27 August 2002|
University Of Utah's Olpin Union Ballroom, Salt Lake City, UT
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe second consecutive Salt Lake City date took place in a bigger venue than the first one, and it went down just as well. Morrissey was in top form and quite talkative. Security was very tight but not brutal. No one made it up on stage. There was no real change in the setlist except for the fact that "November Spawned A Monster", which had been dropped the night before, was played on this date.
After greeting his fans with "Good evening Ut!", Morrissey shouted "The bells! The bells!" and said "I hope you're wearing pampers, because you might pee..." After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he extended his greetings and sarcastically commented on the static setlist: "Thank you for dragging your carcasses along to hear a completely new set! Ha-ha-ha-ha... Ha-ha-ha-ha... Ha-ha-ha-ha, Ha-ha-ha... Alain's having a drink, it's that kind of night..." During the closing bars of "Suedehead" he said "Again, again, again... again..." and at the very end he exclaimed "Shazam!" The latter song was very well received by the audience so he told them "Now steady on, it's only Tuesday... you're not supposed to be this happy on a Tuesday..."
As Morrissey liked to do here and there, the first line of "Hairdresser On Fire" was adapted to area being visited: "Where is Utah, Jesus I'm in Utah, is it home of the free or what?" Some fans must have appreciated the nod because he followed those words with the request "No smiling!" One of the numerous lyric changes in that song at the time was "when he said I'm gonna screw you, I felt quite happy for you", but on this date Morrissey took it a step further and sang "when he said I'm gonna screw you, I felt quite sorry for you". After the song he thanked the audience, and they thanked back, so he insisted "No, thank you!"
"First Of The Gang To Die" was introduced by Morrissey with the announcement of his upcoming appearance on the Craig Kilborn late night programme: "This is one of our older new songs which we'll be singing on national television soon, in 2 weeks time, 3 weeks time... and, watch those cds go flying back to the stores..." He forgot to introduce the song so after its performance he did just that, and at the same time introduced the following planned number: "That was called 'The First Of The Gang To Die' and this song attempts to imagine the thoughts of Jack the Ripper... However, why I should know the thoughts of Jack the Rivver, Ribber, Ripper, Ribber (giggles) Jack the Ripper... why I should know, I don't really have any clue..."
Before going into "Late Night, Maudlin Street" Morrissey asked the crowd "Nothing to say? (someone shouts something about bassist Gary Day) We know Gary, we've known him for a long time... (giggles) Gary's our friend... Gary, they want you..." New composition "I Like You" was introduced with the line "This song is called 'I Like You'... or, as somebody last night had written across her (points to his chest) 'I Lust You'..." After the song he answered someone with the words "I'm not going anywhere..."
Following "Mexico" someone made a request and Morrissey answered "Say what? Seestah? What? Seasick? Oh yeah, no, I'm sorry... too complicated!" After "Sister I'm A Poet" he enquired "I did see the 'SLC Punks' film, and... there's a line in the film when somebody says 'Have you heard the new Smiths album, it's terrif!' So, has anybody heard that line? (crowd: 'no!') No... Do they really say 'terrif' in Salt Lake City? (crowd: 'no!') No. Am I just being silly?... Goodbye!" At some point into "Alsatian Cousin" he roared "Oh Jesus! Jesus! Almighty!" After "Little Man, What Now?" he said "That's right, just let it out! Let it out!"
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with "I'm only saying this because it's true, the world is full of crashing bores!... Oh yes!" The vegetarian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "We have been staying in really probably the nicest hotel in Salt Lake City and of course, nothing on the menu for vegetarians... Utah! So much to answer for..." After the song he said thank you in a Mr Bean voice. After "Speedway" he joked "Thank you for standing for so long... Thank you for standing me for so long... Blah-blah-blah..." Before going into the encore, he said "Well you've made it towards the end, and all I can say is: may God, or somebody who looks like God, always bless you..."
Purists may like to know that the JLW recording is available via a digital transfer straight from the recorder, or more commonly via an analog transfer.
A 30-minute soundcheck recorded earlier in the day is also traded between bootleg collectors. It features "A Swallow On My Neck", the yet to be introduced "Irish Blood, English Heart" and many takes of "First Of The Gang To Die", alongside various individual instrument soundchecks.
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