*I know that Morrissey has a lot of controversial opinions that I don’t necessarily agree with. However, I am able to look past that and still enjoy his music.
Shawn and I often drive to Detroit to attend concerts. We’re super close to the border and concert tickets are SO cheap there. We were able to get floor tickets to see Morrissey for $50. We were three rows back from him. If we had purchased tickets to see him in Toronto (something that will never happen because Morrissey won’t tour Canada because a few people club baby seals.. yet he’ll tour the US where everyone is killing everyone else and Mexico which is just a disaster, but I digress… his pretentious hypocrisy, his choice) floor tickets would have cost us $250.
Continuing on… So to clarify, the title is total clickbait and I don’t even care. Morrissey was amazing. He sounded great. In fact, he was so good I thought he was lipsyncing at first. The problem wasn’t with Morrissey. The problem was the crowd, the venue, the vibe.
I don’t know if it’s because of the latest concert shootings but everyone around me was on edge ― constantly looking over their shoulder. Directly next to me sat a group of teenagers on cocaine who kept suffering the most overwhelming nose bleeds I had ever seen. Hardcore Mozzites with “All Hail Moz” written on their foreheads ran through and dashed on the stage where they were promptly evicted by security. An enormous man was using his weight to push all of us girls around so he could get closer to Morrissey. He threatened to punch me for calling him out on his shit, to which I replied “Go for it. Security will throw you out and it will attract the attention of Morrissey.” He wised up and moved on.
Even the vibe outside the venue was off. Okay, so it’s Detroit. Detroit is a bit rough. I’ve visited the city many times and am aware of the issues but I still love Detroit despite it. Children were trying to sell us chocolate bars. (More on that here.) Two homeless men fought over the contents of a garbage can. Large groups of Red Wings fans roamed by disappointed that their team had lost miserably. It was a depressing sight.
Two redeeming factors: Obviously Morrissey because he’s Morrissey and I’ve been in love with his music since I was a teenager. Also, we met this super cute guy from our city outside the venue who ended up meeting and possibly falling in love with another guy at the show. It’s really cute to see 2 strangers connect right before your eyes.
So all of that aside, despite it being the worst concert I’ve ever been to, I still had a great time. I finally saw Morrissey live and checked it off my bucket list. I plan to get tickets to his next tour and try again. Hopefully I have a better experience next time!