Tonight, despite his recent near touches with death, Morrissey will walk onto the stage at the Jockey Club in Lima, and all will once again be well with the world. From various pictures posted around the internet, Morrissey looks to be in good nick, with no signs of imminent death, so hopefully it will be an illness (and death) free tour.
MORRISSEY SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS IN PERU WHILE LIAM THE BODYGUARD PUTS TO USE HIS SKILLS AS A FORMER CINEMA USHERETTE TO SHINE THE LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT (UNLESS THE BATTERIES GO!) KEVIN 'SNIPPER' PHILLIPS HOVERS IN THE BACKGROUND
THE DIMPLED PRINCE - AGAIN WITH LIAM AND KEV
A MAN WITH A STRANGE HOODIE/JACKET COMBO MEETS MOZ WHILE LIAM KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE SUPPORTED BY A MAN WHO LOOKS AS THOUGH HE HAS COME STRAIGHT FROM THE SERBIAN MAFIA (ALTHOUGH THE AWFUL FLEECE SWEATSHIRT WOULD SUGGEST OTHERWISE!)
Morrissey once said in an interview that, "It is incredibly expensive to tour, and without a sponsor or a rich spinster aunt, we can't travel far. I'd need to inherit a shipping fortune to get myself to South America." Despite Mozzer's claims, here he is, back in South America for the second year on the trot, but it would appear that it isn't thanks to a rich spinster aunt, but to 'Cristal', Chile's Number 1 lager.
So, as we wait with anticipation for Morrissey's return to the stage (which will be in the middle of the night in the UK as we are 6 hours ahead of Lima), what songs can we expect to hear, and will there be much Youtube footage? If a leaked set list from rehearsals is to be believed, we are in for a treat.
'Hand in Glove' as an opener would be mesmerizing, and no doubt everybody would think it is Morrissey singing it to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the song, but the Blue Rose Society would of course think differently. I once wrote in this very blog that the 'Blue Rose Society' was OUR 'Hand in Glove', and it could well be that Morrissey has picked up on that. What is more, this is a tour celebrating 25 years as a solo artist, NOT 30 years as a singer!
Alternatively, Morrissey could of course be opening with 'HiG' as his way of putting two fingers up to Mike Joyce, who back in January told The Sun newspaper that he had had a dream about The Smiths getting back together and opening with 'HiG'. If Morrissey opens with 'HiG', I would interpret it as Morrissey saying to Joyce, 'I am still here, still singing my songs, and all you have is dreams.... you cunt'.
The inclusion of 'Yes I am Blind' and 'Asleep' into the set would surely be as a result of them both being sung earlier in the year during the 'Speedway' pause. It's almost as though the 'Speedway' pause is being used as a preview of what is to come at a later date. The same happened with 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore', although there has been no sign of a full rendition of Victoria Wood's 'Northerners'!
If this is to be the set list in Lima, I will be especially looking out for Youtube footage of 'There is a Light That Never goes Out' and 'I Know It's Over', to see if there are any references to MorrisseysWorld or the Blue Rose Society. It was during 'Light' in Lima last year that Moz held his heart in a masonic pose having told us on the MW blog to look out for it. The reason I will be looking out for 'I Know It's Over' is because I was left the following message on my last blog entry:
Perhaps the message ISN'T from my old friend 'Spirit of Nico', but maybe.....
And finally for today, I have in the past published the latest audience figures from my blog, which always showed an increase in readership from whatever country Morrissey happened to be in. It always amused Loughton Lil (whatever happened to him?), but my latest audience figures show NO sign of any readers from Peru, so I think it is safe to say that Morrissey no longer follows me following him, although of course I haven't actually written anything since he's been in Peru, so I will see if anything happens to the figures now that I've started writing again!
Pageviews by Countries
NOT A SINGLE CLICK FROM SOUTH AMERICA IN THE PAST WEEK
*Goes off singing* Yes, we may be hidden by rags, but we've something they'll never have