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Tonight.

In 1994, I slept on the sidewalk outside of Carnegie Hall for two nights* (see, kids, this is what we had to suffer through before we had the internet) to get tickets to see Morrissey there. I got great seats (9th row center, if I recall correctly). The show was initially “postponed”, so I waited patiently for the new date to roll around six months later. Then, in true Morrissey form, he cancelled. And didn’t reschedule. HEARTBREAK. I still haven’t gotten over it.

15 years later, I am FINALLY going to see Morrissey at Carnegie Hall. This will be my 26th Morrissey concert, but I still feel nervous and excited every single time I see him.

(*Those were a craaaaazy couple of nights. MTV and the NY Times were there to film and interview us, and a radio station brought us breakfast in the mornings. The guy up at the front of the line had been there for days. I could never do something like that now, but I’m glad I was so ridiculous and silly once upon a time! Even though the concert was cancelled, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.)

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30 Comments

  • Reply stephanie March 26, 2009 at 12:08 am

    jealous!!!

  • Reply kristy March 26, 2009 at 1:00 am

    me too!! i have only seen him once and that was only a couple of years ago… i would have slept on the sidewalk in 94 if i was there too 🙂

    awww have an amazing time!

  • Reply Katherine March 26, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I am VERY HAPPY for you!

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) March 26, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I like how you have combined your two loves. A Morrissey ticket photographed against the white floor!

  • Reply cuppy March 26, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!

    I remember when you & TL left me a voicemail the last time you saw him together !! SO FUNNY !!!!

    xoxox

  • Reply far out brussel sprout March 26, 2009 at 4:13 am

    lucky duck. i have not yet had the privilege of seeing the big m…..yet!

  • Reply Katharina March 26, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Oh…I’m sooo jealous! The consert here in Oslo was sold out instantly,and I didn’t get a ticket… Tell us all about it!!!!

  • Reply nina March 26, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Wow, hurray! I still like him a lot (though people keep telling me that his best days are over). I hope you’ll enjoy the show! (And wow, 26th Morrissey concert?)

  • Reply kim de montreal March 26, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I’m so happy for you, have an amazing time. I got to see him in 1997 here in Montreal at a small theatre (Théâtre St-Denis)I still remember every second of it.

  • Reply kat March 26, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Being from Canada, I cannot easily see the man. Morrissey continues to boycott our country because of the seal hunt (I still maintain he’d do better to voice his protest and rally animal lovers like me rather than avoid, but nevermind). In any regard, I had a ticket to see him in Buffalo last Thursday. Then became ill with a three-day fever (this is what that man does to me!) and couldn’t attend. sigh

    Represent for lonely old me in Toronto, please? And post a review if you can?

    Have a glorious time.

  • Reply Jen March 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I’ve slept out too (not in NYC though–yikes!) for tickets and I canNOT imagine allowing my kids to do it now. My mom was way cooler than I am!!

  • Reply yael March 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I went to the show last week in Buffalo. It was great! Have fun!

  • Reply Katja March 26, 2009 at 10:24 am

    That sounds like a perfectly fun and little bit silly thing to do when you’re young, we all should have stories like that! 🙂 Glad that you get your concert now 🙂

  • Reply suzanne March 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

    See you there!

  • Reply sulu-design March 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

    So perfectly awesome. Have a fabulous time. Must get that t-shirt…

  • Reply kelly w March 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I know of what you speak. I slept out for Duran tickets in 1987. :-> Have a fantastic time; I’m thrilled for you!

  • Reply Quoc March 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    i saw him this past sunday in philly & as always he’s amazing. in classic moz form, he ripped his shirt off. you are going to freak out when they play a great great smiths song!

  • Reply heather March 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    i’m so happy for you! enjoy the show!
    p.s. – my dad used to camp out for tickets for me! not my choice though, my mom was really overprotective and never would have let me sleep on the sidewalk.

  • Reply Julie March 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    The show in Buffalo was fantastic. Have a blast tonight!

  • Reply Emily March 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I too went to the Buffalo show. I got a little misty eyed during seaside, but still docked. So incredible.

  • Reply jennifer in sf March 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Have a great time! He just added a show in Oakland, and I’m so excited.

  • Reply Adam March 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Have a fabulous time!! xoxoxo

  • Reply lola March 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Morrisey cancelled his show at the FIB in Spain four years ago. I get there by train from other city far ago, with no hotel or camp. I slept at the beach and came back home without seeing him. After that, I saw him last summer in Madrid!

  • Reply decor8Holly March 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’m going on Sunday, we have to swap stories deal???

    I’m WAITING for an update as in, HOW WAS IT????

  • Reply thecatskillkiwi March 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I’m right there with you, ’94 slept outside carnagie hall for morrisey tickets, devastating….
    have a great time at concert!

  • Reply Slay Belle April 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Late to the party, but I too was at the Philly show. It was so amazing. Hope you had a great time at yours!

  • Reply yael April 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    SUCH A GREAT SHOW! I am from Toronto and I drove to Buffalo to see the him 2 weeks ago. It was amazing. Love Morrissey.

  • Reply brand-eye April 4, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    sweet, so how did you like it? we saw him a couple of weeks ago in philly at the academy of music. it was awesome, as usual.

  • Reply naomi May 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I think you’ll find the internet was invented in 1989.

    …So naturally it was around in 1994, you probably just couldn’t afford it.LOL

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Actually, Naomi, I think you’ll find that the internet wasn’t “invented” so much as it has evolved over a long period of time beginning in the late 1960s. Compuserve started offering email services in 1979, and I had friends using bulletin boards and the like all through the ’80s.

    Putting the subject in context, however, the year you need to look at is 1997 — the year that Ticketmaster began selling tickets online. In 1994 (the year referenced in this post), that wasn’t an option. Thus, even people who “couldn’t afford” internet access had to buy their tickets in flesh just like everyone else.

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