Capital FM Arena, Nottingham,
13th March 2015
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before “Meat Is Murder”……..
So after much anticipation the Morrissey gig at the Arena in Nottingham went ahead!
No support act however but a selection of film footage of The Ramones, The New York Dolls and a Visage tribute for Steve Strange, amongst comedy and poignant poetry clips. No doubt the man himself had selected such fine footage.
The crowd went wild of course when the man himself came on stage and he launched straight into The Queen is Dead (with an image of the lady herself with a superimposed middle finger pointing upwards, featured behind the drummer.)
With Suedehead the fans joined in, and Morrissey’s voice sounding great. Staircase at the University and World Peace is None of Your business both taken from the most recent said album, proof that Mozza has the flair to still write such poignant lyrics.
Smiler With Knife was just stunning, Mozza’s voice need no lip sync or special effect, just an amazing backing band of session musicians, from the USA, Mexico and he joked from the Rose and Crown (somewhere in the UK I couldn’t hear).
Neal Cassady Drops Dead was stunning, and Everyday Is Like Sunday sang at his best along with his fans wonderful atmosphere.
If you walked into that gig though a meat eater, no doubt some of his fans will have come away completely vegetarian, the footage that was shown for Meat Is Murder was upsetting, shocking, but most definitely getting the point across. References to KFC and McDonalds were made by Morrissey. Some people were quite visibly shocked but isn’t that Morrissey, he’s like Marmite you either love him or loathe him, for being so outspoken and also his views of the world.
The Bullfighter Dies always seems quite a jolly tune to me, and tonight was no exception! Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before always full of energy and got the fans absolutely buzzing!
I personally like artists such as Morrissey because they don’t take on the bullshit that people try to feed them, and keep going with their highly political views and spout outs….The album “World Peace Is None of Your Business” in my opinion is one of his best works.
Overall the gig was excellent but there was a little lack lustre there, maybe because he was tired and still unwell. He left the stage abruptly after just one song at the encore, and threw his shirt to one excited fan and to be fair he looks still in good shape considering what he has been through over the last year…. Respect to a man who always leave his fans in wonderment…always wanting more!!!
- The Queen Is Dead
- Staircase at the University
- World Peace is None of Your Business
- Kiss Me a Lot
- Neal Cassady Drops Dead
- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
- One of Our Own
- Smiler With Knife
- What She Said
- Everyday Is Like Sunday
- I’m Not A Man
- Kick The Bride Down The Aisle
- Meat Is Murder
- The Bullfighter Dies
- People Are The Same Everywhere
- Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
All words by Helena Hughes. More writing by Helena on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive.