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Morrissey played Hollywood Bowl on Morrissey Day in LA (setlist, pics, video)

“Los Angeles embraces individuality, compassion, and creativity, and Morrissey expresses those values in a way that moves Angelenos of all ages,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Wednesday. “Morrissey Day celebrates an artist whose music has captivated and inspired generations of people who may not always fit in — because they were born to stand out.”

In the same statement, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said that the former singer for the Smiths “continues to touch and uplift countless people across the globe. Morrissey uses his voice to raise awareness for many social issues while ‘in his own strange way,’ always staying true to his fans.” – [The LA Times]

November 10 was officially declared “Morrissey Day” in Los Angeles, which also marked the first of two consecutive shows Morrissey was playing at Hollywood Bowl with Billy Idol as part of his tour. His hometown of many years, L.A. really does love the former Smiths frontman and when he sang “We look to Los Angeles” in the third song of the night, “Glamorous Glue,” you can bet the crowd roared. He played seven of 12 songs from his forthcoming album Low in High School, and thought he didn’t play “Who Will Protect You From the Police” from it, the band were all wearing t-shirts emblazoned with that phrase. It was clearly warmer than it was in Paso Robles a few days before.

He opened Friday’s show with an Elvis Presley cover (“You’ll be Gone”) and also covered The Pretenders’ “Back on the Chain Gang.” As for Smiths’ songs, he played “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” from Strangeways Here We Come (which he’s playing for the first time ever on this tour), “How Soon is Now,” the ever-present “Meat is Murder,” and finished the night with “Shoplifters of the World, Unite.” He also played “Suedehead” and “Everyday is Like Sunday” from his solo debut, and a few ’90s era songs like “Speedway” and “Jack the Ripper.” Setlist and a few Instagram videos from the show are below, and pictures from the Morrissey Day ceremony are in the gallery above.

While Morrissey is somewhat recalcitrant when it comes to giving fans what they want, Billy Idol‘s opening set was pretty much all hits, including “Eyes Without a Face,” “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Rock the Cradle of Love,” “Dancing With Myself” and more. Check out his setlist and a few videos, below.

Morrissey and Billy play Hollywood Bowl again tonight (11/11), and Moz’s North American tour hits NYC at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on December 2 (tickets).

Busting missions for this dude since '99 #morrissey

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Suedehead delivers! @officialmoz #thesmiths #morrissey #hollywoodbowl

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Those were the happiest days of my life #Morrissey #backonthechaingang

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Bye bye Thatcher.

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SETLIST: Morrissey @ Hollywood Bowl 11/10/2017
You’ll Be Gone (Elvis Presley)
I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish (The Smiths)
Glamorous Glue
I Wish You Lonely
Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
Kiss Me a Lot
When You Open Your Legs
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
Spent the Day in Bed
The Bullfighter Dies
Jack the Ripper
Home Is a Question Mark
My Love, I’d Do Anything for You
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders cover)
All the Young People Must Fall in Love
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Meat Is Murder (The Smiths)
Everyday Is Like Sunday

Shoplifters of the World Unite (The Smiths)


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SETLIST: Billy Idol @ Hollywood Bowl 11/10/2017
Shock to the System
Dancing With Myself
Flesh for Fantasy
Eyes Without a Face
King Rocker
Blue Highway
Rebel Yell
White Wedding

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