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Dublin, Ireland (Dec. 2, 1999)

An 'evening' nostalgic television show

Posted By: rossie
Date: Friday, Dec. 3 1999, at 10:10 a.m.

Well after all the confusion over tickets and venues we finally found our way into the Olympia even managing to get a wristband for the enclosure and with plenty of time for a few drinks. Sitting in the bar the mix of people at a Morrissey gig never ceases to amaze, from the die hards with quiff intact to the old and gray the mans appeal knows no bounds. 'Sack' the support band put in a fine effort, when they finish the atmosphere begins to change in anticipation of the main man.
At 9.45 to the strains of the drum roll intro to 'The Operation' Morrissey leads his troops out to battle, looking remarkably fit and healthy and with the unmistakable voice sounding as good as ever Morrissey eases into the set with a few from his more recent albums, changing lirics at will and reminding us of where he is really from with his knowledge of inner Dublin he seems in good spirits but alas I think some of the old magic has been lost, soaked up by the Calafornia sun is my bet. Introducing Roy's Keen as a song with no meaning and basically taking the piss out of it by wearing an Irish football jersey and changing the words to 'you've never seen a keener 'midfielder', the sad thing is we all know he is capable of so much better if he would only make the effort. the show tumbled along with the crowd strangely lost at sea for long periods, the highlight was not the Smiths songs as I would have expected, these were sadly treated to the same lazy style as the rest of the material, the highlight instead was Morrissey doing as he does best using his voice to protray a message in 'Now my heart is Full'. The encore of 'Last Night.........' was cut short by Morrissey's goodbyes to the throngs and him taking leave of the stage to leave the 3 stooges a minute or 2 in the limelight, the fact that absolutely nobody came to see them we were left with this as the final image of what was for me a disappointing show in a way summed up the night,
'To be finished would be a relief' he sings in The Teachers are afraid of the pupils' maybe the 40 year old Moz should embrace his relief,
I'll leave you with one small question a variation of the big question in 'Meat is Murder'

Do you care how a pop star dies?

I do, and maybe its time for Moz to sail off into the sunset (in LA)

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