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Morrissey @ Masonic (SF), IMG_20151229_205053LUMPENPROLETARIAT   Morrissey crushed it last night.  During the band’s performance of “Ganglord”, Morrissey played a montage of video clips evidencing the scourge of police terrorism in the USA, UK, and beyond.  As the song progressed, along with the montage of police mayhem, Morrissey interspersed clips of police and others beating and killing various animals.  The juxtaposition gives added depth and dimension to the humanitarian spirit of the song and performance.

As per usual, Morrissey opened his set with a video/film tribute to a plethora of musical and cultural gems projected on a large screen above the stage.  Photographed above, a Morrissey fan is photographed with a custom Morrissey jacket, in the audience, as we all watch Morrissey’s video collage, featuring, among many other things, the French/Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat Charles Aznavour.

It’s never a dull moment at a Morrissey concert.  Overjoyed, we cheered.  “Orale, Morrissey!” yo grité, to which Morrissey responded in a dignified Spanish accent, “Gracias.”

Morrissey set list [29 DEC 2015, San Francisco, The Masonic Auditorium]:

  1. Suedehead
  2. Alma Matters
  3. Speedway
  4. Ganglord
  5. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths cover)
  6. First of the Gang To Die
  7. World Peace Is None Of Your Business
  8. Staircase at the University
  9. I Will See You In Far-Off Places
  10. This Charming Man (The Smiths cover)
  11. Kiss Me A Lot
  12. I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
  13. Jack the Ripper
  14. Oboe Concerto
  15. The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
  16. What She Said (The Smiths cover)
  17. Everyday Is Like Sunday
  18. The Bullfighter Dies
  19. Meat Is Murder (The Smiths cover)
  20. You Have Killed Me
  21. Let Me Kiss You (shirt toss to audience)

ENCORE

22.  The Queen Is Dead (The Smiths cover)

Messina

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SF WEEKLY—[23 DEC 2015]  Good thing the Masonic doesn’t have a kitchen, because we all know how much our favorite vegan loves to hate on venues that serve meat. (In fact, Morrissey is so serious about not performing where burgers and dogs are sold that he has both cancelled shows and walked off stages altogether). When the 56-year-old is not busy promoting animal rights, penning open letters to Al Gore, or writing novels about cursed relay teams, he’s on the road, and San Francisco is lucky enough to be one of the cities he’s gracing with his presence. Concertgoers should be forewarned: You will see a lot of people wearing Smiths T-shirts, and you’ll be subjected to a lot of anti-slaughterhouse videos. Oh, and you’ll also see grown men crying. Grown men. Crying.

Learn more at SF WEEKLY.

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[Image of “Morrissey Fan at The Masonic, 29 DEC 2015” by Messina]

[7 JAN 2015]

[Last modified  23:05 PDT  19 MAY 2016]

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