Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2009

photos by Chris La Putt

Morrissey

TOP 10 THINGS MORRISSEY SAID [SATURDAY] NIGHT

* 10. Does anybody have on their person a dead cat? I'd like to see if I can swing it.
* 9. If ever a venue was made for a gong, it's the Bowery Ballroom.
* 8. I'm the type who just can't find love.
* 7. Who am I? This is a question that many have died trying to answer... I can only be identified on a slab, by the scars of pain.
* 6. So what the hell happens now?
* 5. We're like a jealously guarded can of sardines.
* 4. Tonight's manifesto is...
* 3. Is he making fun of me? He will some day.
* 2. Written in pain!
* 1. In a few days, we will be in a posher part of town, so obviously none of you will be there. Nice meeting you.
[Newsday]

Those quotes all come from Morrissey's Saturday, March 21st gig at the intimate Bowery Ballroom - a venue whose exterior was more heavily guarded than usual on that night. Newsday also wrote that,
[Morrissey's] 80-minute show Saturday night at Bowery Ballroom - the smallest New York venue he has played in more than a decade - matches the album it supports well...harder, tougher and far more indie-rock than he has been in years.

Of course, Morrissey still knows how to deliver heartache more elegantly than almost anyone...And he also knows better than to mess with the signature sound of "How Soon Is Now?" which had the trademark guitar reverb turned up extra loud, though he has modified some lyrics to reflect the times. ("So you go and you stand on your own and you leave on your own and you cry" is followed by "Oh what a big surprise!" instead of "And you want to die!") Less drama, more jaded snarkiness! Who says Morrissey is not of these times?"

Saturday's NYC show came less than a week after Morrissey played the Wellmont Theatre in NJ, and he still has two more NYC shows to go on this tour (posher part of town included).

The Courteeners, who shared a bill with Moz for the first time at the Bowery show, will provide support for the rest of his US tour, which winds down in New Mexico on April 15th - just in time for The Courtneeners make an April 17th Coachella stop.

More Bowery Ballroom pictures and the setlist, below...

The Courteeners...

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

courteeners

Morrissey...

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey

---

Wellmont Theater pics HERE.

Mar. 21, 2009 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - setlist (via Newsday):
This Charming Man
Billy Budd
Black Cloud
How Soon Is Now?
Irish Blood, English Heart
Let Me Kiss You
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Seasick, Yet Still Docked
The Loop
I Keep Mine Hidden
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?
Ask
Best Friend on the Payroll
Sorry Doesn't Help
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
I'm OK By Myself
-------------------
First of the Gang to Die

---

      

Comments (76)

Only 80 mins? I wonder how many people at the show actually only paid face value....

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | March 23, 2009 10:08 AM

Isn't he a little bit too old to be taking his shirt off?

Posted by Johnny MarsBar | March 23, 2009 10:10 AM

true story. the girl standing next to me paid $400. she was mad at ticketmaster, mad at stub hub..

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:17 AM

The most hilarious part about the shirt-removal routine is that he immediately walks offstage after the song is over and puts a new one on. Kind of like biting the head off of a dove and stitching it back together after you're through.

Posted by this charming pan | March 23, 2009 10:21 AM

MEHrrissey

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:25 AM

the show was incredible, not my #1 favorite of the times I've seen him but extremely memorable and likely worth whatever people decided to pay to get tickets. 80 mins is not unusual, lately he's been playing for about 90 or so... but it seems he cut the setlist short by at least one or two songs at Bowery; however, that didn't impact things negatively other than us missing out on the spectacular Death of a Disco Dancer.

as for the shirt -shirts- he removed three and threw each to the piranhas on the floor who happily ripped them to shreds. it could've been Wolverhampton '88 with the atmosphere up in Bowery Saturday night.

Posted by EF Matt | March 23, 2009 10:26 AM

Does anyone know the brand of the plaid shirt he threw out first?


Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:31 AM

was there no photo pit or did BV not get a credentialed shooter?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:39 AM

10:39

Do you even go to concerts? They never have a photo pit at the bowery, lol.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:45 AM

@10:45, you don't need to prove NYC residency to read this site, do you? I've never been to the venue.

god, I feel so ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 10:55 AM

most people who read this blog go to bowery regularly. sometimes we forget that people outside nyc read it as well.

Posted by wembley | March 23, 2009 11:11 AM

Fatissey.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:21 AM

Is Morrissey a lesbian?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:33 AM

>Does anyone know the brand of the plaid shirt he threw out first?

I was wondering the same thing. It's decidedly flattering for a man with a belly.

FLAB ROCK!


Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:33 AM

Heresy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:34 AM

> Fatissey.

Man, I hope I look that good 2 months shy of my 50th birthday...

Posted by cr | March 23, 2009 11:36 AM

Morrifood

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:43 AM

i believe all the shirts were gucci. morrissey loooves his guccui

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 11:57 AM

have seen morrissey twice in the midwest--it's come to be expected for him to peel off his shirts and throw them into the audience for everyone in the vicinity to fight over. it's kind of the antithesis of him and his fans...which I find highly entertaining. would love to have seen him at a venue like this! i will definitely want to check out a show there when i do make it to new york.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:00 PM

so fat, so gross.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:06 PM

it was worth the money I paid to see him at that show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:10 PM

hum never occured to me that people outside of NYC might read this blog, to be honest.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:11 PM

it never occured to me that people who read this blog and actively go to shows have never been to the bowery ballroom. ho hum. *shrug*

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:15 PM

Fatty acids.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:23 PM

the last shirt of the eve was dolce & gabanna.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:29 PM

BRUTAL security at this.

Posted by tp | March 23, 2009 12:33 PM

Did any of the shirts survive to ebay that shit?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:35 PM

Why read BV if you don't live in NYC? Living vicariously or something?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:50 PM

The Morrissey food, the more I eat.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 12:52 PM

Did anyone else notice that most of those quotes didn't even make sense? I guess you had to be there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:00 PM

did they have different guys at the entrance than usual? because the door people on sat night actually nice and cordial. major shock!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:16 PM

Video of morrissey after the show...priceless:
video

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:19 PM

"new" lyrics for "How Soon Is Now" are 5 years old at this point, and he's taken his shirt off at every live show he's done for almost 20 years.

door people at bowery usually great and totally professional. (it's music hall where they have no idea what they're doing.)

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:26 PM

I love that man

Posted by wheatus | March 23, 2009 1:32 PM

door people at bowery = super nice

door people at terminal 5 = idiots

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:33 PM

I always found mhow door guys decent - and bowery guys ruthlessly mean - buy happy mean guys not there sat night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:40 PM

schwul, but good

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:50 PM

"Why read BV if you don't live in NYC? Living vicariously or something?"

the witty commentary, mainly.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:56 PM

doors and on-stage times?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:57 PM

on late night with jimmy fallon tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:02 PM

yes

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:03 PM

> BRUTAL security at this.

Gonna disagree. Only one guy got taken down hard - dude who tried to get up on the right side of the stage... Climbed over sound/lighting equipment to get there.

Door guys were super cool.

Posted by cr | March 23, 2009 3:11 PM

The guy who usually works the side of the stage and the backstage area is a biker-looking dude named Kevin who is actually a really friendly and overall good guy -- when you're not an asshole to him. When you try to jump on the stage, he does his job. I know for a fact that the Bowery venue security was alerted in advance of the stage-jumping at Morrissey shows, so they were prepared.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:39 PM

AnonyMEHs

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:31 PM

everyday is silent and MEH

Posted by M. E. Heuck | March 23, 2009 4:40 PM

Ringleader of the TorMEHntors

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:51 PM

show was amazing. worth every fucking penny. i paid 40 over face value and have no regrets. no question. i am still glowing from it.

Posted by herbert | March 23, 2009 4:57 PM

Never Had No One MEHver

Posted by h.l. MEHncken | March 23, 2009 4:57 PM

show was aMEHzing

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:52 PM

morrissey is part of the media elite.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:55 PM

>> Why read BV if you don't live in NYC? Living vicariously or something?

Leave it to some elitist NYC turd to assume people really want to live there so bad.

Posted by Jeff | March 23, 2009 7:33 PM

>Leave it to some elitist NYC turd to assume people really want to live there so bad.

leave it to somebody in the suburbs to be so defensive.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 8:04 PM

the entire premise of surprise that some non-gothamites might read this site is really funny to me...let me guess...you only read the articles of the shows you go to?

and i'm guessing that 8:04 is not city-bred. you know, having a backyard is actually kinda nice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 8:29 PM

>and i'm guessing that 8:04 is not city-bred. you know, having a backyard is actually kinda nice.

you'd have guessed wrong. and i'm sure it is, if you like that kinda thing (yawn)

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 8:31 PM

we look to Los Angeles
for the language we use
London is dead
London is dead

Posted by home of the brash outrageous and free | March 23, 2009 8:53 PM

nobody that's posted anything mean about Moz will look half as good as he does when they are his age..."just saying"

Posted by Girl least likely to | March 23, 2009 9:38 PM

Go back to MEHnchester!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 9:39 AM

Lots of people all over the country read this blog. I live in the Midwest too. Mainly read it to find out national tour dates and such. Reading the comments of most the a**holes who comment on this blog definitely kind of makes me glad I don't live in NYC. People are mean.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 1:17 PM

you live in the MEHdwest?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 1:40 PM

Did he tell any Bengali to go back home?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 1:54 PM

well I dont read the music blogs that come out of la or chicago or london or something, though im sure there must be some good ones. what are you local blogs, for people that dont live in nyc?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:22 PM

why does every retard in new york think they're a professional photographer?

Posted by Spine-führer of Hoboken | March 24, 2009 3:25 PM

"Lots of people all over the country read this blog. I live in the Midwest too. Mainly read it to find out national tour dates and such. Reading the comments of most the a**holes who comment on this blog definitely kind of makes me glad I don't live in NYC. People are mean."

Stay out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 3:35 PM

i wish i lived in the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 3:53 PM

"Lots of people all over the country read this blog. I live in the Midwest too. Mainly read it to find out national tour dates and such. Reading the comments of most the a**holes who comment on this blog definitely kind of makes me glad I don't live in NYC. People are mean."

I'm from New York. Those assholes leaving comments here do not reflect the personality of people in NY. They are this group of idiots who try to overcome their own lack of talent in putting down the work of others. They're very common in indie music circles unfortunately.

That said if you tend to immediately associate asshole behavior with NY, it's probably good that you don't live here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 3:56 PM

Why do you say that 3:25? How rude.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 4:07 PM

NYC is not the world

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 10:42 PM

WOULD FUCK MOZ – FLAB N ALL!!!11

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 11:00 PM

You guys are some daddy hating twinks aren't ya? Don't you know it's all about the belly?! Morrissey is looking huskier and hotter than ever! WOOF!!!

Posted by The One For Me, Fatty | March 25, 2009 3:56 PM

anyone know when moz is going on tonight? i heard ten

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 7:09 PM

^-- yea does anybody know? i heard the show starts at 9, i suppose thats when the opener goes on? which means moz wont be until like 10/1030

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 7:32 PM

i just spoke with my buddy outside the venue. opener at 9, moz at 10

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 7:38 PM

"Why read BV if you don't live in NYC? Living vicariously or something?" I'm sure your a turd newcomer to the city. The same for all those prick fuck quasi-yorkers

Regards... We look to Los Angeles
for the language we use
NY is dead
NY is dead

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 11:51 PM

Why read BV if you don't live in NYC? Living vicariously or something?

Lol, this blog is full of SXSW reports, is that New York? Asshole!!!

Posted by Miguel | March 26, 2009 12:07 AM

Makes sense now. All the lame comments are from non-New Yorkers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 12:34 AM

I do that you will be elaborating more on this issue. I like a bit more information.

Posted by Kati | July 8, 2013 9:42 PM

Leave a Comment