photos by Tim Griffin
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].And NY Times said...
"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]
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...
Mar. 16, 2009 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre - setlist (from Asbury Park Press):
"This Charming Man"
"How Soon Is Now"
"Irish Blood, English Heart"
"Let Me Kiss You"
"I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
"How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel"
"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.