MORRISSEY – Live at Carisport, Cesena 8th October 2015

Give that man a hand

In my last post I was scathing about Morrissey’s debut novel, List Of The Lost, but I’m happy to report that his ‘day job’ as singer and musical icon is still in rude shape.

For this show in Cesena, the second of just two dates in Italy, he was in fine voice and treated an adoring public to a supremely polished show dominated by material from his excellent new album World Peace Is None Of Your Business.

It would have been all too easy for him to go through the motions and run through Smiths classics. Probably a fair proportion of the audience would have actually preferred this but I’d much rather see an artist performing songs that reflect where he is now than who he was then.

Morrissey's cog sheet and the official set list

Morrissey’s cog sheet and the official set list

Highlights are an impassioned version of Now My Heart Is Full, a celebratory Every Day Is Like Sunday and the plaintive and touching Oboe Concerto.

He also played three old favourites: How Soon Is Now, What She Said, Meat Is Murder and the encore of The Queen Is Dead.

Meat Is Murder was accompanied by video footage of brutal scenes from factory farms and slaughterhouses. The words were changed to increase include direct questions “Do You Care? Are you too busy to care? Are you too fat to care?” to add to the guilt factor for non-vegetarians. The caption at the end read “What’s your excuse now?” .

This, and The Bullfighter Dies, illustrate that Mozza’s committment for animal rights has not mellowed over the years; on the contrary, he is angrier than ever.

At the very end of the show he discards his shirt as if to show us he is still in fine fettle.

Rumours abound that the days of his live shows may be numbered but on this evidence he doesn’t look like a man ready to take a final bow just yet.

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FOOTNOTE - An interesting video mix of punks, poets, clowns and eccentrics preceded the show, presumably selected by Morrissey, and included thefollowing: early live footage of The Ramones playing Loudmouth, The Apex Theory . Apossibility, Ike & Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits, Leo Sayer - The Show Must Go On, a clip of a 1959 interview witb Dame Edith Sitwell and Anne Sexton .
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