|Summary by Adam
First thing Morrissey sees when he walks out is a massive gap between the "pit"
seats and the regular seats (regular seats being held back by a wooden barricade and
security), he says: "I have to say THIS (points) is the silliest thing Ive ever
seen", and we all tumble over. He made reference to the UFaG (University of Florida
at Gaynessville) homecoming, but I honestly cant remember what he said. He asked
"Who was the last band to perform here" (to which he got the response The
Smoking Popes) and then later said "Who was the last ENGLISH band to play here"
The Specials "Mmmm The Specials, ahhh". About 15 people got on stage as there
was NO barricade. The end of the show, someone jumped into the pit with Morrisseys
microphone and made off with it. The police were called, but it wasnt retrieved.
People were pissed. All in all, a very sweaty and energetic show.
Addition by [email protected]
I was at the Gainesville show and my friend stole Morrissey's mic after the encore. He got
all the way out to the parking lot and then this guy we had been talking to, who is
friends with Boz, asked for it back. I'm pretty sure Morrissey got it back...
Summary by Brian
Morrissey played a very crisp set to the half-filled Center for the Performing Arts. The
entire center had reserved seating, and the floor appeared to be sold out. The balconies,
however, were sparsely filled. My seats were in the top balcony, but it quickly became
evident during the Smoking Popes set that I would have to move because the seats
didnt allow for the intimacy you would expect from a small facility.
As a result, the crowd upstairs never got engaged. Downstairs, Morrissey entered after the
rise of fog and the drum introduction from "The Operation." He opened with a
strong performance of "Maladjusted." After the song, he took notice of the
railing separating the floor seats and the stage by about 20 feet. "I think this
looks ridiculous," he said as an invitation for us to jump the rail and move closer.
He then broke into "Alma Matters," shaking hands and popping fists with many of
us against the stage.
A handful 11, I think of fans jumped to stage, touched Morrissey, and then
cooperatively left with security off the stage. I was the last to jump right before
the encore on the right side but quickly leaped back onto the floor when I realized
that Morrissey was coming back in from the left. Security, overall, was protective, but
friendly and not overbearing, and the crowd was particularly civil.
Morrisseys band played intensely, stayed put for the most part, and seemed to have
trouble keeping up with Morrisseys energy level. He was on, and sang very
powerfully, especially during "Spring-Heeled Jim". As in other shows, he changed
the lyrics in "Paint a Vulgar Picture" to "MTV, MTV, MTV...kiss their
ass!," and later replaced the word you with I when singing, "I just havent
earned it yet, baby." He was decked in a black shirt and black pants or jeans and he
remained clothed (unusual, it seems, based on recent reports from other cities).
He came on stage around 9:20 and sang for about an hour. The Smoking Popes played for
about 40 minutes and sounded good as well, but frankly, few cared. Many waited for
Morrissey with flowers and one person attended as a dead ringer for Morrissey from the
"Strangeways" era. I bought a T-shirt, grey with green "Morrissey" and
"Swimming" printed for $22 -- the person selling them said this shirt started as
a crew shirt and they began selling it. Other shirts displaying photos on them and city
listings were also available, and they also sold the new Smoking Popes CD.
Personally, I have waited 13 years to see Morrissey after many attempts to see him. I was
in Orlando on business and therefore missed his show in Kansas City (my hometown) and
drove from Orlando to see him in Gainesville. My wife (much less of a Morrissey fan)
attended with me, encouraged me to move to the stage, and even slapped skin with Mozzer
herself (twice). It was a great night and I am envious of those of you who will see him
perform in the weeks ahead.
Summary by Stephen Riley
Set Duration - 1 Hour including encore.
Moz Attire - All Black
Mozs voice was excellent; all songs sung in perfect key and range. Encouraged crowd
to be close to him. The theatre had an orchestra pit that was about one quarter occupied
during opening song. At end of first song, Moz made a comment about how "stupid"
this arrangement was which served as an invitiation for the seated audience to forge the
wall into the pit. All through show, Moz shook hands, made contact with crowd. About a
dozen or so made it on stage... one at a time. Moz encouraged this and was very
accomodating although he wouldnt allow these visitors to interrupt his singing. At
one point he gestured as though he was going to take a dive into the crowd... but he
didnt. We wished that he would have introduced the band. Moz made a comment or two
between every song but he was a little hard to understand from where we were sitting. I
brought the whole family to the show... the wife, and my two daughters (12 and 14) who are
Moz/Smiths warriors. They were the only kids at the show. They have four of the six slots
in our cars CD player loaded with Moz/Smiths. Anyway, the show was very good and I
am glad we went.
Summary by Neil
The Gainesville concert was an incredible event especially because of all the interaction
between Morrissey and the audience. The Center for Performing Arts seats about 1800 and it
was pretty much full. It was all assigned seating except for a pit area directly in front
of the stage. My girlfriend and I had second row, center seats. After the usual Operation
drum solo and "Boy Racer" opening song, Morrissey pointed to the space
in-between the people in front of the pit and the beginning of the assigned seating and
said "This gap looks awfully silly" and that was enough to cause tons of people
to rush forward. The security were ill prepared to deal with them and eventually gave up
as the pit filled up. They were also ill prepared for the number of people who jumped on
stage during the concert. Id have to guess that at least 30 people made it up to
Morrissey throughout the concert. Almost everyone who tried made it to Morrissey before
being whisked off. Morrissey received alot of flowers and through several of them back,
one of which almost hit my girlfriend. Morrissey was quite witty and at one point said
"This song is even worse... it is called 'Roys Keen'". It was the
University of Florida Homecoming Weekend and he made some kind of comment about
"Shouldnt you all be attending a Homecoming event tonight?" At one point,
Morrissey also seemed to be making shadow puppets on the upper balcony. Overall, the
interaction between Morrissey and the audience really made this concert and he seemed to
feed off the number of people who made it on the stage.
Summary by Julia Henderson
The show was in the Center for the Performing Arts -- not the best venue, with mostly
assigned seating and a little open area right in front of the stage.The Smoking Popes were
a lovely choice for an opener, in my opinion, but of course, most of the crowds
attention was focused on the fact that Morrissey would soon be on stage, and not on the
brilliant Popes. Unsurprisingly, the stage was rushed as soon as Morrissey appeared,
pushing those nearest the stage into the stage (and I have the bruises to prove it!!). The
performance was phenomenal -- I have never, in close to 10 years of concert-going, seen a
more thrilling show. Morrissey still looks good, his voice is still fantastic, and he can
still play the crowd better than anyone else. Most of the material was from Maladjusted,
naturally, but to our delight, he played "Now My Heart is Full", "Paint a
Vulgar Picture", and (one of my favourites) "Speedway", among a few older
others. He seemed good-natured about people rushing him onstage, and even encited it
during "Shoplifters". Almost everyone in the front got a handshake; I personally
had my hand taken three times (!!!!). For what I think will most likely be his last tour,
the end was a bang, not a whisper.
Summary by Heather Lea
I feel sorry for everyone who saw bad versions of Morrisseys tour. The Gainesville
show was worth the 5 hour drive we took. I was expecting to see a poor version of the
Morrissey I love, but was instead swept off my feet by a fabulous performer with that
golden voice. The crowd successfully broke through the low security barriers and even me,
with my row Z ticket got right up to the stage. He seemed to be in good health and
spirits. The many fans that jumped on stage to give friendly hugs and hand shakes were
well received by Morrissey, and they werent treated that badly by the security,
except the guy who took a microphone at the end of the show. The crowd was good, the sound
was great, and Mozs voice sounded as perfect live as the best recording. I had
thought that maybe he was as washed up as Britain seems to think he is, but after this
show, I hope this isnt the last time we see him in the U.S.