organization, and original content copyright Scott Krajewski, 2000
"For us and for him."
The Quest Club, Minneapolis, Tuesday February 8, 2000
The only perspective I bring to this show is that of the
other 2 shows Morrissey
has had in the Twin Cities -- November 7, 1991 at Northrup Auditorium
September 12, 1992 at the Orpheum. The venue and audience here has grown
over the 3 shows but I feel that the quality of shows has also increased.
I went to the Quest Club with my college friend Jenelle who also went
to the 1992
show with me. We had front row seats and got on stage at that show. I
of my life goals was accomplished then. We didn't get to the Quest Club
the opening band, The Cultivators, was almost done. We only caught the
songs. They didn't sound too bad to me. We made the obligatory stop at
merchandise booth. I got a t-shirt and magnet. The merchandise was quite
interesting. Next came finding a seat, or floorspace. The main floor was
rapidly filling up so we moved to the balcony above. Rather than fighting
to the front I just wanted to enjoy the show and take it all in. We got
good spot off to the side with a good view of most of the stage. The Quest
TVs all around so you could watch the action if you were in a bad location
The Quest really was an excellent venue for the size of the crowd. It
and intimate and everyone had a fair chance to see the stage pretty well.
never been to Roy Wilkins Auditorium but guessing from the seating maps
it would have been way too big. Apart from some sound troubles initially
"The Boy Racer" the sound was excellent. Everyone sounded excellent
crisp and sharp. I could tell they were comfortable with each other. It
like every note that really hits you from the songs came through perfectly
performance. The new drummer, Spike, was very energetic and provided a
backbone to the sound. Looking back on the first show in Minneapolis,
tell that was their first tour together. They seemed not very comfortable
there. The second tour was better but the several years of playing together
really shows now.
The set list was similar to the other shows on the 2000 leg, a few reorderings
but pretty much the same songs. Oh yeah, Jenelle wanted everyone to know
"Meat Is Murder" sounded incredible. She really enjoys that
song and loved the
performance of it. She did wish there was some wailing during "November
A Monster." I enjoyed the well-orchestrated use of lights. During
the lights really brought out the drama of the song. Judging by reviews
Morrissey seemed as lively and talkative as other shows on
this leg. He was also more understandable than I remember. Perhaps it
sound system or he wasn't mumbling as much as he used to.
I got the feeling at the show that this tour was for the fans and for
really seemed to have a good time performing. There's no record contract,
album to promote, no record company pushing him. This tour is just because
can and he's loving it. But afterwards all I could think was "I need
a live CD!"
Perhaps a concert CD through mp3.com?
I also wondered if anyone at the Quest
had thought to record the video feed on the monitors? It would have made
decent concert video. The venue size, the sharpness of the performance,
general feeling of enjoyment made this the best show of the 3 I've been
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people's experiences at Morrissey-Solo.com