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Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night

Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

Morrissey

November 28, 2011
Fox Theater in Pomona

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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.

Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

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."


While Morrissey gets the majority of the attention, his band is an integral component to recreating his songs as multi-instrumentalist Gustavo Manzur used an accordion on "When I Last Spoke To Carol" to flesh out the arrangement. The tongue-in-cheek moment of the evening was spotting the band wearing UCLA t-shirts in possible reference to playing the Shrine during the USC-UCLA game on Saturday or perhaps they were selected to match Morrissey's green shirt.

Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

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.


Amongst the few microphone chord whips, one of Morrissey's quips was how he was "bored shitless" upon visiting the museum of ceramics in Pomona after stating he remembers playing here in 2009 with great fondness. Another new song "Scandinavia" soared with its symphonic strings interwoven with jangling guitars.
 

Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

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."


The highlight of the evening was "Everyday Is Like Sunday" as cellphones appeared en masse and everyone immediately sang along as if Armageddon was about to occur. A shift in tone happened with the brutal imagery of animals being slaughtered during "Meat Is Murder," which closed out their main set. 

Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

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.


Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night
Andrew Youssef

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. 


Personal Bias: There is footage of me on the Craig Kilborn show waiting in line at the Wiltern Theater back in 2002 when Morrissey played five nights.

Random Notebook Dump: You could buy a life-sized cardboard cutout of Morrissey signed for one hundred dollars.

The Crowd: Diehard Morrissey fans with well coiffed hair and lots of black t-shirts. 

Setlist:
"I Want The One I Can't Have"
"You Have Killed Me"
"You're The One For Me, Fatty"
"When I Last Spoke To Carol"
"Black Cloud"
"One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"
"Speedway"
"Action Is My Middle Name"
"Maladjusted"
"Ouija Board, Ouija Board"
"Scandinavia"
"All The Lazy Dykes"
"People Are The Same Everywhere"
"Satellite Of Love"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
"Meat Is Murder"
"Still Ill"

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