26 August 2002|
Zephyr Club, Salt Lake City, UT
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe first of two consecutive dates in Salt Lake City was a success. Morrissey was in good spirits and very talkative. The venue was very small and security was tight, so there was no stage invasion, though quite a few fans tried their best to reach their idol. Morrissey tried to help some of them, notably near the end. He instructed security to "be gentle", but they wouldn't let anyone up.
No encore was planned because there was no backstage and the band had to leave from the front door. Therefore usual encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" simply closed the set which otherwise was the same as the ones from the past few shows, except for the fact that "November Spawned A Monster" was dropped.
As he entered stage Morrissey's first words were the greeting "Hello Salt Lake City punks!" After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he added "Welcome to our supper club act... you've never quite been this close to an open grave... there's always a first time..." Then to people screaming his name he shouted "You want me?!" After "Suedehead" he said "Of course, it's very cynical of you to think that this night may be cancelled... I don't know why you think those things... I don't know Julia, I don't know anything..."
Before going into "First Of The Gang To Die" Morrissey made this announcement: "We're very pleased to say that on Thursday September the 12th we have been invited onto... Craig Kilborn Show (crowd cheers)... on NBC in... beautiful West Hollywood, Burbank, wherever... and, we will probably sing this song, probably, you know, just happens, it's called (fans shout titles) No... No... tsk-tsk-tsk... passé crowd... it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'." After the song he had more to say on the subject: "Do you realise we haven't been on American television for... hundreds of years! And you realise that when we do appear it rarely makes any difference... which tells us what?"
Following "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey discussed the following night's gig which was also taking place in Salt Lake City, but in a different venue: "I hope you'll all crawl along to the University tomorrow (crowd cheers)... We might turn up... just kidding... (lowers voice) Oh dear, I shouldn't have said that... I did though..." After "Late Night, Maudlin Street" he felt he had to reassure the fans: "Of course I was kidding about tomorrow... we will definitely be there..."
A line from "I Like You" was slightly changed to "No one I ever knew or have spoken to resembles me". At the end of the song Morrissey exclaimed "shazam!", then said "That song was called 'I Like You' (trying to understand something shouted to him) Uh? What? You lust me?... Phoenix? What can I say?" Then right before going into "Mexico" he introduced the song by stating its title with a Spanish accent ('Mehico').
After "Mexico" someone shouted for "No One Can Hold A Candle To You", a song originally recorded by Morrissey's friend James Maker under the name Raymonde, and of which Morrissey was rumoured to have recorded a cover at the time. Hearing the request and quite surprised that someone knew about this, the man asked "Say what? Who said that? Who? Really! That's astounding! No, really it's astounding..." After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey returned to the subject by asking the fan "How the hell do you know James Maker?" For the record Morrissey ended up releasing a recording of this cover as a b-side in 2004.
Besides the usual slight change in "Alsatian Cousin" to "a note upon his desk: please bring me home and have me", Morrissey also changed a line to "leather elbows on a tweed coat, Christ! is that the best you can do". This segued into "Little Man, What Now?" just like on the "Viva Hate" album, then Morrissey proceeded with the now customary band introduction: "Can I please introduce you to the boys in the band? Please put your teeth together for Boz... Gary... Deano... Alain... (to himself) Smelly..."
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the words "This song, for your information, is quite - is factual, and it's called... it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." Next up, "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with the line "Of course, driving through Utah, one sees masses and masses and masses of abattoirs, which makes me wonder, what happened to 'thou shall not kill'? And obviously 'thou shall not kill' unless financially profitable... (whispers) Utah..." He change a line in the latter number from "and the turkey you festively slice is murder" to "and the turkey you slice for Thanksgiving is murder".
Before going into "Speedway" Morrissey told someone in the audience "I think you need to bring your own microphone because I can't really hear you (giggles)... but I'm sure it's confidential..." Before going into the final song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" he said "Now we know you all have to be up very early tomorrow to go to work in those abattoirs... or Rite-Aid or... or maybe you work for Sony, I don't know... So... thank you for having me..." Morrissey slightly extended a line in that song to "I haven't got one, my boy I haven't got one..." Near the end of his vocal part a few fans were trying to make it on stage and he instructed security to "...be gentle, be gentle!" However security would not let anyone up so Morrissey apologised with "he won't let me!". At the very end he announced "The pleasure, the privilege, was mine, thank you!" before walking off stage, letting his musicians finish the song.
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