Friday, September 21, 2007

Morrissey @ El Foro, Tijuana 09/20/07

Morrissey, you are forgiven.

First things first, the setlist:

Billy Budd
You Have Killed Me
All You Need is Me
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
In the Future When All's Well
The National Front Disco
Stretch Out And Wait
Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Let Me Kiss You
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Death of a Disco Dancer
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Life Is a Pigsty
How Soon Is Now?
First Of The Gang To Die
Irish Blood, English Heart

Morrissey in Tijuana is something I thought I would never see. He has said in past interviews how he wasn't a fan of the city, yet here he was. The promoters must've ponied up a good amount of cash and were very convincing. El Foro sold-out right before the show. The sound was better than it was at the Embarcadero show. The crowd was 10 tens better and most of them didn't even speak English! The stage invaders were on full force. I think anywhere between 10-15 made it to stage and countless number of others tried. Morrissey even lent a hand out to them. He was really enjoying his fans and the flowers and accepting all gifts. He put a post card of James Dean down the front of his pants so you could see Jimmy's face and it stayed in place for at least 2 songs.

When Morrissey first came out, you could tell that he was a little slow to start. He was gauging the crowd, trying to figure out what the chaos was going to be like. After about 15 minutes, the old Moz came out. He was happy, jumping around, bantering with the crowd, dancing around with his mic cord. He was the Moz I saw back in the day.

He went through 4(?) shirts. He gave out 3 of them and man did they fight for them. I think my favorite part is when he ripped one of his shirts off and you saw the buttons fly! He has lost weight by the way. He's looking a lot better! My favorite shirt he wore was the USA Chivas jersey that he closed the show with. When he threw it out to the audience, they must've fought for it for at least 15 minutes. The winner of the brawl proudly wore it out front. I'm a huge fan of the Chivas (Mexican team). So I was happy. I just got back from Guadalajara and was able to catch a game, so I was on cloud 9.

Morrissey joked around a ton with the crowd. He was quite talkative. He told stories of how he was pulled over by the Tijuana police once he had crossed the border. He told of how he planned on getting a bicycle and selling fruit (melons, watermelons, etc.) on the Revolucion. He asked if anyone recognized the backdrop he was using this tour, which when given the microphone, a fan replied, "I Love You," to which Morrissey mimicked and asked if he was from Puebla! haha It was a very young and handsome Richard Burton by the way.

He played for close to two hours and while it was slow during some parts, he made up for it by playing all those Smiths songs that you hardly ever hear live. He even played three new songs. The first two I liked, but I wasn't impressed. It was the third new song, "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" that I really liked and made me move. The band did a great job and were trying to get up close and personal with the crowd. An upright bass was brought on stage and a few other horn instruments as well. All around, the show blew the Embarcadero show out of the water. It was the first show of this leg of the tour and maybe that's what had him all ready to go. I guess we'll know for sure once he starts playing the rest of the gigs. He'll be in Las Vegas tonight.


pontius said...

Hey great comments on concert last night. Just wanted to say, my memory of the evening was that when Moz was asking the audience do you recognize the person in the backdrop and the boy responded earnestly into Moz's microphone: "I love you, I really love you."

Morrissey smiled, stood up and said to the audience, "He loves me...he really loves me...he's from Puebla."

(Which not being from the area--I didn't get--did he have a shirt on that said puebla?).

Also, and more importantly when the same kid was the first up on stage and hugged Morrissey during the encore, Morrissey yelled out: "It's my boy!"


T said...

Thanks! He said Puebla because he was making fun of the guy's accent! I was cracking up as well.

It was a great show. Are you going to any others? I'm thinking about it...

Anonymous said...

i loved your review.