Posted in music | pictures on March 20, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Morrissey

Morrissey, the wry British icon of modern rock, tipped his hat to New Jersey by warbling the chorus of Bruce Springsteen's current single as he walked on stage at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair Monday night [3/16].

"I'm workin' on a dream," Morrissey crooned, with just the right combination of mockery and respect.

To hear Springsteen's optimistic line emanate from Morrissey, who tends more toward the Oscar Wilde/Joe Orton school of narrative, was flat-out funny. The brevity of the parody made it that much more effective.-[from Asbury Park Press]

And NY Times said...
Morrissey's physical language was mostly refined and small and practical: a raised hand for emphasis, some delicate cross-stepping five feet to the right or left. Twice he took off his well-fitting dress shirts, and both times he threw the shirt to the audience: an impressive expense for Montclair, on the 11th night of a 78-show tour. He was telling us that he sympathizes with anyone flighty enough to worship a pop star. He was also telling us, perhaps, that he has calculated his own worth.-[NYTimes]
Morrissey's tour continues with the first NYC show happening this Saturday (3/21) at the very small (for Morrissey) Bowery Ballroom, followed by Webster Hall on Wednesday, and then Carnegie Hall the next night. Red Cortez opened the Wellmont show. The Courteeners will be opening all three NYC shows.

More NJ Morrissey pictures below...

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Mar. 16, 2009 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre - setlist (from Asbury Park Press):
"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"
"Ask"
"How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel"
"The Loop"
"Death of a Disco Dancer"
"Something Is Squeezing My Skull"
"Seasick, Yet Still Docked"
"Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself"
"Best Friend On the Payroll"
"Mama Lay Softly On the Riverbed"
"Sorry Doesn't Help"
"I Keep Mine Hidden"
"The World Is Full of Crashing Bores"
"I'm OK By Myself"
"First of the Gang To Die"

Compare that to the setlist from DC.

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Comments (43)

morrissey has aged so much better than robert smith

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 7:06 PM

he's so lovely
....and that heart sweat is epic!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 7:15 PM

Wellmont Theatre without assigned seats is the Hammerstein of Jersey. No, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 7:46 PM

About the Robert Smith comment: Morrissey doesn't wear the same amount of make-up as Robert Smith. Those chemical damage your skin, my peps!

Posted by dee | March 20, 2009 8:13 PM

The photo of him getting hugged by someone is me...

Posted by Jasen Hunt | March 20, 2009 8:14 PM

Then Jasen you must be one happy camper. :) I did that at Nassau Coliseum in 1991. The only person to take a picture was an ex GF... she showed it to me once through the window glass while she was inside a locked car, then drove away. That, as they say, was that.

Tim

Posted by Tim | March 20, 2009 8:24 PM

Jasen Hunt doesn't understand sentence construction

and Morrissey is an old man

hsss hsss hsss say the flannel ensconced oversized headphonees

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 9:58 PM

Jasen, where can I send the money for you to be able to afford a haircut? I understand times are tough. I'm here for you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 10:26 PM

come. to. canada.

:( :(

Posted by massromantic | March 20, 2009 10:42 PM

Jasen, did you feel Moz' dorsal sweat?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 11:32 PM

hahaha, its true that my sentence construction was all sorts of askew. I literally woke up on a bus, my friend texted me and sent me the link, and i posted whilst half from my phone. who cares about sentence construction when i kissed morrissey anyways?

Posted by jasen hunt | March 20, 2009 11:57 PM

You wouldn't have a brother named Michael, would you, Jasen?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 12:05 AM

the expression in morrissey's eyes... it looks like he really doesn't give a fuck about what he's doing.

Posted by Lori | March 21, 2009 1:14 AM

Great photos!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 1:14 AM

As long as canada slaughters seals.. you won't be seeing the Mozfather.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 1:56 AM

OMG it's so awesome to see him. I used to listen to his music and songs religiously. Most of the lyrics were pretty cool and the music brings me back to a very early time in my life with alot of memories. Thanks for the photos, love the one with the heart shaped sweat mark.

Posted by Ajlouny | March 21, 2009 3:07 AM

Needs more Smiths songs. Bring back "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 7:29 AM

awesome photos man, thanks for sharing. Jasen you are so lucky!

Posted by Margaret | March 21, 2009 7:46 AM

He played Ask? Grr, I'm really upset I missed this one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 9:19 AM

Jasen! Nice! Attacking him is something to be proud of! I'm sure he loves strage pseudo hipsters jumping on stage.

Ya fucking twat.

Posted by Jim Stansel | March 21, 2009 11:44 AM

^^^^ yeah, because Morrissey fans never come up on stage...

Posted by drewo | March 21, 2009 11:48 AM

^^^^ Sarcasm...Nice concept!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 12:15 PM

all these haters are just jealous... i'm happy for you, jasen :]

Posted by lauren | March 21, 2009 12:25 PM

yeah, jim stansel, no one has EVER invaded a stage at a morrissey show...
and frankly, hate as you will, i touched something you never will.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 12:48 PM

seeing you on stage warmed my heart, a beautiful show, the best i have seen at the wellmont

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 12:52 PM

God he look like Bruce Campbell

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 1:37 PM

Lerve: I Has It?

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Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 1:45 PM

Red Cortez opened this show...was quite impressed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 2:35 PM

Just got tix for Bowery. Maybe some more left.

Posted by cr | March 21, 2009 2:37 PM

whats up with Morrissey's italian gino look?

Posted by poor school | March 21, 2009 4:22 PM

Anyone know set times for tonight's show?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 6:12 PM

was anybody else disappointed by the second half of the wellmont show? i know i was

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 7:00 PM

A disappointed BV commenter? NO FREAKING WAY

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 9:25 PM

'whats up with Morrissey's italian gino look? '

That's not a 'gino look'. It's the Moz-a-billy style he's been working since Your Arsenal.

That said: what? no Glamorous Glue? Glad I didn't bother.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 9:32 PM

I love love love love Moz, great pics!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 9:58 PM

any pics, setlist, or info on the bowery show?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2009 11:28 AM

bowery??

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2009 4:22 PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2009 4:43 PM

OMG!!!! The underground Morrissey fansite (http://poobutton.com/) is saying that Ladyhawke and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are performing "cameo" sets at the Webster Hall show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2009 5:12 PM

He played "I Keep Mine Hidden", the last B-side The Smiths ever released!!!

Fucking wow. I'm totally impressed.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | March 22, 2009 8:08 PM

lol to the poobutton

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2009 8:30 PM

Wow great pic with the heart shaped sweat spot! Has anybody heard what set list he played or know if there is any videos of the venues available anywhere?

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