Morrissey On Fire Post Glastonbury
MONA / MORRISSEY
June 25th 2011
The four piece ‘Mona’ are currently receiving positive press, tonight’s support slot won’t change that. Playing a mix of indie rock that sonically resembles Kings Of Leon, their only misfire is a cover of The Cranberries Zombie. An odd choice seeing as the male singer cannot hope to emulate the haunting vocals of the original. But all that is incidental tonight as we are here for one person only Mozzer!
Morrissey continues his pre set tradition with an entertaining medley of 60’s/70’s footage including Sandie Shaw & his beloved New York Dolls. Morrissey is in fine form, he seems to be enjoying it having “survived Glastonbury” and he knows the audience including American indie actress Chloe Sevigny are wholly here to see HIM. Criticism of his Glastonbury set, complained that the first half lacked energy, but tonight Moz and the band seem revitalised. The new tracks are going down better now that people have heard them a few times, but it is the Smiths tracks that get the warmest reaction tonight. Although the Morrissey classics (Everyday Is Like Sunday, First Of The Gang To Die) have everyone singing along, few could argue that the version of Meat Is Murder is scintillating, and the encore of This Charming Man is a grand finale to an energetic, euphoric gig.