Bloomington, IL - Bloomington Center for the Arts (July 11, 2015) post-show

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Setlist:

I Will See You In Far-Off Places / Certain People I Know / Speedway / Suedehead / What She Said / World Peace Is None Of Your Business / Kiss Me A Lot / Alma Matters / Neal Cassady Drops Dead / Ganglord / My Dearest Love / Staircase At The University / One Of Our Own / Kick The Bride Down The Aisle / People Are The Same Everywhere / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / Istanbul / Meat Is Murder // Everyday Is Like Sunday

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Oh god bless him he makes my heart flutter. :love: he has the exact look my pet chicken had after walking in the rain.
He must be the most lovable creature on the earth.

But I want to punch the person in charge of the temperature control. Poor baby the heat must strain him.
 
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Ahahaha, oh my god. Poor sweat drenched thing, how precious can one get.
So envious of everyone who got to see My Dearest Love, would sell a limb.
 
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Attended both the Chicago and Bloomington shows and the energy level of the latter far exceeded the former in spite of the humid venue.

The show in Chicago seemed troubled from the start by muddy sound (too much kick drum and not enough vocals) which got better. However the audio at the Bloomington show was nearly perfect.

Morrissey seemed a bit dazed at times at the Chicago show for some reason and barely spoke to the audience but he more than made up for it at the Bloomington show.

Great hearing 'My Dearest Love' too. Never thought I'd ever witness that live.

The octogenarian ushers and usherettes at the Bloomington show were completely charming if not seemingly out of place.

Spent the night in Bloomington and had a nice homemade vegetarian breakfast at Aleta Jane's Cafe located, of course, on Morrissey Drive.
 
Ahahaha, oh my god. Poor sweat drenched thing, how precious can one get.
So envious of everyone who got to see My Dearest Love, would sell a limb.
I was a great addition to the setlist. Didn't miss the Smiths songs at all. Also, really enjoyed One of Our Own, that should be on WPINOYB.
 
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Morrissey seemed a bit dazed at times at the Chicago show for some reason and barely spoke to the audience but he more than made up for it at the Bloomington show
What do you mean by dazed? Maybe he just had a slight cold or something. There is absolutely no useful footage from the Chicago show.
 
Maybe Boz lost at least 5 pounds.

I think the energy level was so high because everyone was high on Bar B Que sauce. Anonymous-
 
the venue was so tiny i dont think it even had air conditioning. whats moz doing performing in these types of venues?
Cracking the soft underbelly of the midwest. For the record, the venue did have air conditioning but only went on twice by my count during the entire show. If he would've threw the 1st shirt he wore to the crowd, it would've been like a wet towel. It was totally drenched in Moz juice.
 
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Cracking the soft underbelly of the midwest. For the record, the venue did have air conditioning but only went on twice by my count during the entire show. If he would've threw the 1st shirt he wore to the crowd, it would've been like a wet towel. It was totally drenched in Moz juice.
I would have stuffed that shirt in my mouth
 
I started out the night thinking "why have I come?". I'd driven 3 hours from Iowa, in the rain, got lost twice, saw flooding in the fields on the way over (my brothers are farmers - so field flooding is depressing), was fatigued, hot and thirsty and thought it might have been a mistake to come...then Morrissey took the stage, sounding like a million bucks and instantly my thoughts changed to "thank God I came". He sounds great. If you think you know how he sounds because you've listened to CDs or youtube clips, let me tell you how wrong you are. In person his voice is warmer, clearer, more resonant...I don't know how to describe it but the difference is apples and oranges (and I think he sounds fantastic on a CD).

It was incredibly hot/humid. He must be in incredible shape to be able to sing for that long under those circumstances, but I think it was getting to him by the end.

I drove home on some of the same roads Morrissey must be driving to get to St. Paul. It was foggy the entire way. some parts were moderately foggy and some parts were very densely foggy. I should have pulled over. Almost no trucks were driving - they were all parked in rest areas. I would never drive through that again, it was stupid. Hopefully they are not on the road tonight. Tomorrow is supposed to be extremely humid & there is no wind. That fog is not going to lift early. Then there are several construction sites on the interstate, thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow and the possibility of flash flooding...I wonder if Moz will be able to make it to St Paul in a timely fashion. I mean I know he'll be able to make it there by Monday, but it could be a bit of a challenge. It might make more sense to skip St Paul, go directly to Denver and let the golden pipes adjust to the altitude.
We enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing your reflections on this event.

One assumes that Morrissey Inc consult weather reports before planning to tour the ovens of the US Mid-West in July, with particular thought given to the likely effects on vocal chords of moving from arid to humid to arid to humid. Etc. Or perhaps they just go where the promoter tells them there's a wad of dollars.

He should honour his commitment to the prisoners of St Paul and play their boiling cauldron of a city. There will probably be a humanitarian emergency if he cancels. Probably the only thing that has kept the long-suffering denizens of that place sane is the prospect of seeing Morrissey onstage going on about the Queen of England and berating them for eating burgers instead of cheezy paninis. Or whatever it is he's ranting about these days.

best wishes
The Ghost Of BrummieBoy
 
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One assumes that Morrissey Inc consult weather reports before planning to tour the ovens of the US Mid-West in July, with particular thought given to the likely effects on vocal chords of moving from arid to humid to arid to humid. Etc. Or perhaps they just go where the promoter tells them there's a wad of dollars.


The Ghost Of BrummieBoy
Impossible to say really what the weather might be like in the Midwest. Up until a few days ago, in Chicago at least, I was still wearing a jacket most days. The evening of the Chicago show I wore long sleeves to the venue and even with 3500 in attendance it never got remotely warm inside. In Bloomington it had been raining most of the day and the problem was more the humidity and stagnant air than heat.

I think the venue in Bloomington did a terrific job given that they're really not used to hosting an event like Morrissey. Morrissey and band looked a bit worse for wear but I've never heard them sound better.
 
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I was a great addition to the setlist. Didn't miss the Smiths songs at all. Also, really enjoyed One of Our Own, that should be on WPINOYB.
Being one of the ushers for the concert in Bloomington, I would like to say that Morrissey is not exactly a "spring chicken"!
 
Attended both the Chicago and Bloomington shows and the energy level of the latter far exceeded the former in spite of the humid venue.

The show in Chicago seemed troubled from the start by muddy sound (too much kick drum and not enough vocals) which got better. However the audio at the Bloomington show was nearly perfect.

Morrissey seemed a bit dazed at times at the Chicago show for some reason and barely spoke to the audience but he more than made up for it at the Bloomington show.

Great hearing 'My Dearest Love' too. Never thought I'd ever witness that live.

The octogenarian ushers and usherettes at the Bloomington show were completely charming if not seemingly out of place.

Spent the night in Bloomington and had a nice homemade vegetarian breakfast at Aleta Jane's Cafe located, of course, on Morrissey Drive.
I would agree, the Bloomington show was very special and a bit better than Chicago. Moz just seemed more into it.

Random comments - Somebody screams "I LOVE YOU" and Moz quips right back, "I would agree. I'm hellishly attractive and I look great in a bathing suit!" Moz says, "Do you want us to stop?", audience screams "NO!" and he says in an American accent, "Good, 'cause we ain't going anywhere!"

He changed the lyrics of My Dearest Love to end with, "For somebody to NAIL me, Someone to EMAIL me."

He also shook a lot of hands and took a few gifts from the crowd. A small handful even got on stage and there were more brave ladies than lads that did it!

Personally, the show was very special to me as I grew up in an even smaller town 15 miles away from Bloomington and that's where I discovered the Smiths in 1988. I went to school in Bloomington/Normal (ISU) and lived there for a bit after school. It's beyond surreal that Morrissey would even play there as it seemed nobody except me and few select others were Smiths/Morrissey fans. I cannot even begin to describe the despair and sheer hopelessness of growing up in the desolate mid-west. I distinctly recall in 1993 seeing a guy in my Chemistry class wearing a Your Arsenal t-shirt that had part of the lyrics from Certain People I know ("We look at danger and laugh our heads off") on the back. Turns out he had attended the Moz show at Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek outside of Chicago too on the Your Arsenal tour. So there were glimpses of hope of people around but not too much. And Moz singing Certain People I Know on Sat really was a very special moment.
 
Impossible to say really what the weather might be like in the Midwest. Up until a few days ago, in Chicago at least, I was still wearing a jacket most days. The evening of the Chicago show I wore long sleeves to the venue and even with 3500 in attendance it never got remotely warm inside. In Bloomington it had been raining most of the day and the problem was more the humidity and stagnant air than heat.

I think the venue in Bloomington did a terrific job given that they're really not used to hosting an event like Morrissey. Morrissey and band looked a bit worse for wear but I've never heard them sound better.
The weather in the Mid-West follows establish patterns. Providing/requesting appropriate ventilation/cooling for a possible heat-wave is hardly rocket science. But maybe demanding cheese on the backstage rider whilst banning 'meat' for the plebs was more important then ensuring the audience and performers were protected from the heat and humidity.

best
The Ghost Of BB
 
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I'm certain TQID was skipped. He spoke to each mate and they hurriedly switch instruments. Anyone notice?
 
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He also shook a lot of hands and took a few gifts from the crowd. A small handful even got on stage and there were more brave ladies than lads that did it!
That's because the lads got tackled and ejected to the sides; whereas the ladies were handled gently and escorted back to their spots in the front.
 
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I'm certain TQID was skipped. He spoke to each mate and they hurriedly switch instruments. Anyone notice?
I did notice that he spoke to the band when they came out, and that the 'bow' at the beginning was kinda sloppy...but thought that maybe it had something to do with the late start.
 
That's because the lads got tackled and ejected to the sides; whereas the ladies were handled gently and escorted back to their spots in the front.
Oh, so they've finally realised women have a harder time taking the full body slam than men? Good to hear.
 
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I did notice that he spoke to the band when they came out, and that the 'bow' at the beginning was kinda sloppy...but thought that maybe it had something to do with the late start.
I witnessed this between songs.
 

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