Leaning eagerly over the top balcony watching a Morrissey made montage of The New York Dolls and Lou Reed me and the other quiffed slogan wearing devotees gathered quickly as if waiting for the church doors to open on Christmas morning. And then, in front of numerous dragon statues and over excited vegetarians, there was Morrissey. Not only there but there in a transparent sequined shirt. Singing Panic.
"Hello Middlesborough, do you think I'm a bit overdressed for The Hairy Lemon?" It's fair to say no-one really minded his recent continuously unusual choices of clothing, especially when 'Your the one for me fatty' was followed by Shoplifters of the World Unite. Me and the man who frequently disobeyed security orders and stood in the middle of the stairs until they gave in and let him stay, were so joyous I felt like embracing him. The entire set list was so special that even when Morrissey danced of stage during a power cut I was so happy after Everyday is like Sunday I wouldn't even have minded if he didn't come back. Thank Lord he did though cause that resulted in 'You Have Killed Me' and although sang in a shirt that resembled a maid's pinny I KNOW IT'S OVER was faultless and beautiful and during 'tonight is just like any other night, that's why your on your own' it was difficult to try not to cry at how much emotion and honesty and relate-ability can exist in one man's song writing. Stephen was on top form all night, dancing, chatting, joking and even risking further injury to his dog bite to shake hands with the front row. Meat is Murder was the one though. I hadn't seen anything so impacting and powerful and unforgettable and striking since the gold confetti in 505's 'I CRUMBLE COMPLETELY WHEN YOU CRY'. No other could show a film of slaughter houses and dairy chains while singing 'Kill. Eat. Murder' and not bring outrage upon themselves. Instead it was chilling and haunting and devastating but incredible. I don't agree with or condone people ramming their ideas so fiercely but the energy of Irish Blood English Heart blew away doubt with just amazement. The chorus was magnificent and drowned the room in sing along followed by the famous Morrissey chant. He returned with a grin saying something that I won't forget too soon "Dear God whatever you do, remember me smiling" And then he sang There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. 'It meant more to me than any other living thing on earth. It had more words than any other living thing on earth.' There's a few more photos here http://bit.ly/qYj2sz x