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morrissey at the forum, 2002-10-16

Well. It was good, though having not been to a gig this size in years, I felt a bit distant, standing somewhere in the middle of the hall, on sticky carpet (even pub gigs don't seem to have carpet that bad, these days) with my beer in a plastic cup. The Anyones seemed a bit out of place as a support act, and had a pretty tough job placating the ravenous hordes who wanted the main act Right Now...

The set-list seemed pretty much the same as what I'd heard about - open with a Smiths song (I want the one I can't have), and close with another (There is a light that never goes out). Somewhere in between he did Meat is Murder, bathed in blood-red stage lights the whole way through the song. On Jack the Ripper (which has always been a great live track compared to the fairly limp studio version), the stage was flooded in sickly green, just to help things along. I hadn't heard Hairdresser on Fire in years, and in fact, I don't think I've even thought about it in years, so it was nice to hear that again. Somebody screamed out "play something different from the playlist !" but I don't think they took the advice, unfortunately. Personally I would've loved to hear The Last of the Famous International Playboys, or maybe even Seasick, Yet Still Docked, but I was happy enough hearing Jack the Ripper. The new songs were pretty good, too (I'd had a quick preview of two of them on the weekend, courtesy of my sister). As for scoring at a Moz gig and such, well, I didn't even stand with my friends during the gig (sorry guys) 'cause it's more of a personal thing - you can't easily share this kind of stuff with someone...or at least, I can't. There were plenty of canoodling couples nearby, though. I don't know how it works.

I didn't take my camera, but acb took some photos, which you can go and look at instead.

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