• Chicago, IL - Congress Theater (Dec. 17, 2011) post-show

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    Set List:

    I Want The One I Can't Have / You Have Killed Me / You're The One For Me, Fatty / When Last I Spoke To Carol / There Is A Light That Never Goes Out / Everyday Is Like Sunday / Maladjusted / First Of The Gang To Die / People Are The Same Everywhere / Speedway / All The Lazy Dykes / Satellite Of Love / Meat Is Murder / Ouija Board, Ouija Board / Scandinavia / I Know It's Over / Let Me Kiss You // Still Ill

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    1. madisonman's Avatar
      madisonman -
      Could not believe the amount of people talking. By the time "I know it's over" was being played, I was so annoyed I just wanted to leave. If you do not shut up during that song you are not ever going to. I have not seen this happen at the Eagle's Ballroom in Milwaukee or other venues. I guess people are not the same everywhere.

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    1. Thomas Carmody's Avatar
      Thomas Carmody -
      Quote Originally Posted by NIKOLAI View Post
      I was certain going to the show, it would be my last, as I just had a feeling."Let Me Die in Peace" was heard by him a couple times during the show between songs. Unsure what this may have meant exactly, unless I'm missing something."Life is but a Moment..." as intro. to I Know It's Over. Wept openly singing along to this, between taking pics and noticing a very attractive latin couple mashing lips right in front of me, which brought the pathos to the song too close to home as a solo attendee. I really can die in peace. I was "in the moment" having wanted to hear in person There is A Light, moved and ecstatic, voice shaky in singing, then Everyday is Like Sunday. Just taken over.... I knew I Know It's Over was the only one left I truly wanted or expected to hear last night, and he did not disappoint. I had wanted to hear these songs every since I saw him in Denver in 1990 for the first time as a 21 year old from a small town in Iowa. Yes, I can die in peace.My 3rd show, maybe it will last.Absolutely no other pop star fictional or otherwise has had such an influence in my life. I look forward to him not being wan and Wildean in his autobiography next year. I've been disappointed before and it really doesn't seem he truly wants to be known sometimes. I really do wish he would have yelled at the security at the end of the show. I was so moved and vulnerable after I Know It's Over and so taken with his "fantastic" response to the crowd that the hostility just shook me to the core, and was confused that he or anyone did anything to stop it or that I haven't heard anything being done in defense. I have seen so many videos, and still remember the first show being absolutely more rabid in fan's reaching him and the stage but security not being SO HOSTILE! I was truly hoping, and still do hope to hear something in the couple of young men's defense. But, why spoil a wonderful evening by officious acting officious, and the determined loved ones being kneed in the back and taken down like a man with a weapon?The more brash were heard as I walked back to my car, laughing about this. I was too shaken, and just could not understand how this brutality could be dismissed by Morrissey or anyone. My eye was on a young man that was taken down stage left in back. Still shaken, and yes still moved by the love and moxy and passion of Morrissey for us last night. A truly absurd ending though. If you can hear me.
      That was me Nikolai..I hear you. I was surprised also. I wasn't going to kill him or hurt him I just needed to share some sort of moment with him 1 on 1, whether it was a kiss, a hug, a shake of the hand... anything would have sufficed. I drove 15 hours from Philadelphia to see him and I did not want to go home without something to remember. I barely made it to Moz, and right when our hands were about to meet; I was tackled, choked, and stomped on by 4 men twice my size.

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Not sure of order, but to the best of my ability:

      I want the one I can't have
      You have killed me
      You're the one for me fatty
      when last I spoke to carol
      everyday is like sunday
      there is a light that never goes out
      First of the gang to die
      maladjusted
      speedway
      Scandinavia
      people are the same everywhere
      meat is murder
      ouija board, ouija board
      all the lazy dykes
      satellite of love
      i know it's over
      let me kiss you (jesse's guitar conked out for most of it)

      encore
      still ill

      Morrissey very chatty. Introduced band with "if you had a very large bowl and spoon, you could scoop up... Boz boorer (to which Boz gave a very arch facial gesture), solomon walker, matt walker, etc etc. Made reference to America's design on bombing Iran and the apparent pointlessness of American Presidents before opening into "People are the same everywhere." Changed lots of lyrics - Meat is Murder had "Eat! Kill! Eat! Kill! Murder!" and "Open your fat mouth!" With reference to the postponed show, he said "Where have you been? I've been waiting here for 6 weeks for you!" Gave glowing description of Lou Reed before Satellite of Love, something about being "unlike presidents, a real American worth celebrating" and ended with "If you don't know who wrote that song, you should go home." Also, before There is a Light, said "I feel very compelled to tell you something."

      About fifteen stage invasions, madness as a tide of people rushed behind us and Morrissey was bundled up off stage by security not to return during Still Ill. One lucky fellow got on stage and hugged Morrissey, before appropriately putting his hands up in the air as he stepped off. Saw loads of people fly over the railing legs in the air never to return. Police were on hand as security, and one officer looked like he was about to crap his pants when the stage invasions began. He breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the show. Loads of flowers flung at Morrissey, one which either did or almost grazed his head. He gave a kind of awkward look tinged with menace and for a second I thought he'd walk off like that show all those years ago. I also thought I saw a shoe fly in the direction of the stage. Really excellent show, top form, and the band was great to all the detractors.
      Morrissey mentions Iran often. I wonder what the fascination is? He said he would love to play Tehran in one of the true to you Q&A's. In that interview with the Isreali actor he said he watched Iranian movies. Now he talks about Iran being bombed by America and penis envy. Does anyone know why he's interested?

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Not sure of order, but to the best of my ability:

      I want the one I can't have
      You have killed me
      You're the one for me fatty
      when last I spoke to carol
      everyday is like sunday
      there is a light that never goes out
      First of the gang to die
      maladjusted
      speedway
      Scandinavia
      people are the same everywhere
      meat is murder
      ouija board, ouija board
      all the lazy dykes
      satellite of love
      i know it's over
      let me kiss you (jesse's guitar conked out for most of it)

      encore
      still ill

      Morrissey very chatty. Introduced band with "if you had a very large bowl and spoon, you could scoop up... Boz boorer (to which Boz gave a very arch facial gesture), solomon walker, matt walker, etc etc. Made reference to America's design on bombing Iran and the apparent pointlessness of American Presidents before opening into "People are the same everywhere." Changed lots of lyrics - Meat is Murder had "Eat! Kill! Eat! Kill! Murder!" and "Open your fat mouth!" With reference to the postponed show, he said "Where have you been? I've been waiting here for 6 weeks for you!" Gave glowing description of Lou Reed before Satellite of Love, something about being "unlike presidents, a real American worth celebrating" and ended with "If you don't know who wrote that song, you should go home." Also, before There is a Light, said "I feel very compelled to tell you something."

      About fifteen stage invasions, madness as a tide of people rushed behind us and Morrissey was bundled up off stage by security not to return during Still Ill. One lucky fellow got on stage and hugged Morrissey, before appropriately putting his hands up in the air as he stepped off. Saw loads of people fly over the railing legs in the air never to return. Police were on hand as security, and one officer looked like he was about to crap his pants when the stage invasions began. He breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the show. Loads of flowers flung at Morrissey, one which either did or almost grazed his head. He gave a kind of awkward look tinged with menace and for a second I thought he'd walk off like that show all those years ago. I also thought I saw a shoe fly in the direction of the stage. Really excellent show, top form, and the band was great to all the detractors.
      Does anyone know where Morrissey's fascination with Iran stems from? At the Chicago show he mentioned Iran being bombed by America and it being Penis Envy. A few years ago he said he would love to go to Iran and play some shows. Some other time in that interview with that Isreali actor he said he watched Iranian movies. There are some more examples that I can't remember now. I'm curious to know if anyone has any ideas about this subject. Why Iran?

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    1. MozVegan9's Avatar
      MozVegan9 -
      My friend Ben finally uploaded this video. You can see my leap of faith at 1:03 (red boxers, haha). It's alot closer than the one first posted.

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    1. sandinista's Avatar
      sandinista -
      Hi, I'm new here, went to the Morrissey show in Chicago, was GREAT! Was wondering if someone could post some still photos from the show. I was wishing I brought a camera! Thanks.

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      sandinista -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandinista View Post
      Hi, I'm new here, went to the Morrissey show in Chicago, was GREAT! Was wondering if someone could post some still photos from the show. I was wishing I brought a camera! Thanks.
      I just followed a link above, photos there, awesome!

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    1. Corrissey's Avatar
      Corrissey -
      Thanks, MozVegan/Ben! The video captures the chaos perfectly and your pictures are awesmazing!! Your leap looked painful A for effort!

      Here's a good Chicago Tribune review of the show. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,7151438.story

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Does anyone know what happened towards the middle of the show, when that guy was escorted out of the building? A group of people center-stage were waving frantically and pointing down trying to get the attention of security guard, who then came and roughly took the guy out of a side door.
      He pushed his way to the front like a prick. He was openly drinking from a plastic bottle of Jim Beam during the show and was too drunk/high to even get into the music. Then he started smoking weed and that was the last straw.

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      A big thanks to the Southern Gillbillys who traveled far to attend the concert with me. Good times, great memories!

      Can't wait until the Moz adventure. Until then, stay warm and stay awake.

      Viva Morrissey!

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Thanks to the Southern Gillbillys for going to the show with me.

      Good times! Great memories!

      Onward to Adam Ant in February!

      Viva Morrissey!

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Some guy was EXTREMELY wasted and couldn't stand up anymore. It was good they got him out of there. He was falling all over peeps and not ona good way. Hehe.

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      I saw Moz last year in Milwaukee and he opened with" Welcome to our jamboree of incredibly hostile music". That show was fantastic but yes there sure was rage in his performance that night. In Chicago last weekend I saw the Morrissey I love. He seemed so relaxed, very talkative and really sang extremely well. I was so happy for him when the curtain dropped and the place went crazy, how exciting that must have been for him and the band. There is so much love for this man I hope he enjoyed what poured out for him then. So many songs I never thought I would hear live and Meat is Murder brought tears. Stick to your convictions sir, speak your mind and know you touch many.

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    1. manicboy's Avatar
      manicboy -
      I must say that Moz hasn't been in this good of form in Chicago for a long time. His last 2 shows pale in comparison to this one. He was "up" for it and the crowd responded well. There was, of course, some strange selections (All the Lazy Dykes, Speedway, & Maladjusted) but the crowd didn't seem to care and neither did I. The Smiths songs were well chosen and nestled nicely into his setlist. "I Know it's over" was a gift to hear as many fans have longed for years to hear this live and Moz did not disappoint with his performance or "being" as he likes it to be called. "Meat is Murder" packed a brutal and bloody punch, giving carnivores much pause for thought. "Still Ill" ended the show on a very high note with Moz being carted off by security before the adoring audience swallowed him whole. Poignant, sincere and touching was the ending to a great show. Moz was chatty as ever, calling Lou Reed a "great American", blaming America's perceived threat of Iran to "penis envy" and telling us that Bugsy Siegal had watched a performance by James Cagney at the Congress many years ago (the first of the original gangsters to perform?) I like Kristeen Young and find her very talented and intriguing, but she really needs to find her Johnny Marr or she faces a life of continued obscurity and "unfantastic" failure. Going nowhere fast.

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    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Did anyone else notice Morrissey getting emotional during 'There is a Light' and wiping his eyes?

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    1. NIKOLAI's Avatar
      NIKOLAI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Carmody View Post
      That was me Nikolai..I hear you. I was surprised also. I wasn't going to kill him or hurt him I just needed to share some sort of moment with him 1 on 1, whether it was a kiss, a hug, a shake of the hand... anything would have sufficed. I drove 15 hours from Philadelphia to see him and I did not want to go home without something to remember. I barely made it to Moz, and right when our hands were about to meet; I was tackled, choked, and stomped on by 4 men twice my size.
      So, how does it work out that this is "just how it goes"? Are you alright?

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    1. lindsey1151's Avatar
      lindsey1151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrystalGeezer View Post
      Bird's eye view from the light guy.
      I think I see me!

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