Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Nov
11
1997

Miami post-show - Intense Morrissey.

Miami post-show - Intense Morrissey. Former Smith's leader bares his dark soul.

Day off, Miami. Went to see Morrissey play this evening, at the Jackie Gleason theatre in Miami Beach. I was such a huge fan of The Smiths that I never really took to Morrissey's solo stuff, but I thought I'd go & see him all the same. The venue was small and rather plush and Mozzer showed up with a small but very nice looking stage set, from which he delivered a brief 59 minutes of very intense music. No hits, of course, how could you expect it from him, but after a while I began to get into it. Its dark, but it certainly has soul. The audience was mostly your catalogue-angst disenfranchised youth-poet crowd, who were going with it, but seemed a little left out by the obscurity of it all. Our Moz leaves the stage, then for his brief encore launches into "Shoplifters of the World" (a Smiths classic) and the place goes mental from top to bottom. It sounded so good and you can't help think the world would be a finer place if The Smiths could have held it together. Its a little like when Big Audio Dynamite opened for U2 (for years!). They were a great band and would always go down well with the U2 crowd, but when they played the one Clash song the house would just lift off and you felt sad for what might have been. I know nostalgia isn't what it used to be, but you can't help feel there's a lot of great live music going to waste.

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