Morrissey. The man can do no wrong. Although he’d probably have you think otherwise. His show (we wouldn’t dare call it a performance) at Radio City Music Hall was no different. From start to finish, Morrissey delivered. And we ate up every last drop.
My first introduction to Morrissey’s oeuvre happened when I was twelve. Vauxhall and I was released, and I was fascinated. (Don’t judge.) So, I was thrilled to hear a couple of songs – Spring-Heeled Jim and Speedway — from that album. But as I grew older, my love for Moz’s melancholy tunes matured. And, finally, after more years than I care to recount, I saw the don’t-call-me-legend Legend take the stage (again, don’t judge) under a solitary spotlight.
Demanding yet modest, Morrissey captivated for nearly ninety minutes. Engaging the audience at every turn. ”I wasn’t too embarrassing on TV last night, was I?” he asked, referring to his appearance on The Colbert Report. ”Because I often am. No one is perfect.”
He also allowed a bit of wit to escape him: ”A few days ago, I took a taxi in New York. And the driver could speak English. And he knew where he was going. It was incredible. This never happens.”
That Morrissey appreciates his fans is an understatement. He frequently stopped to shake a protruding hand between — and during — each song. Even during the encore, when the crowd rushed the stage and bouncers were on the ready, Morrissey remained calm, allowing a trespasser to hug him while he crooned.
Morrissey’s dedication to animal rights and PETA also made an appearance. During “Meat Is Murder,” he projected a graphic and disturbing video depicting the slaying of hens and cows for food. PETA also had a table downstairs at the venue.
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
You Have Killed Me
The Youngest Was The Most Loved
You’re The One For Me Fatty
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Every Day Is Like Sunday
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
People Are The Same Everywhere
Meat Is Murder
To Give (The Reason I Live) (Frankie Valli cover)
Let Me Kiss You
I Know It’s Over
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
I’m Ok By Myself