November 28, 2011
Fox Theater in Pomona
Click here to see more photos.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."
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.
sample of a chainsaw kicked off "Speedway" as long time guitarist Boz
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.
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.