The lyrics to The Smiths’ classic song ‘How Soon Is Now?’ have never been more appropriate than last Friday night at the Effenaar in Eindhoven. The occasion: an afterparty for (ex-The Smiths singer) Morrissey’s gig in Eindhoven.
There’s a club if you’d like to go
you could meet somebody who really loves you
so you go, and you stand on your own
and you leave on your own
and you go home, and you cry
and you want to die
When you say it’s gonna happen “now”
well, when exactly do you mean?
see I’ve already waited too long
and all my hope is gone
Especially at the beginning of the party, it was like being at a disco night for people with autism. Lots of (mainly male) Morrissey-fans standing on their own with a drink and their backs against the wall, waiting for god knows what to happen. Awkward at first, that’s for sure. As the evening progressed and as more alcohol was consumed the atmosphere changed completely. By the time it was past midnight, a lot of them had actually picked up the courage to start dancing. In that awkward ‘staring to the floor so nobody will notice me’ kinda way.
Reading the above, it may sound like me and my friends didn’t enjoy myself, but it was quite the opposite. We had a really good time dancing and chatting. It was just a very unusual atmosphere when we first arrived.
And the gig? Well, I’ve seen Morrissey on four or five different tours now and I must say: his voice has never been better. The gig could have been a bit longer (it only barely reached 1,5 hours) and of course with a back catalogue like Morrissey has I will always complain about the setlist (FOUR new songs in 1,5 hours, was that really necessary?), but all in all it was a very good gig. The highlight for me was probably a haunting, explosive rendition of ‘Meat is Murder’. And I’m not even a vegetarian…
Here’s a clip of that song that I filmed last Friday, unfortunately I didn’t get the whole song. The ending was absolutely brilliant!