2 September 2002|
Club Vallare, El Paso, TX
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe first of two consecutive dates in El Paso went down well despite the extreme heat and the fact that it was delayed by at least one hour because of over-booking. Morrissey was in good spirits and very talkative. He commented on the heat and overcrowding, and thanked and saluted his audience in Spanish here and there. The stage was very high so no one even tried to climb up to their idol. There was no change in the setlist.
Upon taking the stage Morrissey greeted his fans "El Pesos!... Hola!". He would refer to El Paso as "El Peso" a few more times throughout the evening. After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he had to address the heat and the overbooking: "I hope you breathe... I hope you're not too squashed..." In live performances of "Hairdresser On Fire" he usually changed a line to "when he said I'm gonna screw you, I felt quite happy for you", but on this date he took it a bit further by singing "...I felt quite jealous of you".
The latter title was extremely well received by the Texan fans and after it Morrissey returned to the earlier subject: "This must be the smallest venue in El Paso... and I hope nobody faints because this is a really cheap show and we can't afford any... medics..." Besides being quite high the stage was also very small, which prompted him to say after "Little Man, What Now?": "I have about three inches to move around so I feel like your average battery hen and... well that's it really..."
Morrissey bridged the gap between "First Of The Gang To Die" and "Jack The Ripper" by introducing both of them: "If only to prove that we can actually write new songs, that was called 'The First Of The Gang To Die' and this song is incredibly old and it's 'The Thoughts Of Jack The Ripper'." After the latter number he said a word to his favourite fan: "Julia it's a hot one, we'll never get away from El Pesos alive... hopefully (crowd cheers)... you cheer and you don't even know what I'm saying... which is very nice... By the way we come from Los Angueles..." In "Late Night, Maudlin Street" he slightly changed a line to "every slag waves me one, secretly wishing me gone".
After the latter song Morrissey cryptically said "God thank you for Santa Fe... I can write science too..." He then tried to introduce "I Like You" but it took some time before he finally managed to do it: "This song is... This song is like... Say what? What's that Boz? Boz has got nothing to say... This song is called... it's called 'I Like You'!" New composition "Mexico" was then introduced with "This is another song, a new song which mentions this state, but it's not meant to refer to you, it's meant to refer to everybody... outside..." After the song he jokingly announced "That song was called 'Texico'... not 'Mexico'!" The man then proceeded with the introduction of his band members: "Do you mind if I introduce you to the boys from the Ponderosa? Everybody knows Boz... everybody knows Gary... everybody knows Deano... everybody knows Alain... and my name is Old Shep..."
After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey replied to someone shouting to him from the audience: "Yes my man, what do you say today? You say, would you like to marry me... these days I'm too poor, I'm far too poor, but thank you..." The following number was "Alsatian Cousin" and, like most of the "Viva Hate" material, it was very well received, which prompted Morrissey to add after thanking the audience: "You've being very gracious... and we're very appreciative and... well that's it really..."
There was a huge crowd singalong to "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and the the fans also cheered it very loudly after its performance. This time Morrissey said "Thank you but I must tell you it's really not that good, not really, but thank you..." He then introduced the following planned number with the line "This song will test your leg power, it's a new song and it's a very simple statement... (gets interrupted by shouting fan) What? Where are you from? (back to introduction) It's called - nobody knows this song - it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." After it he added "That was called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores' and if you've heard of Elton John, you know it's true..."
"Meat is Murder" was preceded by this short speech: "Some people say: seafood... but we say: sea life... and some people say: wild animals but we say: free animals... and do you think that maybe you can even go just for one month or one year without killing anything?" The epic "November Spawned A Monster" was also very well received and this time Morrissey said "You don't really mean it, but thank you... Jesus! Jesus!" Before going into set closer "Speedway" he said "Just a quick question... cheers, a quick question..."
For the first time on this tour, Morrissey removed his shirt and threw it into the audience near the end of the show. He used to do this very often on previous tours, but had stopped the tradition up to this point in 2002. Encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was preceded with "Our little covered wagon is about to take us back to the Ponderosa, but before we go, thank you for being such a... Jesus! Such a good looking audience... And one final question, one final request, and don't be too shy to speak up..."
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