Morrissey 2014

One of the old visual trademarks of a Morrissey show is that fans will rush onstage to hug him and he will go on singing, ignoring them, an apt visual metaphor for the way he’s conducted much of his career. But last night, it seems, some fans took it a bit far. Morrissey opened a North American tour last night at San Jose’s City National Civic, marking his first Bay Area show in some years after he’d canceled a few area shows. And during the encore, fans started doing the rushing-onstage-and-hugging thing, and a few got so physical that they were basically bodyslamming him. It’s a bit tough to see, from the fan-made footage, what was going on, but he cut the show off mid-song and did not return. But the show itself was noteworthy for other reasons: Moz debuted new songs from his long-awaited forthcoming album World Peace Is None Of Your Business. (During the show, he called the new album “the follow-up to Viva Hate,” which is factually incorrect, but sure.) Below, watch fan-made footage of the stage invasion, as well as video of Morrissey singing the new album’s title track, “The Bullfighter Dies,” and “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”; we’ve also got the show’s setlist.

SETLIST:
01 “Hand In Glove”
02 “That’s How People Grow Up”
03 “Ganglord”
04 “Speedway”
05 “I Have Forgiven Jesus”
06 “World Peace Is None Of Your Business”
07 “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”
08 “Yes, I Am Blind”
09 “The Bullfighter Dies”
10 “Life Is a Pigsty”
11 “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
12 “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”
13 “Trouble Loves Me”
14 “Meat Is Murder”
15 “First Of The Gang To Die”
16 “The Youngest Was The Most Loved”
17 “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”
18 “The National Front Disco”
19 “Asleep”
20 “One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell”

World Peace Is None Of Your Business is coming in July on Harvest, via Capitol. In other Moz news, The Hollywood Reporter reports than an unauthorized film about the singer called Steven is in the works. It will be helmed by Mark Gill and begin shooting at the end of the year.

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Comments (10)
  1. “What happened to Morrissey? Is he dead?,” asks the girl calmly at the 1:08 mark.

  2. Factually he IS correct, i think. I believe he means it’s a follow-up lyrical concept wise…a continuation of those themes. Obviously he’s had albums in between, and even though he’s fairly old now i’m pretty sure he’s not that senile.

  3. Stereogum, when I click on a Morrissey article I want comical levels of cartoonish outrage, not something about him behaving relatively reasonably while performing his music. Where is the open letter to all the fans about how their attending his show is destroying the world because the venue is serving hot dogs at the concession stands????

  4. Can you blame the fans? It ain’t easy throwing their arms around Morrissey.

    • Of course you can blame the “fans” – what are they even doing on stage in the first place?

      It’s Morrissey’s performance his audience have paid to see, not a herd of gormless American sheep imitating a dull old stage-invasion ritual they’ve seen on Youtube.

  5. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  6. Even Morrissey is screaming: “OWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!”

  7. So, did you know that world peace is none of your business?

    Anyways, Moz threatened to play Santa Ana tonight. http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/05/morrissey-refuses-to-perform-tonight-unless-venue-cancels-other-show/

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