7 September 2002|
House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe second of two consecutive Las Vegas dates went down as well as the first one. Morrissey was in top form and the audience was very receptive and enthusiastic. The fans sang along to many songs, as they had done the night before. Security was still tight, but there were more attempts to make it on stage, and one fan succeeded near the end. Unfortunately, despite Morrissey's promise the night before, the setlist wasn't changed, it wasn't even resequenced. The man even jokingly acknowledged this at some point early in the show (read further).
Upon coming on stage Morrissey greeted his fans "This is my life Nevada!" After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he added "Thank you for crawling back...Thank you for crawling back..." The fans drowned out Morrissey by singing loudly to "Hairdresser On Fire". Besides the numerous usual live lyric changes in that song Morrissey also sang the less common "can you tease me into an empty page of your diary". After the song he interrupted a chant of his name to joke "As you can see, it's an all new repertoire..."
The crowd also sang along loudly in "Little Man, What Now?" and at some point Morrissey stopped singing and let them finish a line. Then, new composition "First Of The Gang To Die" was introduced with "This is a new song which we completed today at the Laughing Jackal... no we didn't... it's called, it's called, it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'..." After the song Morrissey made an announcement and introduced the next planned number: "And we will sing that song on your national television in a few days which... I have to keep mentioning because... it's so incredible and... well also on your national television they constantly say that serial killers become serial killers because of... because they're inspired by film and television, and I think the subject of this next song is no exception... it's the thoughts of Jack The Ripper..."
After the latter title Morrissey interrupted another chant of his name, this time to introduce "Late Night, Maudlin Street": "This is a song from our lovely album called 'Viva Hate'..." Then the next planned number was introduced with "This is a new song, which is called... 'I Like You'." After that one Morrissey proceeded with the now customary introduction of the band: "So... I would like to introduce to you... I'd like to introduce... I would like to introduce the musicians to whom I'm so very proud to be associated... would you please put your teeth together for Boz!... Please put your knees together for Gary!... Please put your ankles together for Deano!... Steady on... Would you please put everything together for the wonderful Alain!... And I am an old Fifties rocker called Fabian... and this song is called 'Mexico'!"
After "Mexico" Morrissey replied to something shouted to him with "Very rude... Did you hear that? Just seven, what's that? (listens to Alain say something) Alain cracked a joke and in the usual way..." Following "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey replied to someone else's comment or sign with the question "What does that mean? Too hot? You're nervous?" The fan favourite "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was introduced with "Boz is ready with his banjo... which means just one thing..." After the song Morrissey told a fan "Look I told you last night, you want me to hear you, you have to take your teeth out... That's what I do!" then introduced the next song: "You already know this but the world is full of crashing bores."
The vegetarian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "So... once we've established that the world is full of crashing bores, it naturally follows that our next song is anti- (pronounced antee) or anti- (pronounced antai)... violence... antee-violence, antai-violence, take your pick..." As if the latter song wasn't serious enough, he introduced "November Spawned A Monster" with "And now if we could get serious for a moment... we will..."
Before going into main set closer "Speedway" Morrissey said "You have, as always, been fantastically attractive and... I'm very proud to know you and I'm really proud to be associated with you..." The only fan who was successful at climbing on stage did it halfway into this song and, while keeping an eye on the situation, Morrissey stopped singing for a few lines. When he came back on stage for the encore he asked "Please remember that, please remember that whatever happens in the future... with my cowardly heart, I love you very much, thank you..."
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