23 August 2002|
McDonald Theater, Eugene, OR
I Want The One I Can't HaveThis was a significantly better concert than the previous one in Seattle. The fans were much more energetic and enthusiastic. Morrissey was in a playful mood and often teased the audience. There was no change in the setlist.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted his fans "Welcome to the Morrissey convention!... I'm Morrissey, you Gene" (a pun on 'I'm Morrissey, Eugene'). "Suedehead" was very well received, prompting the man to tell his fans "You're far too excited for Eugene, I believe... I've been told...". New composition "First Of The Gang To Die" was jokingly introduced with "We wrote this song earlier today while queuing for our prescriptions at Walgreen's... it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'." During the song's first bars Morrissey said "He's not in tune..." After its performance he joked "I'm so pleased that some people know the words to that song because... I sure don't..."
After the fan favourite "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey repeated twice the cryptic "If my hair falls I'll have to leave, sorry..." The yet-to-be-released "I Like You" was introduced with the line "This song is quite new and it's called (pretends to make a mistake) 'I Lust You' - 'I Like You'!" After the song Morrissey replied to someone in the audience: "Yes my friend, what's troubling you? Spit it out!... You're in mixed company but just spit it out!".
After "Mexico" Morrissey extended the usual thanks: "Thank you for standing for all this time... you have nerves of steel... and so do I..." After one more song he repeated again, this time louder, "Nerves of steel!". Two female twins in the audience were holding a sign saying "The Moz Twins" and at this point Morrissey noticed the sign and said "I can't read it... what does it say? No?... It's 'The Moz Twins', isn't it? The Moz Twins everybody!".
"Everyday Is Like Sunday" was introduced with "This next song is from a cd album called 'Bona Drag', which actually shipped two million sales in the United States (crowd cheers)... most of which were returned... but some weren't, and that's all that matters... gab-gab-gab-gab, bla-bla-bla-bla..." After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey proceeded with something that was becoming a tradition, the introduction of his musicians: "I'm sure I don't need to tell you that... this is Boz... and I'm sure I don't need to tell you that (someone in crowd: 'Gary! Gary!) I don't need to tell you!... And I'm sure I don't need to tell you that this is Dean... and I'm sure I need to tell you... this is (growls) Alain!"
The more unfamiliar "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "This song is dedicated to George W! And it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." Then "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "And this is just in case, just in case it slips your mind... just in case, just in case it slips your mind, which it may do, I don't know..." Following the very well received "Speedway" Morrissey said "Thank you, you show rare resonance, very hardy people..." While waiting for his musicians to be ready to go into the next planned song, he said "Boz is having a drink... Alain is doing nothing... Dean is just sat there..." He continued to talk like this but was drowned out by the band finally launching into "November Spawned A Monster".
When he returned to the stage after a short break Morrissey said "Thank you for listening, thank you for understanding, thank you to King Cheetah, thank you to Eugene, thank you to the Lord Mayor... because, thank you to me!" before going into the encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".
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