Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Morrissey at Carolina Theatre - 6/15/2015

Morrissey
Carolina Theatre
6/15/2015

Finally, after more cancellations than the current NBC sitcom schedule, Morrissey showed up in North Carolina for the first time since 2009.  On that tour I drove to Myrtle Beach and saw one of the oddest shows ever put on by him, from the setlist to his clearly shredded voice to the insane crowd.  This outing was better than that one to be sure, though much more subdued, due partially to the theatre being all assigned seats, and even more because of the setlist that focused so heavily on his new songs...at this point I've come to expect the second part from Morrissey, but that doesn't make it any less of a disappointment.  The highlights of the night for me were three-fold: He kicked off the gig with "The Queen is Dead," and how could you not get excited about that; "Speedway," a long-time favorite with an added twist when one of the band members sang the last verse in Spanish; and most importantly, his voice sounded fantastic.  Other top tracks included classics "Suedehead," "Everyday Is Like Sunday," and "Now My Hear Is Full," and newer hits like "First of the Gang to Die" and "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores."  From my spot in the balcony I couldn't really see the video board, which ended up being a plus when he aired a graphic animal abuse video during "Meat Is Murder" - though it was still cool to hear the song.  The only other noteworthy thing that come to mind was the use of a didgeridoo during "World Peace Is None of Your Business" - it was nice seeing it used as an actual instrument and not just a hippy accessory.  It was an expensive show, and he only played a few songs I was really excited to hear, but any chance to see Morrissey is one worth taking. 

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