1) Your Gonna Ned Someone On Your Side – And here I am / and here I am / Well you don’t need to look so pleased
2) Jack The Ripper – Crash into my arms / I want to / You don’t agree / but you don’t refuse
3) Break Up The Family – I’m so glad to grow older / to move away from those awful times / I want to see all of my friends tonight
4) Disappointed – Don’t talk to me, no / About people who are “nice” / ‘Cause I have spent my WHOLE LIFE / in RUINS / Because of people who are “nice”
5) It’s Hard To Walk Tall When You’re Small – I attack from the back / Because it’s easy / And I can assail / While wearing very nice jewellery
6) Do Your Best And Don’t Worry – Compare the best of their days / with the worst of their days / you wont win
7) The Loop – I just wanna say / I haven’t been away, oh / I am still right here / Where I always was
8) The National Front Disco – There’s a country / You don’t live there / But one day you would like to.
9) The Never Played Symphonies – Black sky in the daytime / And I don’t much mind dying / When there is nothing left / To care for anymore / Just the never laid / The never played symphonies
10) Reader Meet Author – You dont know a thing about their lives / They live where you wouldnt dare to drive / You shake as you think of how they sleep / But you write as if you all lie side by side
11) The Last of the Famous International Playboys – And now in my cell / Well, I followed you / And here’s a list of who I slew / Reggie Kray – do you know my name ? / Oh, don’t say you don’t / Please say you do / oh oh oh oh
12) Sunny – So I offered love / And it was not required / Oh, what else can I do ? / What else can I do ?
13) Hold Onto Your Friends – Give up your job / squander your cash / be rash / Just hold onto your friends
14) In The Future When All’s Well – Armed with wealth and / The best of health / In the future when all’s well
15) Seasick, Yet Still Docked – Tonight I’ve consumed much more than I can hold / Oh, this is very clear to you / And you can tell I have never really loved / You can tell, by the way, I sleep all day
I’m a few days late on this (more on that later) but I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on Saturday night’s show. I was very excited about seeing Morrissey at the Warner, it’s one of D.C.’s oldest concert venues, styled like a junior version of Radio City Music Hall.
Strangely, I was not nearly as nervous to photograph Moz this time around. I was pins and needles two years ago at DAR, but was strangely calm this time. That is, until the rush of people crowding the front of the stage when the lights went down. I don’t think security at that venue was used to crowds like that. There was a lot of pushing and shoving at first but eventually everyone got a spot they were happy with and it was somewhat bearable.
I ended up stage right and in retrospect, it was too far from center. And due to the crowds, I couldn’t move around. The lighting was coming from the sides and back of the stage with a spotlight on Moz, so I got mostly profile stuff. Overall I got some good photos, but nothing as iconic as last time.
The show itself was better than I was expecting. I’m still not a fan of Years of Refusal and I wish he would have played some songs off of Ringleader of the Tormentors (I am still bitter that he was over playing those songs by then time his tour got to the East Coast two years ago). I still don’t like the alt-rock version of “This Charming Man” but “Ask” was quite nice. It was a thrill of hear Morrissey sing about the buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg. He also played a Buzzcocks cover and broke out “First of the Gang to Die”
for the first time on this tour (Reader Ken notes that Moz played this in Myrtle Beach. Don’t forget to fact check, kids!). Moz hearts DC, he always breaks out something new here. I was hoping for “Reader Meet Author,” but oh well. Also, “Best Friend on the Payroll” sounded surprisingly great, and “The Loop” is still BEST.
Oh, and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that noticed the heart-shaped sweat stain in Morrissey’s shirt.
This Charming Man / Billy Budd / Black Cloud / Let Me Kiss You / How Soon Is Now? / I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris / How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? / Ask / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / Something Is Squeezing My Skull / Death Of A Disco Dancer / You Say You Don’t Love Me / It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore / The Loop / Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself? / Best Friend On The Payroll / I Keep Mine Hidden / Sorry Doesn’t Help / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / I’m OK By Myself // First Of The Gang To Die
Lastly, I would highly recommend checking out David Malitz’s Washington Post review (with more of my photos!) and Chrs Klimek’s review for DCist.
PS – I have now photographed Morrissey, Radiohead and Oasis for the Washington Post. Jarvis, you’re next.
Here’s the setlist from the Durham Performing Arts Center:
This Charming Man / Something Is Squeezing My Skull / Black Cloud / Billy Budd / How Soon Is Now? / I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris / Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed / Ask / That’s How People Grow Up / Let Me Kiss You / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / The Loop / Best Friend On The Payroll / One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell / Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself? / I Keep Mine Hidden / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / Life Is A Pigsty / I’m OK By Myself // Irish Blood, English Heart
Other than “The Loop,” “Ask” and “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself,” not terribly exciting. But maybe I’ll take a liking to the new material more when I hear it live. The good news is that those in attendance said Moz was in pretty good form.
How do you know when Morrissey is on tour? When he starts canceling dates.
Rumors are flying fast and furious over at Moz-solo.com. After canceling the first few dates of his US tour (all of them in Florida), Morrissey released the following statement:
“I have survived the interrogation of Atlanta’s Immigration officials and Myrtle Beach shall have me tomorrow nite (Friday), and the world from then onwards … if the world can take it. One of the many penalties of being human is that tours often take a military push to start, well, all of our answers will be in our songs tomorrow night. The bloodbath starts at 7.30. Life is testing you out. Be ready for anything.”
He then goes on to play the Myrtle Beach show. Here’s the setlist:
Something Is Squeezing My Skull / Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed / This Charming Man / Black Cloud / Best Friend On The Payroll / First Of The Gang To Die / I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris / How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / Ask / Sister, I’m A Poet / All You Need Is Me / I Keep Mine Hidden / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / Life Is A Pigsty / How Soon Is Now?
Someone in the forums noted that there was a very abrupt end to the show (three other songs were on the setlist and were not played) and there were fears Atlanta would be canceled. Sure enough, that’s what happened. The anonymous tipster also said “this tour is in serious trouble.” Not the first time a Moz tour has been in jeopardy and it likely will not be the last.
I hope Mozzer gets it together before he plays D.C. next weekend.
Johnny Marr 4ever!
Mrs. Leaf and I are moving apartments at the end of the month, and in the midst of packing, I put on Morrissey’s Oye Esteban DVD for some background music. While I was perusing the credits I noticed a familiar name.
As in the guy that directed 300 as well as Watchmen (out March 6th). Snyder directed Morrissey’s video for “Tomorrow.” Small world.
Incidentally, Morrissey’s latest, Years of Refusal, is out on Tuesday. I didn’t love it after one listen and my opinion hasn’t changed. But lots of other people like it.