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|The Club Rio show was
just nearly perfect for me.
We waited in line for 7 and 1/2 hours outside in the 100 degree weather in the sun and another 2 hours inside the place. But every single minute of waiting was worth it. I was in the VERY front, about 2 feet left of center, and stayed there the entire show.
El Vez did not open for Morrissey. Some local guy that just sang with
a guitar played for about a half an hour before Moz came out. He was
boring. Interestingly, David Tseng (you know, the guy that runs this
marvelous website) was in the area in front of the stage with the
security guards taking pictures of Morrissey for the first couple of
songs. I suppose he must have had special privileges. There were two
girls with fairly professional camera equipment taking pictures as well.
But they were gone after a few songs.
During "Lost" two people got and stage and locked onto
Morrissey. The security rushed to pull them off but they had a really
good grip on him. They were nearly pulled free, but then this girl (the
girl with a Moz on her back) jumped on stage and pulled Morrissey to the
ground and kissed his neck. When Moz finally got up he looked a bit
perturbed at the ordeal. Morrissey continually reached out to the crowd,
grabbing hands as usual (I touched him 5 times!!!). His hands were very
sweaty. He was very attentive to the crowd and this girl who had made
her own "Oye Esteban" t-shirt was in the front and he said
(mid-song) "That's nice. Did you make it yourself?" He
took all the notes and stuff that were being held out for him and put
all letters in his pocket, larger things he laid near his water bottles.
He threw back all flowers.
The band looked like they were having a fairly good time. Some guy near me kept yelling "How's it going, Boz?" and Boz smiled and gave us the thumbs-up sign. Morrissey heard this guy yelling and he must've thought he said "How's it going Moz" because he replied: "Not too bad". Then the guy was yelling "Say hi, Gary" and Gary raised his hand to sort of wave. The new drummer was pretty good, I guess. He sort of looks a bit out of place. I don't know, really.
After a wonderfully long set, the crowd was really enthusiastic about the encore (see my review of the SB show). We did well with the Morrissey chant (the "here we go!" thing). Everyone seemed to be yelling and clapping in synch. The band came out with drinks in hand and cigarettes in mouth and Morrissey bounded up on stage in a sailor outfit (dark blue slacks and that blue sailor shirt with white stripes on the sleeves--a very attractive look for him, might I add) and a big smile on his face. "Thank you" he said and started "Last Night I Dreamt". The crowd went crazy, and then everyone was trying to get up on stage. Many made it, it was all-out chaos. Moz made it through the end of the song, and ran off stage. And then he was gone.
Thank you, Morrissey, for such a great show, and to everyone who was waiting outside for what seemed like eternity. It was absolutely perfect!!