PICS: Morrissey at Pechanga Arena

'Stop me if you've heard this one before': Morrissey whipped the local fan faithful into a fevered frenzy during his recent San Diego show.

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The famed co-founder and vocalist of the Smiths has been on the road with Interpol since Sept. 5.
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"Every day is like Sunday": Announced back in April, the Pechanga Arena show took place on Sunday, Oct. 6. The tour wraps up in LA at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 26.
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The rock & roll icon -- who's been known to cancel a show now and then -- sounded phenomenal during his San Diego performance. His pitch-perfect vocals filled the arena with ease and there wasn't an off note to be heard.
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"Handsome devil": The famously coiffed frontman walked out on stage to a thunderous applause, and the legion of devoted fans on-hand soaked up every word during the show.
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One of his first bits of stage banter was: "I may be chronically disorientated but I believe this is the first venue I ever played solo....where did those 12 years go?" The crowd, of course, went wild.
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Morrissey's band was in fine form as well. The group currently consists of guitarist Boz Boorer and bassist Mando Lopez (pictured left to right), guitarist Jesse Tobias, drummer Matt Walker and keyboardist Gustavo Manzur.
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"Please please please let me get what I want": The Oct. 6 show consisted of 22 songs -- a few fan favorites, newer selections and more than a few cover songs (which you can find on his 2019 covers album "California Son").
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Moz started off with "Irish Blood, English Heart," "Suedehead," "Hairdresser on Fire," "Spent the Day in Bed," and "I Am Hated for Loving."
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Then he launched into a trio of covers from his new album: "Morning Starship" (originally by Jobriath), "Wedding Bell Blues" (by Laura Nyro) and "Lady Willpower" (by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap).
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Before performing "Lady Willpower," he remarked about Gary Puckett (who was discovered performing in a San Diego bowling alley lounge): "The man who song this next song lives here in San Diego. He could your neighbor...he could be your father...who knows."
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He then performed "I Wish You Lonely," "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself," a cover of the Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang" (which was amazing), "Seasick, Yet Still Docked," and "The Bullfighter Dies."
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Before launching into "The Bullfighter Dies," he recited a curious bit: "Whenever I go to Spain, with my closest friend Elaine, and that's her real name...I push her under the train." During the song, gruesome and gory bullfighting footage was shown on the screens behind him.
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"Meat is murder": As we've come to expect from the famed, longtime animal rights activist, Morrissey banned Pechanga Arena from selling any food with meat on the day/night of the show. Even advertisements or menus from food vendors around the venue were covered if they listed any meat products.
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The set continued on with "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris," "Everyday Is Like Sunday," "Some Say (I Got Devil)" (a Melanie cover)...
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...and wrapped up with "Jack the Ripper," "Home Is a Question Mark," "Hold On to Your Friends," and "Speedway." After exiting the stage for a brief break, Morrissey and his band returned for a one-song encore of the classic Smiths tune "What She Said."
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The icon seemed (surprisingly?) cheery throughout the show. At one point, he stopped in-between songs to sign a few items for the concertgoers up front. He asked someone holding a Sharpie: "One question: does your pen actually work?" After the fan eagerly confirmed, he grabbed it and began signing records and posters. As he was busy signing, starstruck attendees pushed forward, offering him more and more memorabilia to autograph, causing him to joke, "Don't be greedy. Don't be greedy."
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After thanking Interpol for their stellar performance earlier in the evening, he signed off with: "Whatever happens, good or bad, please never forget -- that I love you, I love you, I love you and I love you!"
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