Morrissey kicks off 10-night Hollywood residency in style

He gives loyal fans a taste of new album

Morrissey played the first of a 10-night stint at the Hollywood Palladium that will close down the legendary Los Angeles venue for extensive renovations.

Moz, who will perform nine more show at the Palladium running through next week, treated a crowd filled with adoring fans to songs that spanned his career.

In addition to playing classic Smiths tracks including ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘Stretch Out And Wait’, he previewed two new songs from his forthcoming album: ‘That’s How People Grow Up’ and ‘One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell’, which featured a blaring trumpet section.

Throughout his 90-minute set, Morrissey handed his microphone to audience members, and at one point invited them to engage him in a question-and-answer session.

One fan asked the singer why he enjoyed playing for Southern California audiences so much, to which he responded, “Isn’t it obvious?” He then played ‘London’ and added at the end of the song, “There’s your answer.”

Morrissey seemed to enjoy himself in the relaxed setting, and his all-male backing band adeptly kept the pace on The Smiths songs and Morrissey‘s solo material.

The crowd often sang along and waved lighters and mobile phones in the air, screaming loudly when Morrissey tore off his sweat-drenched shirt and threw it into the audience — twice.

Morrissey and his band concluded the evening by emerging onto the stage wearing matching football uniforms for a one-song encore of ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’.

Morrissey played:

‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

‘Tomorrow

‘All You Need is Me’

‘Sister, I’m A Poet’

‘That’s How People Grow Up’

‘London’

‘Billy Budd’

‘The Loop’

‘Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself’

‘Stretch Out And Wait’

‘First Of The Gang To Die’

‘Let Me Kiss You’

‘Death Of A Disco Dancer’

‘Disappointed’

‘You Have Killed Me’

‘In The Future When All’s Well’

‘I Like You’

‘One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell’

‘Dear God, Please Help Me’

How Soon Is Now?’

‘Irish Blood, English Heart’

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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