30 August 2002
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

I Want The One I Can't Have
Hairdresser On Fire
Little Man, What Now?
First Of The Gang To Die
Jack The Ripper
Late Night, Maudlin Street
I Like You
Sister I'm A Poet
Alsatian Cousin
Everyday Is Like Sunday
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Meat Is Murder
November Spawned A Monster
/There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Morrissey was very well received in Denver, the audience was slighly more enthusiastic than the night before in Colorado Springs. The man was in great spirits and very talkative. However, there were troubles with the heavy handed and at times violent security. One male fan was pulled by his hair and Morrissey even had to interrupt the show halfway into a song to scold a bouncer for the way he was violently handling a female fan (read further down for details). There was no change in the setlist.

As he entered stage Morrissey's first words were "Denver, welcome to a night to forget!" After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he added "Thank you, so kind of you to turn up... it would have been crap without you..." Besides the numerous usual live lyric changes in fan favourite "Hairdresser On Fire" he also sang "So can you tease me into an empty page of your diary". After that song he said "It's so nice to be back in the Land of King Soopers! Jesus, they're the best!".

After "Little Man, What Now?" Morrissey greeted his favourite fan and introduced the next planned number: "Hello Julia... you made it... I made it... This song... is very old, it's about 4 weeks old... (shushes the audience)... and it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'... (roars) YES!" After the latter new composition he introduced what was next on the setlist with "And the next zinger is... is the thoughts of Jack The Ripper... of which I know everything..." After that one he announced "Our little covered wagon just rolled in from Colorado Springs... and tonight we roll on to... hmm hmm... Say what my man? To Santa Fray, we go to Santa Fe... and before Boz strikes a cord, God knows what's gonna happen in Santa Fe... Any idea Boz? Anybody been to Santa Fe? (crowd cheers) Did you stay?"

New composition "I Like You" was introduced with "I'd just like to... I'd like to thank you for hanging on through all the years of... all the years of shit from the press and... total indifference from the media... I don't know what it proves but thank you for hanging around... and, for that, 'I Like You'..." Following the song's performance Morrissey enquired "Are you all going to Aspen for the big rock festival? Yes? (most in the crowd say no) Why? I'd like a reason..." After "Mexico" he said "Thank you, you're very gracious (crowd cheers)... No, you are, you're very gracious, very gracious... (to a fan chanting his name) aah it's a beautiful sound..."

Halfway into "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey saw a female fan trying to make it on stage but security was trying to keep her back. He first told the fan "God bless you, God bless you... God bless you..." but seeing how the bouncers were starting to be quite brutal with her, he asked the band "let's stop the song, let's stop the song" and, looking at the main offender said "Just a minute, hang on, she's not gonna hurt you..." He then told the fan "Thank you for trying but... thank you..." and asked the band to restart the song. When it was done, the audience - whether because they really loved "Sister I'm A Poet" or because of Morrissey's intervention towards one of them - cheered particularly loud and long. Surprised, the man told them "it wasn't that good!"

Following "Alsatian Cousin" Morrissey said "I know your legs are weakening but have courage because... there's more (crowd cheers)..." After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" the audience broke into a chant of his name and he interrupted it with the introduction to the next number: "This is another new song which... which isn't about you, but... it's called... it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." The vegetarian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "Now I know you've been trying really hard over the years and... for some strange reason you think it's quite difficult... Stephen Sondheim would shit to write these lyrics... this song is called 'Meat Is Murder'..."

After "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey said "You're very nice... really really nice... too nice!", all the while putting a lot of emphasis on every occurrence of the word 'nice'. Before going into the final song of the evening he opened his heart and said "Well, you've been more than kind, and all I'd like to say is... please don't talk about me when I'm gone and... may Jesus, or a really close relative, always bless you... and, pathetically humble words but... thank you..."


There are two different audience recordings of the complete concert out there. The best one, credited to Jason Coble, is a bit muffled but sounds rather good. The other one is uncredited and sounds more distorted and boomy.


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