|Summary by John M.
after "Boy Racer": "We are Fleetwood Mac." (also in town)
after "London": "You should have gone to Jane's Addiction... they have SO
MUCH to say!" (also in town)
midpoint: "I'm sorry, but I can't hear very well tonight... not that I'm deaf or
before encore: "I want you to close your eyes... close your eyes for a few minutes...
just close your eyes, and imagine... I... am... Stevie... Nicks."
At one point, Boz seemed to have trouble with his guitar while Morrissey was having
difficulties with his earpiece -- while Boorer's back was turned to the audience (he
seemed to be repairing a string maybe), Morrissey began chanting, "Boz! Boz! Boz!
Boz!", and several times he tapped his ear, as if he was having hearing problems.
Summary by Todd Caras
The Morrissey show was outstanding, better than the "Your Arsenal" show. The
audience was great because most people came from other cities. Along with the usual
"older people" there were a lot of kids there and they really were properly
educated. Morrissey looked great, but what's with the gold chains? The Fox Theater is the
perfect environment for his show, it is classy and beautiful as well as perfect for sound.
Security was very nice despite the three or four that wrapped around him.
I must say that a Morrissey show is one in which I would rather not have front row, we did
get a little trampled on at times... which is good because we will complain the day it
doesn't happen. He was funny last night as well. After "Boy Racer" he said,
"Hello, we are Fleetwood Mac" and then laughed. After "Why Don't You Find
Out For Yourself" he said, "You should of all really gone and seen Jane's
Addiction, I mean, they have so much to say." Then, right before the encore,
"Okay, I want everyone to close all of your eyes, come on on, close your eyes... and
pretend that I am Stevie Nicks!"
Summary by Matt Brooks
The Fox Theatre wasn't quite sold out, but it was an incredible place for a Morrissey
concert: a mock-Middle-Eastern art deco beauty of a building with a ceiling of glittering
stars. The orchestra pit had five rows of seats in it, but it was clear from the outset
that the audience wasn't going to respect ticket numbers. The security had absolutely no
idea what they were in for! As soon as the lights went down, people rushed forward,
climbing over the knee-height pit barrier, and standing on the seats.
Morrissey looked amazing - muscular, yet lithe and graceful. I was right near the
speakers, so it all sounded quite distorted to me, but I'm assured by others further back
that it was all in tune! He performed THREE Smiths songs - "London," "Paint
A Vulgar Picture" and a blistering "Shoplifters." Stage invasions were
sporadic, although spectacular, until the "Shoplifters" finale, when (at a
guess) ten or fifteen people got up on the stage and clambered all over Morrissey.
At this point I had my head resting against the speaker (I'm deaf now), and my hands on
the stage, but there was a guard right next to me, so I don't think I'd have gotten very
far. "Ambitious Outsiders" was sadly absent. but he more than made up for it
with an extra-fierce "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" - the highlight of
the show, in my opinion.
This was an EXCELLENT show - even the two non-Morrissey fans I bought tickets for said it
was the best show they had ever seen! Funniest moment of the night: a fan holding up a
"Vote Bill Campbell for Mayor" placard in front of Morrissey (we have the
mayoral election soon), and Morrissey's subsequent look of complete bewilderment! I just
hope it doesn't take him another five years to come back here again ...
Summary by Elaine (Louisiana)
This was my first Morrissey show. I am from Louisiana, so I was waiting for him to come to
Texas. Since that didn't happen, my boyfriend bought us tickets for Atlanta (7 1/2 hours
from here). Definitely worth the drive.
The Smoking Popes were pretty good -- their singer has a really cool voice. The crowd
seemed to tolerate them well. The intermission seemed like it was a decade long. The crew
fiddled with the lights for a long time. Security checked tickets in the pit, as some
people were giving their stubs away to let other people into the pit. Then smoke starts
appearing on the stage. I was in the 3rd row in the pit, and everyone immediately jumped
up and over the wired-together seats. Morrissey didn't come out right then, it was still a
couple of minutes. I was able to stand on my chair long enough to have a great view of him
when he came out. Then security made me get down. Morrissey looked good -- a blue shirt
unbuttoned half-way and some Sans-A-Belt-looking pants. Also a gold necklace and bracelet.
I couldn't see his shoes, I'm too short!
Most of you probably know the set list by now, so I'll skip that. However,
"London" was the second song!!! He had a few things to say--"We're
Fleetwood Mac", "You should have gone to Jane's Addiction, they have so much to
say", "Close your eyes and pretend I'm Stevie Nicks", "Did that sound
okay? Would you tell me if it didn't?", "We're having trouble with the sound,
but that doesn't mean I'm deaf", and probably some more that I just can't remember
There were several stage-climbers, all of which were quickly grabbed by security. During
"Shoplifters", things just got outright brutal. I tried to stand on my seat
again, because I knew security probably wouldn't bother with getting me down so near the
end of the show. However, a girl behind me was sitting on the back of a
chair -- during the encore! When I put my leg up to stand on the chair next to her she
grabbed me and said, "No, you're not!". I didn't bother arguing -- she would
have made me miss the encore. Some drunk guy next to my boyfriend kept screaming, "Go
back to your castle, Steven!"
It was a great show, his voice was fantastic, and I would see him again in a second! If
you haven't been, GO!!
Summary by Mark Consolla
Well, I flew down to Atlanta to see Morrissey with my friend Bill who lives there.
Needless to say, he was not happy because Morrissey only played the two singles from Maladjusted.
I was very happy because I'd had already seen the show in Philadelphia in which most of
the songs from Maladjusted were played. The Smoking Popes came on at 8:00 sharp
(and I mean sharp). They played a great set which included "Imagination" from
Willy Wonka. They played for about 40 minutes. Morrissey came on about 9:15. He was
wearing kakhi pants and a denim shirt. The theater was only about 70% filled. After
"Boy Racer", Morrissey announced, "Hello, we're Fleetwood Mac." The
band seemed a little off. It did seem that Boz's guitar sounded a little too loud and
drowned out the rest of the band. Morrissey did mention that "You should have gone to
see Jane's Addiction," who happened to be playing the same night. The stand up bass
was brought out and at this point I expected to hear "Ambitious Outsiders" (as
that is what they played in Philly). Instead they played "Why Don't You Find..."
(which did not sound very good).
Apparently, Morrissey was having some trouble hearing himself. After the song he said,
"Did that actually sound good? Would you say it didn't if it did?" We all
shouted NOOOOO. Another pleasant surprise was when the string arrangement started playing
for "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils". I about fell out of my seat. Six or
seven people got on stage before the concert ended. Some of them literally diving onto the
stage. The concert was over in the usual hour. Afterwards I ran to the sidewalk to catch a
glimpse of Moz and the band. The band came out pretty soon after the concert and were
ushered onto the bus. It was about 35 degrees out so the crowd started to get sick of
waiting for Moz (but I wasn't going to leave). A car finally pulled up. I recognized
Morrissey's publicist (or something) getting into the car. People across the street
started to scream since they could see him before the rest of us being held around the
corner from the alley which he was coming out of. Once he was in view we all rushed past
the guards. Morrissey was able to get into the car, but not before fans jumped on the
trunk of the car as it drove away. A guard pushed a bunch of people back. The girl behind
me didn't see the curb and tripped into the street. I started to fall on top of her, but
was able to stop myself before I crushed her. All in all I was very pleased (despite my