easily pass for a national front rally rather than a musical performance. It was enjoyable to watch him exchange trivial quips with the audience, partly because you could tell HE actually"enjoyed" it too. Morrissey live is great because it may very well be the only time and place where the old man lets his guard down a little bit. Age has apparently humanized the king of self loathing. Oh and yes... he played "How Soon is Now."
Morrissey "Everyday is Like Sunday" from Live in Dallas 1991

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit, that video is incredible. I had the strangest reaction of anxiety and fear watching that, but don't have any memories of being scared or pissed off when I was at that show in 91. I remember reading about it and thinking moz was such a prima donna, but it was in fact very scary to think of being in his position there!

I'll say this, he sang and sounded a hell of a lot better last friday!!

1:05 AM  
Blogger aaron said...

my god i want his shirt.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was throwing GUCCI shirts out in the crowd!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous jwm said...

V-NECK OVERLOAD

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are those really "fans" its seems as if a lot of them got on stage and then didnt know what to do, so they just threw their arms in the air and made it about themselves. in the end it was more about getting past security than being where moz was or whatever.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll have to jack thread and go read HATEMAIL on denton rock city!!!

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kyle fucking sucks

2:34 PM  
Anonymous andrew michael said...

i was there

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of rude for booker to post that...just my opinion.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

me too. Half a life ago, sweet sixteen.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to make out with the chick at 3:45

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know i kinda agree with Kyle on the whole thing....

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, lots of people are wrong about stuff, so it's okay.

Cha Cha slipped into "bad form" mode.

Kyle slipped into complete wacko mode.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems to me kyle was just reacting. C was causing.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She said "What?! You have to cancel??"

He said" You bitch! Fuck you, bitch!"

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoever this kyle person is... is absolutely bat-shit insane!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

white drugs cd release
silk stocking

june 2nd
doublewide
....tell chelsea to get fucked personally.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as if she'd actually be at the show. I never seen her there.

1:24 PM  

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