Morrissey

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Average User Rating 9.15
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Moz Sings the Blues in NYC
Venue/Date: Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
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October 22nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.07

MO’ MORRISSEY’S A SOLID SHOW

By DAN AQUILANTE

October 24, 2007 -- MORRISSEY and moping might go hand in hand in the pop culture consciousness, but the iconic singer overcame that assessment with a smart, well-played concert at the first of his five-night N.Y.C. series.

Monday's gig at the Hammerstein Ballroom was a 90-minute set of greatest hits. The night's selections - everything from “You Have Killed Me" from his latest solo record to the Smiths classic “Death of a Disco Dancer" - were plugged into themes of violence and lawlessness. The melodies of the songs either rocked or floated prettily, and they stood in contrast to the dark lyrics.

Morrissey sounded great for a man who's had his share of medically related singing problems - his June concerts here were cancelled because of a sore voice box. His baritone was clear and supple in both bass and falsetto.

Morrissey's fans are devoted to the singer, so it was surprising that the show was not sold out.

Dressed in blue slacks and an open-collared blue shirt, Moz looks like a favorite uncle on his way to the wet bar. He cemented that avuncular persona by introducing the opening song, “Stop Me if You Think You've

Heard This One Before," with the invitation “Climb upon my knee, New York City." Interesting patter makes the audience feel a personal connection to the artist, but Morrissey also adds a great physicality to his show. He just doesn't stand there. The man paces the lip of the stage, touching fans, letting them touch him.
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Morrissey rocks it hard after illness
Venue/Date: Wolf Trap's Louisiana Swamp Romp (Vienna, VA)
Concert Date:  
July 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.23
CONCERT REVIEW: Morrissey
The dapper ex-Smiths vocalist delighted fans at Wolf Trap

By John Rickman
Special Correspondent
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Morrissey
The dapper ex-Smiths vocalist delighted local loyal fans at Wolf Trap.

Alternative rock icon Morrissey set passions aflame last night at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna. The dapper ex-Smiths vocalist and his touring band of brothers delighted local loyal fans with an almost two hour set, pulling liberally from the British-born singer’s extensive sentimental pop songbook.

Backed by ex-Polecats guitarist Boz Boorer and veterans of the London rockabilly and garage rock scene, including guitarist Jesse Tobias, keyboardist and horn player Michael Farrell, bass guitarist Solomon Walker, and drummer Matt Walker, Morrissey sounded as good as could be considering he was reportedly mending a throat infection.

The illness, which had forced cancellations of previous East Coast shows, was hardly noticeable -- especially given the once twenty-something heartthrob is closing in on 50. Despite age and ailment he still alternately bellows and sings falsetto and last night his performance generally was replete with high notes.

The maudlin crooner performed tunes from his latest album Ringleader of the Tormentors, songs from previous solo albums, a new number entitled "That's How People Grow Up," and classic Smiths tunes. The latter caused brush fires of frenzied enthusiasm and sing-along from an adoring audience. When Moz and his “ravishing boy band” christened the proceedings with “The Queen Is Dead,” the Wolf Trap erupted in a loud cheer.

When Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr formed The Smiths in 1982, the group’s tuneful but brooding pop music sparked the bleeding hearts of wallflowers the world over. Anchored by the steady, understated funk of bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, Marr and Morrissey’s interwoven tapestry of Rickenbacker riffage and poetic wit wowed both critic and listener.
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