16 February 2000|
Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON, Canada
A Swallow On My NeckMorrissey was in fine form, and so were the fans in the front rows, quite a few made it on stage. "Tomorrow" was on the setlist before "The Teachers Are Afraid Of the Pupils" but was skipped. Besides this there was no change with the previous set.
Morrissey came on stage following the new walk-on song, the James Bond theme. His opening line was related to the latter music: "The name is James Porridge!... How nice to see you... I can't really see you..." In set opener "A Swallow On My Neck" he replaced "same old patter" with "same old chatter". After the song he thanked the very welcoming audience, accepted a gift and said "Is this for me? Oh you shouldn't have..." After "I Am Hated For Loving" he extended his greetings with "It's nice to be right out in the suburbs... Or is it? I don't know... (accepting another gift) Are those for me? How did I guess?"
Between lines in "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey asked "What's so funny" and said "burn down the disco in Hamilton" while giggling. After the song he removed his shirt and said "I don't know why anybody would want the t-shirt, it's sweaty and second hand..." This was followed with the comment "So obviously all these songs are really depressing but your friends did warn you... Next time you listen to them..." Turning to a fan he then asked "Can I take this? Let it go... Thank you..."
Because there is a town near Hamilton called London, Morrissey followed "Half A Person" with the comment "And when I say... when I said 'I went to London and I', I mean the London that way (points to one side of the stage), not the London that way (does half-turn and points to the other side of the stage)... as if you didn't know..." He then bent forward to listen to a fan in the audience, asked him "Which one?", handed him his microphone and got the reply "London Ontario is shit!". This prompted the crowd to cheer and Morrissey to reply "He said that!" After a pause he added "I was born in London Ontario..." Incidently this was followed by "Hairdresser On Fire" which starts with the line "Where is London, so much for London".
In "Boxers" Morrissey sang "you wish the ground would open up and take me down" and "will time never pass, for you". In typical self-depreciating manner he followed that song with the comment "I don't think that deserve a round of applause". He then told the audience, or perhaps someone in particular "you look really uncomfortable..." As "Now My Heart Is Full" was about to start he shouted "God!" then added "God will help me..."
As usual "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with a speech: "This next song is about... (replying to someone) what d'you mean by that, actually... (returning to the subject) this song is about all the institutionalised rape and murder that your government protects and the North American government protects and all governments protect and... who knows why..." After the song he added "So the next time your Granny offers you part of a butchered baby, Just! Say! No!... Please... please... it's always the grannies that do it..."
It was a tradition on this tour to spice up the banter with television-related remarks and on this date it came in the introduction for "Is It Really So Strange?": "This next song is called 'Who the hell does Judge Judy think she is?'... you can laugh later! Or never!" After the song Morrissey said "So nice that some of you remember the oldies, ah some of you are the oldies... some of you are the oldies... that's what I meant to say..." During "I Can Have Both" someone tried to get on stage and failed, and this prompted Morrissey to sing "he doesn't know, thank you for trying".
After "I Can Have Both" Morrissey had a short chat with someone in the front rows: "Did you say 'high' or 'pint'? Oh, 'pie'! You don't mean apple pie, do you? You mean 'pint'? Oh... very witty..." After "Alma Matters" he declared "I wish I hadn't mentioned the audience before... it's too late now... because..." Coming back for the encore, he thanked the audience "...for being so nice and we are so horrible, and you're so nice..."
A 20-second segment of "A Swallow On My Neck" was shown in the following days on Muchmusic's entertainment news programme Fax.
The Muchmusic segment of "A Swallow On My Neck" mentioned above can be found tagged at the end of some bootleg DVDs of material from that period in time.
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