29 August 2002|
Music Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
I Want The One I can't HaveThis concert went down well but it wasn't the most memorable of the tour. Morrissey was in good spirits and talkative as usual. Unfortunately the crowd wasn't the liveliest. Security wasn't too difficult and a few fans made it on stage, one of them even jumped from a 20-foot speaker to get there.
The setlist was the same as earlier on this tour, but for the first time the pair of "Alsatian Cousin" and "Little Man, What Now?" was split up, the latter moved up the setlist and segued from the extended outro to "Suedehead".
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted his audience with "Hello Colorado Springs! Again, again, again, again..." The sound engineer then mistakenly played the motor sound from the intro to "Speedway", which prompted Morrissey to growl before saying "Hello how are you, nice to meet you (giggles)... and I'm ready!" After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he extended his greetings with "Welcome to an evening of music hall... and thank you for the welcoming weather..." Following this he had to ask someone to "...steady on".
After a very well received "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey announced "Yes, in case you didn't know, it's gonna be that kind of night... and it's got to be better than the Dixie Chicks anyway... Jesus! Jesus! Save us from the Dixie Chicks... Boz has just mentioned his banjo..." New composition and future classic "First Of The Gang To Die" was introduced with the line "This song is relatively new, except to some people, and it's called (appears to be distracted by something)... If I may, if I may, if I may... it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'..." At the very end of the song Morrissey asked "Where am I?" and shouted "Bla-bla-bla-bla-bla!" Then, to a fan who kept shouting "Morrissey, we love you!", he jokingly replied "Believe me it will pass and you will discover girls..." After a short pause he added "Alain's just cracked a joke... (fans ask him to share it) you are too young to know... and I'm too old to forget..."
Following "Jack The Ripper" the audience broke into a chant of Morrissey's name and the object of the chant said "A beautiful sound..." Then, because his name had been written as 'Morrisey' (with one S) on the venue's marquee, he said "By the way it's two R's and two S's. I don't know how they put it on the tickets, can anybody tell me? Two R's and two S's? One S? One S? (sounding very disappointed) Oh, Colorado Springs!... (pretending to leave) Goodbye!" However despite what was answered back to him, his name was spelled properly on the tickets. As for the marquee, the correction was being done by two employees as the fans were entering the venue.
After "Late Night, Maudlin Street" someone corrected the earlier fan about Morrissey's name on the ticket: "What did you say my dear? Essence? What? Oh there's two S's? Are you sure? That means I have nothing to complain about... damn it!" Then the yet-to-be-released "I Like You" was introduced with "This song is reasonably new and strangely enough it's called 'I Like You'..." After the song Morrissey told someone "Yes, what will it be this time?" before introducing another new composition: "This song is also quite new, if you can bear one more, and it's called... it's called as the man said - or is it woman? - 'Mexico'."
After the latter number Morrissey commented "You're very game... and you've all traveled from Denver and (undecipherable growl) Where? Kan... What? (puts on American accent) Kansas? Do you mean Kansas City? (fans ask him to go to Kansas) Well we haven't been invited, we wait 'til we're invited y'know... Oh alright, tomorrow? Yeah..." The live arrangement of "Alsatian Cousin" featured a barking dog sample in its bridge so Morrissey followed this night's performance with the comment "No laughing at my dog please, he's very tired. He's at the back and he's really tired... no laughing at my dog..." Then before going into the next planned number he said "So, it's not Alien Ant Farm, as you can tell, so you might be bitterly disappointed - or not maybe, I don't know..."
New track "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the comment "This is a very placid and minor observation on modern life, and you'll all agree I'm sure... it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." After the song Morrissey added "And if you ever watch CNN, Jesus! The world is full of crashing bores... God help us all..." He then introduced "Meat Is Murder" with "This song will not appeal to you macho types... but we don't care... it's erm... Can it be explained? Can it be explained? A man must have his wings apparently... I don't think so..." After the song someone shouted for "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and Morrissey replied "I'm not stopping you!".
Halfway into a line from "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey had a sudden hiccup. After the song, before going into the main set closer, he thanked his audience by saying "You've been very brave, you're still here... and no sign of Billy Ray Cyrus... who comes on later... (someone hands him something) Say what? What? For me? Thank you..." Meanwhile a stage jumper had somehow gotten backstage and jumped off the right-side speaker stack down onto the stage, which caught Morrissey by surprise. As the fan was tackled by security and hauled off Morrissey told him in an deep American accent "Dude you're getting a Dell!". Then to himself, as the opening notes of "Speedway" were heard, he said "Bats in the belfrey..." The latter comment was surely due to the fact that the jumper had jumped from so high up.
The fans didn't cheer very enthusiasticly for an encore, so when he came back on stage after a short break, Morrissey exclaimed "Nobody's twisting your arm..." Then because his musicians were taking a long time getting ready to launch into the encore he added "I'll be working with tapes tomorrow..." When everyone was finally ready, he said "Well thank you for being so kind and patient. All I can say is: this face is leaving town in ten minutes. Be on it!" and the band launched into the final song.
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