Morrissey surprised the good people of New York by announcing three back-to-back New York City shows – all avoiding the cavernous soulless venues that generally host an outfit of Moz and Co.’s stature. I was able to get me mits on tickets to two of three shows. Unfortunately the setlists to all three were nearly identical. Was it really worth it to see the Webster Hall show just to hear “Billy Bud”? I have made poorer decisions I suppose.

This track is from the Carnegie Hall show, which had the full band coming out in tuxedos, which frankly, at Carnegie Hall was bad-ass. During the Carnegie Hall and Webster Hall show, Moz was laying it on a bit thick with shirt ripping-off antics, playing up the unlovable narcissist bit via coy stage banter, and finally dragging out his (?!?) kid, Sebastian ala Michael Jackson and Blanket. The shows were fun even with an odd choice for a setlist. Both shows featured almost exclusively tracks from the last three albums ignoring any solo work pre-“I am the Quarry” (Billy Bud on one occasion notwithstanding) with four or so Smith songs tossed in: “This Charming Man”, “Ask”, “How Soon is Now”, and “Death of a Disco Dancer”. Myself, I would have rather the Smiths songs be replaced by solo gems from Vauxhall and I or Kill Uncle, but who am I to complain?

Here is “Crashing Bores” from the Carnegie Hall performance.

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Download: Morrissey – Crashing Bores (Live)

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