Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Morrissey - Terminal 5, New York - 12/10/12
boy was I set to hate terminal 5.
why? my first morning in new york, a horrid grey day in drizzly rain was
spent trying to find this venue (basically a black building with no name)
hence walking by it countless times. a policeman sending me in the wrong
direction (*wrongly* telling me the street numbers went higher the more
you went up - geez) phone calls to my sister in the uk to try and help me
out. basically going round in circles. hours later I found it - and was told
you couldn't collect the ticket from there. but I could from the 'Mercury
lounge (in the lower east side) because they are the same company (or
something) so I went there the next day, and was told you can't collect it
from there. I was told I could collect it the day before from the venue, so
I walked the 16 blocks to terminal 5 again on thursday - and was told by
a horribly rude girl (why do people working the doors always have to be
so rude) that you had to get it in on the night. of course I envisioned it
wouldn't be there. so I wasn't happy. I just wanted to have the ticket in
advance before the gig (no problem collecting the Radio city music hall
ticket in advance) so like I said, boy was I set to hate terminal 5.
that was until I went inside.
as you can see awkward as ever + who the hell I am looking at? dunno.
forget about my awkwardness tho - just look at the KILL UNCLE SHIRT
yes a K.I.L.L. U.N.C.L.E shirt (I snagged 2 - original 1991 - unworn, yes
*UNWORN*ones on ebay last year) ... yup it's the best. my fave t shirt.
cool Peta people inside the venue. they were very friendly. I wish I'd have
spoken to them longer. how impressive is his chest??!! - veg power!!!
the merch. some new t's since Manchester - I bought the black one top right
2nd in. yes that's a cat on morrissey's head. why? ... why not. I very nearly
bought it, but then didn't. the writing at the bottom says MY LIFE WITH
FANNY THE WONDERCAT ... I know - why the hell didn't I buy it ... and
it says USA FALL TOUR on the back ... damn - also deepely regretting not
buying the green ENGLAND IS MINE (Still Ill lyric) one.
so finally I am seeing a full Kristeen set. I only caught the last few
songs in Manchester and saw nothing at 'Radio city music hall as I
was taking photos of fans up until the last minute. I liked her as soon
as the first song got underway. so much so that I got my phone out
and filmed it (and I never ever film anything at gigs ... I only *ever*
take photos) but I had to capture WHAT was impressing me so much.
the quality isn't too great. but when I watch them I'm right back there
at the gig, so they're pretty valuable to me. how epic is the second song
(fantastic failure) I swear I became a full-blown fan of Kristeen in the
midst of this song. I really liked the 3rd song but then nothing after that
impacted me as much. but I didn't mind that, I love it when something
impacts you strongly instantly ... it doesn't matter what happens after
that, you already know everything you need to know.
again I say *how amazing* is the below ....
what I notice is that unlike the uk, no-one moves when the support act
finishes, so neither do I. there's no way I am going to lose my position.
so I stay right. there.
again I'm thanking Moz for the film that plays before he comes on ... it's
nice to have something to occupy your mind, and not just stand there
becoming an ever-increasing bundle of nerves at the prospect of what is
to come. and there is something reassuring about watching something
that you have been watching for a year, recognising all the clips as they
begin. below: this woman from one of the clips is so cool.
in the crowd I see the australian woman I had spoken to on my way
down the street to the venue (asking if she was going to the gig and
telling her my fear of the ticket not being there) she reasurred me that
it'd be there. I asked if she had came from Australia for the gig, but she
said she was living in new york ... it was nice speaking to her because it
passed a bit of time and meant I arrived at the venue in a more positive
frame of mind and not had my thoughts of ticket-doom spiralling out
she was like 'you got in!!' ... yeah I said! it was a nice moment seeing her
in there ... in the pre-gig atmosphere and my jubilant frame of mind ...
realising all my worry had amounted to nothing. I was in there and the
gig was about to start.
I love the venue. the shape of it (basically an oblong shape) just the
whole metal cage-like construction of it. the width of the stage looks so
small (like half the size of Brixton academy) and the whole place does
not look very old at all. (update: it opened as Terminal 5 in 2003 and
was renovated in 2007) ... and as I soon found out it had really great
sound, so clear and defined ... the venue I was all set to hate couldn't
have been more perfect.
cool hardcore dudes.
if there was one thing I was hoping to see at the gigs, it was some hardcore
guys. I already knew of the love that hardcore groups have for Morrissey
so I really hoped to see some people there at the gigs. then I saw the above
guys on my way in when I was taking photos of fans. I knew they were into
hardcore before I even saw the X on the hand on the guy on the left ... I
just knew (I've been to a lot of hardcore gigs) and get this, they ended up
standing right near to me, along with 2 other guys (one of whom I saw in
the crowd 2 days later at the YOUTH OF TODAY gig at Irving Plaza)
I wore a Moz shirt. no-one spoke to me.
when the curtain dropped and Morrissey and the band stood before me
I was just smiling. I know that 'Radio city had been my first Moz gig in new
york. but I was in a seat half-way back. this was the one ... the one I had
been looking forward to ... I just wanted it to happen ... be perfect ... yep
the old usual routine I go through. and here it was starting in front of me.
great position, great people around me ... I was in NEW YORK watching
Morrissey. what I had always wanted. in that precise moment my smile
couldn't have been any broader. if it was a movie it would be at the very
end, a heart-swelling climax with uplifting music, a jubilant hit of 'Rocky
type euphoria. in that moment I couldn't have been any happier.
the first song started. it's not 'Last night I dreamt that somebody loved
me' like at 'Radio city ... it's only bleedin' SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD
what I really liked is that (with those shuddering beats) it INSTANTLY
established this feeling amongst the crowd, almost of swagger and attitude.
... but not in any egotistical way, I just loved how it set a real defiant tone
to the start of the gig ... the opening song of a gig almost dictates what is
going to happen within the mindsets of everyone. like if you were writing
the script for a movie and establishing a mood - and this choice was just
perfect. hats off to the Moz - like I said it floored me. seriously you could
have knocked me down.
what I realised instantly. this is not like at Brixton academy when as soon
as the first song starts the whole crowd just surges forward. sure people
react (arms are up and everything down the front) but overall it's a very
different atmosphere and feeling. it's like they are happy doing their own
thing, not having to over-exaggerate (or prove) anything. an example of
the much cited new york cool? I don't know, but I really like it.
just like when I was at CBGB's the last time I was in new york. I spent
a lot time thinking 'I'm in new york watching Morrissey' just marvelling
at that fact. I had a great view, the people around me were cool, couldn't
have asked for anything more. the set list is very similiar to Radio City.
'I know it's over' is out but MALADJUSTED is in ... so is FANTASTIC
BIRD (a previously unreleased track) ... not gonna lie. every time a song
started up I hoped for ART HOUNDS. that was the one I really wanted
to hear. then THE KIDS A LOOKER. it's like when you are at a gig and
everything is just so right and you know a certain song would just fit the
mood perfectly. but they wern't played. I just know if ART HOUNDS had
been played it woud have been something stupendous. I was already in
a good frame of mind. that woud have pushed me just that bit further.
english reserve would have been long gone for sure:) sure I was a bit sad
they wern't played, but I still couldn't have been happier at the gig.
what I really liked is that it wasn't about 1 song at this gig. it was about
the whole gig and the whole feeling throughout the gig. quite often you
only get a few songs at a gig where you feel a certain way. I had it for
the whole gig. feeling that way and being around people all reacting to
the songs in their own little ways, without invading the space of people
around them was a very special thing. I had always wondered what it
would be like to see a New York Morrisey gig. that's why I spent a lot
of the gig, just looking around, looking at everything, taking it and that
will I ever stop posting footage of LET ME KISS YOU from gigs I was at?
highly doubtful. honestly, without going all wussy, even watching a few
seconds makes me go a bit misty eyed. because I remember being there,
just getting more and more into the song and reacting to it ... and all whilst
having such great people near me throughout it. it was very very special.
and it's almost too much watching it back now.
the place goes crazy for STILL ILL. people surge forward ... there is
movement everywhere. it was such a release, coming from nowhere
and after how it had been up until then. and then it ended and the gig
was over. it was strange, having this high of jubilation and then it all
a sign to the morrisseyworlders. obviously no-one else noticed it/paid
any attention. and of course no-one caught it on film ... but I did. once
again it's MORE COLD-HARD proof ... yet it will still make *no difference*
people still won't believe.
again thanks to all the moz fans that spoke to me and let me take
their photo. once again, you made an english fan very happy. talking
of the NY fans, hardcore guy on the left from the above pic, was singing
along to *all* the words throughout the gig. it was a real nice thing
everytime I looked and saw it!
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
You're The One For Me, Fatty
The Youngest Was The Most Loved
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
You Have Killed Me
People Are The Same Everywhere
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Everyday Is Like Sunday
To Give (The Reason I Live)
Let Me Kiss You
Meat Is Murder
I Will See You In Far Off Places
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New York Morrissey fans
the moment when it hit me.
Morrissey - Radio City Music Hall, New York - 10/10/12