Posted in music | pictures on November 16, 2011

words & photos by Tim Griffin

Morrissey @ Bass Concert Hall
Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

After a bumpy start (visa issues caused the the 11/10 Chicago show to be postponed), Morrissey began his North American tour in San Antonio, TX on Monday, and played the Bass Concert Hall in Austin the following night, last night, 11/15. He performed a mix of songs from The Smiths, as well as many from his solo career, to a full house at the Austin show. You can take a peak at the full setlist at the bottom of this post.

Kristeen Young, who has made amends with Morrissey since their previous tour which didn't go so well, opened the show with a short set.

Morrissey (with a bandaged right index finger due to his unfortunate encounter with a dog) opened with The Smiths' "I Want the One I Can't Have", setting the tone for the night. 26 years have passed since since its original release (1985), but it didn't show as Moz flexed his vocal prowess and delivered flawlessly.

His band (the bass drum was labeled 'ART HOUNDS') all wore matching Money t-shirts, and is the same lineup we've seen on previous tours: Boz Boorer, Solomon Walker, Matt Walker, Jesse Tobias, and Gustavo Manzur. Both Tobias and Manzur are from Austin.

Highlights included the between-song banter, as well as the alternative lyrics for Meat Is Murder: "Kill. Eat. Murder." After "I Know It's Over", a short break brought Morrissey back on stage with the band (and a changed shirt) for the finale, "Still Ill". The shirt was then thrown into the crowd, devoured, and never seen again.

Here are some Morrissey quotes from the show:

"I heard somebody laughing. It was me."
"To look at me you wouldn't really think it, but I'm much younger than that. You wouldn't really think it but action is my middle name."
"You may be very surprised to hear I have long horns of my own."
"I am one for whom there is no name."
"Do you have any comments? Well wait til you're asked!"
"Are you ready for a new president? Are you? I think most people in the hall are not ready for a new president. This is because the options are so bloody awful. Maybe the age of the president its dead."
"For God's sake whatever happens: Keep Austin Weird."
The tour continues on 11/17 in Dallas. All tour dates, the full setlist, and more picture from the Austin show, below...

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Kristeen Young

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Kristeen Young at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey at Bass Concert Hall 11/15/2011

Morrissey setlist
1. I Want The One I Can't Have (Smiths)
2. You Have Killed Me
3. You're The One For Me, Fatty
4. Black Cloud
5. The Kid's A Looker
6. Malajusted
7. First Of The Gang To Die
8. Action Is My Middle Name
9. Ouija Board
10. Meat Is Murder (Smiths)
11. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
12. Everyday Is Like Sunday
13. Speedway
14. All The Lazy Dykes
15. Satellite Of Love (Lou Reed cover)
16. Scandinavia
17. I Know It's Over (Smiths)
encore (complete with shirt removal and throw to the audience):
18. Still Ill (Smiths)

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US and Mexico 2011 tour dates:
11/17 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/19 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Center
11/20 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theater
11/22 Escondido, CA Center for the Arts
11/25 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan
11/26 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium
11/28 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
12/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
12/05 Monterrey, Mexico Arena
12/07 Mexico City, Mexico Plaza Condesa
12/08 Mexico City, Mexico Plaza Condesa
12/10 Puebla, Mexico Siglo XX1
12/12 Guadalajara, Mexico Diana
12/13 Guadalajara, Mexico Diana
12/17 Chicago, IL Congress Theater (Rescheduled from 11/10)

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Comments (50)

didn't he get bit by a dog like three months ago??? why is his finger still bandaged

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 8:52 AM

I will say this..he changes his setlist oftent and puts in different Smiths songs...goog job MOZ!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 8:55 AM

Austin at its worst

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 8:56 AM

Nice pics though Tim

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 8:58 AM

Gotta say this for Morrissey, the more you ignore him, the closer he gets.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:05 AM

855 here... I meant good job Moz!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:17 AM

yeah, no one answer my bandage question. thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:21 AM

We hate it when our friends become successful.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:23 AM

The songs that saved my life

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:31 AM

Still Ill! awesome song.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:51 AM

And if anyone decides to post about hummus, let me just say, "that joke isn't funny anymore."

Posted by Dan | November 16, 2011 9:53 AM

What a tosser

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:54 AM

BANDAGE!!!! WHY????

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 9:55 AM

Asexualism rocks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:00 AM

I cannot believe he took KristeenYoung out after that shit from a few years ago. Glad they patched things up.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:01 AM

The Pope of Mope!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:05 AM

For trivia's sake: his comment was "...Longhorns of my own" in reference to the two Austin members in the band (a reference to the University of TX Longhorns ...blech.) Secondly, Art Hounds is a new song he's played on the road, you can find a bootleg of it out there on the internerd. Bummer about a one song encore, but a great time had by all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:09 AM

Morrisey is officially.......


weird.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:17 AM

does anyone know why he still has a bandage on his finger even though he got bit two months ago?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:38 AM

looking more like a cheesy hairdresser.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:49 AM

that is a pretty good setlist, all in all

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 10:58 AM

Smiths reunion...it will happen...someday.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 11:09 AM

^ Never say never, but don't hold your breath either.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 11:22 AM

Once again, i would like to clearly state that nobody here makes hummus "jokes". All of our sentiments about our beloved tan paste are not intended for comedic purposes. We are simply a group of phyto-nutrient enthusiasts who utilize the BV comment board as our platform of communication. Does anyone have a favorite recipe to share?

Posted by anonhummus | November 16, 2011 11:41 AM

Quick question - why does he still have a bandage on his finger if he was bit by a dog TWO MONTHS AGO?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 11:45 AM

^ Give it some more time for people to answer, 10:38.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 12:03 PM

time is money.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 12:16 PM

are the gong and concert bass drum props or does the guy really use them?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 12:40 PM

Because the wound hasn't fully healed. I'm sure somebody over at morrisey-solo has found a way to access his medical records if you need to know so bad.

Nice set list, he really does change up the songs he plays. I saw him at one of the Hammerstein shows a few years ago and it was stupendous, then saw him at Carnegie like 2 years ago (?) and not so good, though he did play seasick yet still docked, a classic. He also brought a baby out on stage with him. I don't know why.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 12:46 PM

are those pictures of that lesbo kd lang?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 12:56 PM

Doody

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 1:25 PM

SPEEDWAY.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 1:26 PM

How did MOZ allow her on stage with a LEATHER COAT?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 1:30 PM

Pleather?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:01 PM

I like this guy, he hates radiohead as much as I do.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:03 PM

speedway!!! fucking awesome. vauxhall & I never gets enough play live

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:20 PM

11:45/10:38/orwhatever: Now you can go about your day!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 2:23 PM

Amy? Are you still with us?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:10 PM

euro trash hair dresser or not, I'd STILL have wild M2M sex with him

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 3:38 PM

why would someone have a bandage on his or her finger?
Probably because whatever the fv2k it covers is healing. 2+2 = ?

Posted by nood | November 16, 2011 11:50 PM

Wow, when was the last time he played Ouija Board in the States? I thought he never played that song live.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 9:12 AM

"Maladjusted"? crazy! I didn't think even Morrissey had a case to make for that one.

I hope he never stops doing "First of the Gang to Die"-that one can hold its own with anything his former band ever did.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2011 6:01 PM

East or bust.

Posted by Rike | November 21, 2011 5:31 PM

Hope this setlist change a bit when playing at Guadalajara. I'm waiting for "How Soon Is Now?", "Let Me Kiss You", "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and "Irish Blood, English Heart".

Posted by Jorge GarcĂ­a | November 28, 2011 4:29 PM

Some great shots here. Nice to see Morrisey is still going strong...big fan here!

Posted by hampers | November 29, 2011 2:36 PM

The queen is dead, boys

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 8:48 AM

I am on hunger strike for ATP 2012 curated by The Smiths (reunited).

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2011 11:15 PM

Viva Pizza Hut

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:11 PM

many great singers that are probably amazing live.

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 6:53 PM

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