Tulsa, OK - Nov. 04, 1997
Brady Theater (capacity: 2500)
|Summary by Clay
Well, after five and a half years of waiting, I finally saw my first Morrissey show. I was not let down. The venue, The Brady Theater, was perfect for the style of show. There was about 20 feet of space to stand and the rest was seating and a balcony. The acoustics in the "old lady at the Brady" are renowned so the sound was perfect. The Smoking Popes played to a quiet, small crowd. They played quite well, but the they knew their place. Once they left, the familiar Morrissey soccer style chant began. The smoke and "Operation" drum solo began at 9:19. The crowd erupted and floor surged forward. After what seemed like eternity Morrissey took the stage. Countless flowers flew towards him as he almost immediately began "Boy Racer." He looked incredible. After Vauxhall and I, I thought that he was losing style and hair, but gaining weight. This is simply not true. He was wearing plaid slacks and an off white shirt. He was very vibrant and extremely sexual. The microphone was definitely a phallic object. Anyway, he taunted the crowd through the first half of the show by daring us to come on stage. He gratefully accepted tossed flowers all evening. He threw one flower back at the crowd, and unbelievably I caught it.
Surprisingly he didnt talk any "trash to the audience." In fact he didnt say much at all. After the first song he announced that "Were a little band from Tulsa and were not that good." He later refuted this, "were actually not from Tulsa, were from Galveston." Maybe this is some hint that he may hit Texas after all. Anyway, he only played two Smiths songs, "Shoplifters" and "Paint a Vulgar Picture." The less than sell out crowd responded well to these. It wasnt until halfway into the show, that someone made it on stage. She was actually helped by Moz and the security guards on stage. About three others made it to the promised land after her. There was one instance where Morrissey tried to pull a fan on stage and security rejected the effort. Overall security was pretty laid back, they were not brutish at all. Later in the concert before "Paint a Vulgar Picture," Moz stated (forgive me if I get the name wrong) "As you know were touring for (Glen Campbell?) and we thought we might play one of his songs." The show was incredible. As a first timer, I was impressed at how much charisma the ole Mozzer has on stage. He played the crowd very well, so well, in fact that the three non-Morrissey fans I brought stated that it was the best concert theyd ever seen. My only regrets are I didnt bring a camera or tape recorder, and I cant live that hour and fifteen minutes over again.
Summary by Avi Goldenberg
last modified: 16 Nov 1997 10:48 PM
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