Morrissey loves Pomona. Pomona worships Morrissey. The atmosphere was electric inside the Fox Theater as Morrissey closed out his swing of Southern California dates. From the moment Morrissey and his band appeared on stage, the crowd roared and applauded voraciously. Sensing such an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd, Morrissey soaked up the adoration and turned in a spirited performance.
Compared to both the Henry Fonda and Shrine shows last week, "I Want The One I Can't Have" had Morrissey acting out and subtly modifying the lyrics indicating that he was in a good mood. Mockingly knocking himself out, "You Have Killed Me" melted beautifully into "You're The One For Me, Fatty."
A sample of a chainsaw kicked off "Speedway" as long time guitarist Boz Boorer used an E-Bow to drag out the sustaining notes on his guitar. Unreleased new song "Action Is My Middle Name" blended in perfectly with songs from Morrissey's catalog with its bouncy piano notes. Turning to a more morose tone, "Maladjusted" delved in the dark side with the lights appropriately altered to a deep red to set the mood.
Tipping his hand prior to his appearance on Conan O'Brien tomorrow, Morrissey stated that if by some twist of fate he was alive in the morning that the world would hear "People Are The Same Everywhere" on the show. Another classic quip was after covering Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love," Morrissey asked the crowd if they were booing or "Louing."
Crowd surfers turned into willful stage invaders during the encore of "Still Ill" as a number of people made it onstage for a change to hug Morrissey. Ceremonially taking off his shirt and throwing it into the crowd only amplified the intensity of the evening as people wrestled for the shirt when the band exited the stage. Pomona will most likely appear once more on Morrissey's list of favorite shows.
Kristeen Young has a tough job. Opening for Morrissey may be the toughest act in the business with the exception to only that of Slayer. The neurotic psychotic slamming of her piano keys for "Depression Context" is a textbook example of how to channel dissonance into a haunting piece.
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