Morrissey (Pyramid Stage, Sunday)

Glastonbury Festival 2004 review

published: Thu 8th Jul 2004

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June 2004
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£112 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 150000
last updated: Wed 7th Aug 2013

The Pyramid Stage resounds to the strains of Imperfect List by a group called Big Hard Excellent Fish and it brings a smile to our faces as we await the hero of the hour! The backdrop is a giant Las Vegas style sign on a glittery blue backdrop spelling out one word MORRISSEY and the crowd are transfixed as he steps out dressed in a Vegas jacket and open collared red shirt accompanied by a brat pack of musicians, the band would not look out of place in Oceans Eleven.

“I imagine many of you feel rather disgusting,” he enquires, “I do every day. And I’m not normally near mud. Except psychologically, of course.” He’s on form and we’re in for a treat!

Morrissey (Pyramid Stage, Sunday)

He poses, he gulps, he looks embarrassed as usual and he’s the master of the enigmatic. For the fans of his earlier incarnation at The Smiths he gives us a few gems which include in The Headmaster Ritual, Shakespeare's Sister and the anthem There Is A Light That Never Goes Out all of them are hugely received and loudly sung along with by the throng before him.

Morrissey (Pyramid Stage, Sunday)

He’s an unrivalled wordsmith and still at the top of his game after crooning through Every Day Is Like Sunday and with the weather it’s a perfect setting for Glastonbury is indeed grey but far from silent.

But the best of the whole performance lies in his new material from the album You Are The Quarry, perfectly crafted lyrics and a wonderful musical accompaniment delivered to us magnificently by Mozza giving us his all and includes The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores, Let Me Kiss You, Irish Blood, English Heart and First Of The Gang To Die.

He’s still the master of performing live, he positively glows and this set shows it may be 20 years since The Smiths last graced Glastonbury but he’s stronger than ever and he adds in some special tracks for the fans too. It’s over all too soon and as he leaves Frank Sinatra croons from the speakers, we’ve witnessed one of the greatest live performers of the age and we will take this memory to the grave.

Set list:
Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Shakespeare's Sister
How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Let Me Kiss You
I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
The Headmaster Ritual
Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
First Of The Gang To Die
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
No One Can Hold A Candle To You
Subway Train (into) Everyday Is Like Sunday
Irish Blood, English Heart

In Morrissey there truly is a light that never goes out!
review by: Scott Williams

photos by: Karen Williams

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June 2004
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£112 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 150000
last updated: Wed 7th Aug 2013


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