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Curitiba, Brazil (Apr. 1, 2000)

Re: "it's a dream to be here" - a review in English!

Posted By: SULU
Date: Sunday, Apr. 2 2000, at 11:31 a.m.

In Response To: "it's a dream to be here" - a review (Fabricio)

> I arrived 8:30 at the Forum and the show would begin at 11:30.
> It was good to arrive so early because I could sat in an
> excelent place, in the balcony, very near the stage. So I could
> see very well what's happening below. People were arriving
> slowly, and when the show began the venue was almost full, even
> it was not a sold out show (the Forum capacity is 4000 people,
> with very few seated places). Most of people in the show was
> around 30 years old, and I could see many gothic ones. I saw
> even a Cure T-shirt!

> So I was waiting seated for the most important show in my whole
> life... I was seated during the entire show, and I even took
> notes! I was nervous, very nervous, and if I am sincere now I'll
> tell you that I'm not in my common state of mind. It's 4:00 am,
> I am no tired at all, I am wearing the Morrissey T-shirt I
> bought there (I bought two pillow cases and two other T-shirts,
> one of them for a friend) and I am hearing Glenn Gould playing
> Bach.

> Let's return to the show: when waiting we heard some Jacqueline
> Du Pré cello musics - marvelous, principally the Bach ones. And
> then began the list before the show. The first song was a punk
> one, Cockney Rejects I think. Wonderful. Then we heard a strange
> sequence of songs, that most of you seems to know. I preferred
> the punk ones...

> Then began the last song of the list, the marvelous one with
> Nico and a great excitation began because people knew the show
> would begin in the sequence. (I liked to see that most of people
> there knew the songs of the setlist; the fact that the show was
> expensive (R$ 40) was good because almost only die hard fans
> went to the show).

> So Morrissey and his musicians came... He was wearing a white
> shirt and his jeans. He said "it's a dream to be here"
> and then began "Hairdresser on fire". Then he said
> something about "dangerous people" and "Reader
> meet author" began. After this song he said something like
> "thank you" and then "Obrigado" (thank you
> in portuguese). The next song played was a very heavy and moving
> version of "Ouija Board". He said something like
> "she has come back" I think about Julia Riley (yes,
> she went to Curitiba). Then came an extraordinary version of
> "Break up the family" - here he changed the lyrics
> from "I am in love for the first time" to "I am
> in love for the last time"... then "It's really so
> strange". After this song it was showed to Morrissey a
> strip from people from Paraguay thanking Morrissey for coming.
> He thanked people, and he said some joke to Alain. The next song
> was "I am hated for loving" and after it there was
> played a very impressive "Trouble loves me" version.
> Then the Gazeta do Povo newspaper (exactly the page where I
> wrote the discography you can see in the main page of
> Morrissey-solo) where showed to Morrissey and he said that one
> page showed to him was good and the other not. "Nice
> picture" he added. He sang "Half a person" and
> people were very excited. The next one was "Meat is
> Murder" and he asked himself if it was an important song
> before it. The lights during this song were only red - this was
> impressive. Then came "The more you ignore me, the closer I
> get" and the public was thrilled. He changed the lyrics
> from "whether you care or not" to "whether you
> like me or not", and Alain made a great solo. Then
> Morrissey made some jokes probably to Julia Riley saying that he
> would give her his own microphone. "Speedway" were too
> heavy and had some microphonies during it. So he changed the
> T-shirt for the first time, from the white shirt to the
> "English martyrs" one. Then he said "You don't
> know this, I do" and came a very different "Lost"
> version (and Alain played harmonica!). The next song was a very
> heavy version of "Billy Budd" and after it a very
> impressive "November spawned a monster". After this
> song it was showed behind the stage a photo of the cover of
> "Dagenham Dave" single with a baloon saying !qué
> desmadre! Then Morrissey jetted his T-shirt to the public, and
> then there was a great fight there to pick it up. His next
> T-shirt was the "West ham boys club". He sang
> "Alma Matters", and he signed one autograph after it.
> A thrilled version of "Now my heart is full" finished
> the setlist before the encore (and he sent his T-shirt again to
> the public, with a new fight there). The last song was
> "Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me". And
> then... "good night, thank you, God bless you".

> He made some signs of the Cross during the show, as I do
> everyday.

> I watched some Morrissey show videos, and what I saw in Curitiba
> was very different: he was smiling, very calm, very pleased. He
> sang with an extraordinary voice, on key all the time. He jetted
> his microphone some times, he danced some times, he shaked lots
> of hands. But I have never saw him so pleased like today, I have
> never saw him making his movements so slowly, seeming to want to
> explore every single moment in Curitiba. I was a little bit sad
> in the middle of the show because I knew this would finish, but
> as he said today various times before "Billy Budd":
> "be courageous, we didn't finished yet".

Thank you for a great review!

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