Morrissey's seven-show Broadway residency kicked off Thursday night (5/2) at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Billed as an "intimate career-retrospective show," it was indeed both those things -- his setlist ranged from the smiths to throughout his 30-year-plus solo career and the venue only holds 1500 -- but the setlist was pretty similar to the Toronto and Montreal shows he just played. That said, the setlist was pretty good, opening with Meat is Murder's "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," and also included Smiths songs "Is it Really So Strange?," "How Soon is Now?," and finished the main set with a combo of "What She Said" and "Rubber Ring."
He also played a lot of early-ish solo material, including "Suedehead," "Alma Matters," "Seasick, Still Docked" (which is being played on this tour for the first time in 10 years), "Everyday is Like Sunday," and "Hairdresser on Fire." As for the new covers album, he only played one song: Jobriath's "Morning Starship" though, as he's been doing lately, he also covered The Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang." No, Johnny Marr (who was in town) did not show up.
Check out the setlist and video from night 1 of Morrissey's Broadway residency below. Not played Thursday night, but Moz did The Smiths' "Girl Afraid" for the first time ever as a solo artist in Montreal last week. Maybe we'll get that at Night 2 on Friday. There may be a few tickets left for select shows of his Broadway run, and you can still get tickets to his show with Interpol at Forest Hills Stadium in September.
SETLIST: Morrissey @ Lunt-Fontanne Theater 5/2/2019 (via)
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (The Smiths)
Hairdresser On Fire
Is It Really So Strange? (The Smiths)
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
I Wish You Lonely
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Morning Starship (Jobriath)
If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
The Bullfighter Dies
Trouble Loves Me
Jack the Ripper
Seasick, Yet Still Docked
Everyday Is Like Sunday
What She Said / Rubber Ring (The Smiths)
Let Me Kiss You