One thing I did notice was how many young people were there and enjoying newer material. I didn't totally get the impression the audience were moribund, but the venue didn't help I guess.
Statement from Morrissey:
"The slapdash release of Morrissey Live in Birmingham is done by Rayner without any consultation to me whatsoever, and is in breach of the terms as laid out by himself in an agreement made for the film between Rayner and my ex-manager. Being Rayner, predictably the trailer is appalling. It is the work of cash-hounds, and I urge people NOT to watch it. I am not signed to YouTube, and no royalties from this film will come to me. Please spend your time elsewhere. Thank you, MORRISSEY."
the troubling thing is that, although I can see that this is fabricated for humour's sake, I didn't know for sure right away.....
Yeah - I remember a few years before this, UK gigs full of passionate fans jumping up and down, and mayhem as people crowdsurfed to get on stage or get a handshake. Then I turned up to this, and everyone was just stood there motionless like zombies. Very odd atmosphere. I couldn't quite work out what had changed.
Looking at the setlist it's disproportionately LIHS heavy... so I'm not too surprised by the tepid crowd reaction mentioned here. When he toured later in 2018 I recall the setlists being much stronger and even including classics like "William, It Was Really Nothing," "Break Up The Family" and "Dial-a-Cliche."
You don't need the media to tell you that his new material sucks, you just need ears.Always great to see & hear that the younger generation is thinking for themselves, recognizing the brilliance that is Morrissey. Obviously they ignore the media and refuse to be dogs on a chain!
So there just may be some hope for this world after all.
Viva Moz !!!