2 October 2002|
Ambassador Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
I Want The One I Can't HaveThis first of two consecutive Dublin dates was probably one of the best concerts of this tour. Morrissey always seemed to enjoy playing in Ireland and it showed here. He was at his best, playful, funny and talkative. He often spoke with an Irish accent and used Irish expressions such as "Bejaysus!" The fans were also very receptive and enthusiastic. There were many attempts by fans to make it on stage, but none were successful. A cameraman was seen filming for an upcoming documentary for Channel 4 in the UK, as in Paris and London a few days earlier. Some of this footage may or may not have surfaced in the 2003 documentary "The Importance Of Being Morrissey".
Setlist-wise the highlight of the two Dublin dates must have been the only ever live performances of "Nothing Rhymed", a cover of a Gilbert O'Sullivan song. The rest of the setlist was the same as it had been earlier on the tour. "Mexico" was planned as a possible second encore, but not done.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with a shout of "HIYA!" then "Hello... welcome to our little gig... which is the longest running British situation comedy that you'll ever dislike..." After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he extended this with "Thank you for darting along on the DART to see our little gig... How'r'ya Julia... Julia's here, Boz is here, Alain's had a tablet, let's go..." (The DART is the Dublin Area Rapid Transit) After "Little Man, What Now?" he teased the crowd by saying "Well it's very nice to be at this hometown gig and (crowd cheers loudly)... was it something I said Julia? I don't know..."
Over the opening notes of "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey joked about the venue's name: "I don't see any ambassadors..." and right before he had to start singing he said "You may as well smile..." After the song he teased the crowd again: "So it's not too sweaty for you, you have enough air and you can breathe and, what the hell and... it's only life..." New composition "First Of The Gang To Die" was then introduced with "You probably don't know but we've actually signed a new record deal (crowd cheers loudly)... we've received an offer from Supervalu Supermarket, we couldn't turn it down and... this is one of the new songs - sort of - which is gonna crash back into the pop charts with... I don't think..."
Morrissey filled the gap between "First Of The Gang To Die" and "Jack The Ripper" by introducing both songs: "That song was called 'The First Of The Gang To Die'... which our irregular regulars know very well and... it's nice to see so many familiar faces after all these years... and I have it on very high authority from an Irish journalist / broadcaster / writer who will remain nameless - Eamon Donnelly - that these, exactly, precisely, without any question, were the thoughts of Jack the Ripper..." Over the opening bars of "Jack The Ripper" he then enquired "Why am I alive? Why am I alive? Are those words?" After the song he joked "And I'm especially delighted to be in this venue because, as I think some of you know, in 1970 I was born in the Rotunda Hospital..."
Morrissey then introduced "I Like You" simply by giving its title. Over the song's opening bars he asked someone "Is that supposed to be me?" He changed a line in the song to "magistrates who spend their lives shielding their mistakes". After the song he commented on a female fan's high-pitched screams by saying "Good luck with your tonsilitis..." The fan favourite "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was then introduced with "I can smell burning rubber, which means Boz has grabbed his banjo, which means..." After that song he told someone "You know, I heard what you said and you shouldn't really say that unless you really mean it or, unless you're prepared to do something about it... (roars like a tiger) So..."
Morrissey used his customary introduction of the band as an introduction to his cover of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Nothing Rhymed": "So... I spent the last evening in a leather bar on the Liffey and... I met four wonderful Bowsies who I'd like to introduce you to... over yonder is Boz!... over hither is Gary... over yonder is Deano... and you once knew him as Lassie but now he's Alain!... and I am, for now, Gilbert O'Sullivan..." After the song he joked "And tomorrow night I wear the short trousers... so stand well back!" He then told his favourite fan "It's a crazy life Julia, and it just gets crazier and crazier but... I tell you that in secrecy..."
After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey joked "And since we did a version of 'Nothing Rhymed', Gilbert has agreed to do that..." Then new composition "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "This is something I don't really need to tell you but... I'm standing here, I have a microphone, so I may as well tell you... (gets interrupted by fans, answers 'what? from tearing you up probably', then returns to subject) You can see all the people who are doing, bejaysus!, 3 nights at The Point. You can see all the people who are doing, bejaysus!, 2 nights at The Point and, bejaysus!, you know very well... you know, you know the world is full of crashing bores..."
After "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" someone shouted for "Lucky Lisp" and Morrissey replied "You don't mean 'Lucky Lisp' do you? Jesus, we've never played 'Lucky Lisp'... and we never will!... What? Shut up! Shut up!" The vegetarian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was then introduced with the words "The moral of this next song, and yes it's a song, and yes it has a moral... the moral of this next song is... be careful, be careful where you sink your teeth because..." Before going into "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey had a word about his opening band: "We hope that you enjoyed Sack... who we love and you should be very proud of your musical heritage and the current musical scene here with Sack and the Pony Club and the Thrills... You should be very proud, these are fantastic groups and... and this is called 'Irish Blood, English Heart'." It is no surprise that the latter number was very appreciated by the Dublin crowd.
Right before going into "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey exclaimed "And Westlife can just kiss my arse... If! if they're lucky!" Over the opening drone of "Speedway" he adlibbed "You've shown us great understanding and... things like that... things that I can't actually think of... and I don't have to, let's face it... It's free as a bird... and in a world of strangers, free as a bird... (to the screaming fan again) your tonsils are really bad you know..." His parting words before going into the encore were "You've made us very happy and... in return I sincerely wish that God will bless you, that Oscar Wilde will bless you, that Johnny Thunders will bless you, but most of all... please don't talk about me when I'm gone..."
A vinyl bootleg titled "The First Lost Lad Under The Sod" features "Nothing Rhymed" from either this concert or the following Dublin one, 4 songs from 10 September 2002, 3 Janice Long radio sessions from 2002, "First Of The Gang To Die" from an uncredited date and a track titled "Don't Forget..." (Morrissey saying goodbye to his audience at the end of a 2002 concert, possibly Malmö 24 October or Birmingham 30 October).
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