27 February 2000|
930 Club, Washington, DC
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis concert was not the highlight of the tour, but it went down well. The audience wasn't the most enthusiastic and accordingly, Morrissey not his most passionate. A few changes were made to the setlist. "Alma Matters" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" were brought back while "Lost" and "Break Up The Family" were temporarily dropped.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted his fans by quoting from one of his own songs ('Accept Yourself'): "I am sick, I am dull, I am plain, hello!" Besides the usual live changes in set opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he also sang "give yourself a break before *I* break down". After the song he commented on the crowd's lack of enthusiasm by saying "Don't worry, it actually gets better... because I'm leaving... but somebody has a cassette of... Blink 182, whatever they're called, and that should make you very happy..."
After "A Swallow On My Neck" Morrissey jokingly said "So welcome to our nineties revival... but we're not the Cure you know!" Following "Billy Budd" he changed into a fresh shirt, threw the one he had been wearing into the audience and said "I've got the body of a 16 year old and I should give it back really..." After "Hairdresser On Fire" he had more to say on the subject: "I'd like both those t-shirts back at the end of the night... ironed!" Someone shouted back something clever and Morrissey sarcastically said "very funny..."
Following "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey replied to something shouted to him: "Baltimore? Baltimore did you say?... Strange man..." Then, growing impatient, he said "When we're ready, we're ready..." The fans cheered loudly after "Half A Person" and for a long time so, puzzled, Morrissey asked "What's happening?... You think it's the Rolling Stones, don't you?" He then told his guitarist "Alain, somebody wants you over there." After "Now My Heart Is Full" he said "Thank you for the 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Morrissey' t-shirt but... I think you're gonna need some more members (giggles)... please laugh (crowd laughs)... that's okay!"
As the opening bars of "Alma Matters" were heard Morrissey exclaimed "Name that tune!" and, as he was getting no reaction from the crowd, added "Complete silence, oh my God..." After the song he thanked the fans "...for applauding that incredibly average rendition... in fact you're still applauding, it's incredible... or maybe you're crying, I don't know..." He usually changed the words "haunting for wanting" for "hauting for dreaming" in live performances of "I Am Hated For Loving", but on this day he sang "haunted for needing". After the song he replied to someone with the line "We like that song too..."
For once "Meat Is Murder" wasn't introduced with a speech. Instead Morrissey said "Gertrude Stein's lover was called Alice B and she wrote an essay, poem, called 'Murder In The Kitchen' but this song is better than that..." He usually returned to the subject after the song, but on this date he said "Some people over here are making some really strange noises I suppose they are from Philadelphia, are they?". After "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" he cryptically told someone "And that's what I call wet. You didn't hear that did you? She did, that's all that counts..."
After "Is It Really So Strange?" Morrissey said "We haven't finished yet so stop looking at your watches... you'll be in bed soon enough..." Before going into main set closer "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he thanked his fans "...for listening to all these cries for help... my doctor was right..." There were quite a few attempts by fans to make it on stage during that song. Morrissey himself tried to help a few of them and encouraged them by telling them "I'll save you!". He even teased someone who managed to get close by saying "I changed my mind!".
Morrissey had started the show by quoting his own lyrics, and this is the way he also ended it. Before going into the encore he quoted from the song he was about to end the concert with, "Shoplifters Of The World Unite": "Could I very sincerely say thank you for now, today, tomorrow and always..." More fans tried to make it on stage during this final song. One of them knocked Morrissey over, but fortunately it happened just when the song was ending.
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