Morrissey at the Fox Theater in Pomona Last Night

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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.


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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.

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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.


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2 comments
Ian
Ian

Wouldn't that be a sample of a motorbike before 'Speedway'?

Andrew Youssef
Andrew Youssef

Good point Ian. But it does sound like a chainsaw!

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