15 September 2002|
Open Air Theater, San Diego, CA
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe final of three dates on the 'Revolución 2002' festival was also the end of the American leg of Morrissey's 2002 tour. This concert went down quite well. Morrissey was very energetic, playful and talkative. The fans were slightly less enthusiastic than usual, perhaps because the venue was a seated one. Security was tight so no one tried to get on stage, even when Morrissey invited the fans to "...come closer if you dare".
Morrissey returned to a 17-song setlist, dropping "November Spawned A Monster" to make space for the new composition "Irish Blood, English Heart" which had been debuted the night before.
Because he had a plane to London to catch, instead of being booked being Jumbo and Jaguares Morrissey played before both bands. This is the reason why, as he entered stage, he greeted the audience with "Welcome to our soundcheck... this is the Morrissey matinee for very small people... come closer if you dare... Julia's here, we're here, nothing else matters... I know..." After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he first said "Thank you San Diego" in a funny voice then extended his greetings with "We're pleased that you're here, it would have been crap without you... (someone whistle very loudly) good whistle, that's a good whistle, you should work on that..."
After an extremely well received "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey joked "Somebody smiled and completely destroyed the mood of the night, never mind. Thank you for the flag, it's very nice... no, no smiling, no smiling, sorry, smiling isn't allowed..." After "Little Man, What Now?" he replied to someone then introduced the next planned number: "Yes, I know, I remember... this is just to prove that we can write new songs, this is called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'." The fan favourite "Jack The Ripper" was introduced with "You are in Whitechapel in 1888 and... if God is not on your side, you are tapped on the shoulder and you turn around and it's..."
After "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey first said "Thank you, we're most grateful..." then announced "This song is reasonably new, and it's called (articulates slowly) 'I Like You'." This was followed with another new composition and this one was introduced with "This song was originally gonna be called 'Don't Cry For Me Pasadena' but we thought that sounded a bit familiar so we changed it to (in Spanish accent) 'Mexico'!"
Before going into "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey proceeded with the now customary introduction of his band: "I don't know if you know this but... last year I had to spend some time in prison... it was nothing serious, it was just murder... while I was in prison I met four fantastic musicians and I'd like to introduce you to... Boz!... and to Gary!... and to Deano... and to Alain. And my name is Crazy Eddie!" The fan favourite "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was introduced with "We are... I'm not gonna mention national television again but... ever... but because today, tonight is like Sunday then we... dear, oh dear..."
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with "When I was a very little child, almost a baby, the first words I ever learnt to say were: The. World. Is. Full. Of. Crashing. Bores." The vegeterian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "I also wish you'd join the gang because... 'cause all the best people in the world are vegeterianos and, the rest of them can pfft! go to hell. Join the gang!" The recent live addition "Irish Blood, English Heart" was introduced with "This song is autobiography in two verses, it's called 'Irish Blood, English Heart'." After the song Morrissey simply said "Thank you, you're very kind... thank you for listening for so long..."
Before going into main set closer "Speedway" Morrissey said "We hope you enjoy Jumbo and Jaguares... Enjoy the rest of your night, and enjoy the rest of your life..." Immediately following that song's final note he shouted "Vaya con dios!" and went backstage for a break. When he returned his final significant words to the audience were "You've been very kind... May God bless you, may Oscar Wilde bless you, may Johnny Thunders bless you... Go with God!" Morrissey threw his shirt into the audience during the song, something he rarely did on this tour. As usual, the fans finished the song in a huge sing-along while Morrissey escaped the venue.
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