Thursday, May 31, 2007

Very Belated Morrissey Post

On Friday, May 18, 2007 I attended a Morrissey concert with Pezda. It is my duty to cover the music aspect of the concert, while he covers the people watching over at the Daily Dose. I suspect either or both of us will also post on Ultrahip. Maybe not.

Moz is old. He is graying at the temples and carrying a few extra el bees. However he does this with remarkable style. He strode out in his new look suit and tie, but was shirtless by the end of the second song much to the delight of all the aging queens in the crowd. Roses are now tossed in lieu of lillies. Not much else has changed.

This was not the typical aging rock star concert where new material that you don't know is beaten into your brain while the old material is eschewed. Had Boz Booer been sporting a skater mop top with bangs in his eyes, they could have passed it off as a Smiths concert. They opened with "The Queen is Dead." My heart raced with the driving beat.

Not that he didn't play new material or solo material. Of course he did. Plenty of it. He even dug deep a few times which pleasantly surprised me. He played "Disappointed!" But that pales in comparisson to the fact that he played six (6) Smiths songs. This included "How Soon Is Now?" which almost counts as a cover since you can play the notes, but no one has quite the same "guitar voice" as Johnny Marr. Not to mention that the opening feedback that has become as much a part of the song as anything else will never be exactly duplicated.

And then the coup de grace. For the encore he played "Please,Please,Please..." I welled up. It was strange how that song hit me hard. It was surreal. It was like going home and seeing your mother's face as you remember it as a child. It was like being granted the wish of getting to be seventeen for a moment and being able to share the kiss with Molly Ringwald at the end of "Sixteen Candles."

So in honor of this, The Smiths Lyric of the Week is:

"Haven't had a dream in a long time. See the life I've had would make a good man turn bad."

-Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

9 comments:

egeg said...

"Please, please, please..." - best Smiths song EVER! (Strangely enough, I recently had occasion to comment on this on another blog.) Just hearing that makes me happy, and reading this post makes me happy for you.

Grant Miller said...

One thing I love about the Smiths is very little of their music sounds dated. They rarely fell into that "1980s over-produced" sound that tainted many otherwise great bands. And "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" is a prime example of that. It sounds like it could have been recorded in 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 or 2004. Quite remarkable.

pezda said...

Wait, he was in the Smiths?!?

Keegan said...

pezda, you're a wanker!

Evil Genius said...

Red,

I am happy that you are happy that I am happy.

Grant,

Wait.. we're not in the 80's anymore?

Eric,

I will have to check and get back to you on that.

Keegan,

Um, quiet you?

Winter said...

So jealous.

Dale said...

Sounds like a great show from your point of view and Pezda's as well. Did you ever see the music doc. New York Doll? The song helps take your breath away at a particular moment and the film is interesting in its own right.

Evil Genius said...

THE Dale here? What an honor!

Dale said...

THE Dale? Never heard of him. I'm just some fat guy in a bee suit. I am attracted to all evil.