9 September 2002|
Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA
I Want The One I Can't HaveAfter two dates in Las Vegas, Morrissey returned to California for the few remaining dates of the American leg of the 2002 tour. Everything went down well, but because the venue was a seated one, there was less energy coming from the audience. The fans were still very appreciative. Morrissey was as talkative as ever, if not more. The stage was unprotected and not very high, so quite a few fans made it up to their idol during the encore. There was no change in the setlist.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with a few simple hello's but after set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he added "Welcome to our poetry recital... for those of you who don't know, no, we are not Hall And Oates..." (Hall And Oates were scheduled to perform at the same venue a few days later). Someone was shouting loudly following "Hairdresser On Fire" and the singer asked "What's that my man? (shushes the audience) This boy speaks (shushes the audience; fan asks for "Manana!") Next song, quickly!".
The first of the recently added new compositions was introduced with "These are very short little songs but they mean a lot to us and... nobody else! This song is as new as they come, which doesn't mean much, it's called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'..." After the song Morrissey thanked the audience and had another chat with a shouting fan: "Thank you, you're very polite... Yes, my boy? (fan: "Morrissey, I love you!") I know... I know... you just have to carry it through your life... it's a burden..." The following planned song was then introduced with the line "I have it on the highest authority that these were the thoughts of Jack the Ripper."
In "Late Night Maudlin Street" Morrissey sang the line "You without clothes, I could not keep a straight face" to someone in the audience. After the song he told that same fan "I thought you were someone else..." He then enquired about the name of the venue: "Who exactly was Luther Burbank? Does anybody know? Do you not know? No? Mayor of... of where? So nobody really knows who he was... I am an idiot, he was a poet, oh God!" Then new composition "I Like You" was introduced over its opening bars with a simple "This is called 'I Like You'!"
"Mexico" was introduced with the line "We wrote this song while happily seated at a Fast Mex. Do you know Fast Mex? No... Nobody knows Fast Mex? Oh God... Boz, do you know Fast Mex? (Boz says no) Yes, but this is where we wrote the song Boz, at Fast Mex!" to which Boz replied "Oh yeah, I was there just last week!". After the song Morrissey chatted again with shouting fans: "Yes, just feel free, say it, say it man, we're all listening... You know if you stand this close I might spray you (fan: "with what?") Rude, very rude..."
After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey proceeded with the now customary band introduction: "Could I please introduce you to those without whom... in the right corner, Boz! Boz!... In this corner, Gary!... And thataways, Deano!... And thisaways, Alain!... That's all you need to know..." After "Alsatian Cousin" someone threw a caricature of Morrissey on stage after trying desperately to get the man's attention: "What? What's happened? For me, why? Why is it a pity... Where? Oh Jesus! This is me!? This is me!? No eyes, no nose... thank you..."
Following "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey thanked the audience "...enormously" then enquired "Did anybody ever see the Hitchcock film 'Shadow Of A Doubt'? (fan screams) Does that mean no? (fan screams again) Yes, you did! (fan screams again) You did! And it was filmed here! (in a funny voice) It was filmed here in Santa Rosa, I cannot believe it!" Then the next song was introduced with the words "This song is... well you know, I know, you know, she knows... Yeah! Well you know, I'm just one very small person, I can't... this is called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'!" Then, as the opening notes of the song were heard he told someone "Ha ha ha, very funny..."
Morrissey at this point suffered from minor voice problems so after "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" he apologised: "Sorry about the crackles, sorry about the crackles, I have Petaluma throat... Oh, I can't hear what you're saying..." Then "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "I know that you're all vegetarians because all the best people are... so we will play this song for people that you know... (to someone handing him a jean jacket) What's that my man? Speak!... Oh! So beautiful... (Morrissey takes the jacket) Well, I will teasure it, thank you!" Unfortunately, by the sound of his voice Morrissey might have been sarcastic.
A fan enquired about the triangle form Morrissey did with his fingers during the dramatic ending to "Meat Is Murder" and the man replied "It's the mark of the Volvo. Do you know? You should know... I know!" Then to some other fan, in a funny voice: "I don't know what you're saying my man, talk slower... Take your teeth out, as I keep saying..." When he returned after a break to do the final song his parting words were "Thank you for your hospitality... our little covered wagon has one word on the front, and it says Fresno, Fresno... so before the wheels roll I'd just like to... (answers a shout) You'll see me tomorrow, will you? Tsk-tsk-tsk, crazy lad... You what? Oh, mañana, yes, tomorrow, mañana, yes... (returns to his goodbyes) May God, may George Eliot, anybody bless you... Thank you!".
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