5 November 2002|
Brixton Academy, London, UK
I Want The One I Can't HaveThis was Morrissey's third concert in London on this tour and it was a success. The audience was very enthusiastic, although perhaps a bit rough at times. There were many attempts to get on stage and quite a few were successful, particularly near the end of the show. Morrissey and his musicians fed off the crowd's energy and were in apparent great spirits. There was no change in the setlist.
After coming on stage Morrissey greeted his fans "Good evening ruthless people... we are ready!" while balancing his microphone at the end of its string. After a very energetic "I Want The One I Can't Have" he added "We've come to you directly from Miles Platting... and it's nice to see all your faces... well, most of them..." The audience sang along loudly to "Suedehead" like they would for many songs throughout the evening. At some point into that song Morrissey encouraged a fan who was trying to climb on stage with "Come up my boy! (then, as he failed) Nice try!"
After "Little Man What Now" Morrissey announced "We've been following our friend Julia around on tour, we're only here because of Julia... Please, say hello to Julia, please!" He then introduced "Hairdresser On Fire" with "This song is about Eastborne." After that one he said "Thank you, you're very kind... welcome to the evening of s-s-s-song and dance!" Following "Speedway" he asked the audience about their appreciation of the two opening bands: "Did you enjoy those lovely Irish Colleens, Sack! We love Sack. Did you enjoy the Libertines?" Newish composition "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was then introduced with "Well, if I may make a slight request... Bring me the head of Elton John (crowd cheers)... because the world is full of crashing bores!"
After the latter number the audience broke into a chant of Morrissey's name and the object retorted "It's a wonderful name but look where it's been..." He then introduced the next planned song with "A small conundrum: Steve Marriott... Joey Ramone... Brian Jones... Billy Murcia... 'The First Of The Gang To Die'." A line in the latter title was slightly extended to "you have never been in love until you've seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs... believe me!" After the song Morrissey said "And if you have any requests, please... keep them to yourself..." then introduced "Jack The Ripper" with "This song is about... possibly... the most famous person who ever came from London... Can you guess? Can you guess?"
Following "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey proceeded with the traditional introduction of the band: "I was having a drink one night in the Doghouse in Kennington and I was struck by four remarquable glass collectors. Could I please introduce you to... Boz... the two and only, Gary... would you believe all the way from Rochdale, Deano (crowd chants 'Deano! Deano!')... and we have no idea where he came from, Alain!". During "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he interrupted himself to tell someone "very funny!" After the song he asked his favourite fan "Are you okay Julia? I hope so cause this is a really cheap show, we couldn't rescue you if anything went wrong..." He then introduced "I Like You" with "This song, Boz, is called... this song is called 'I Like You'." After the latter number he stretched it to "This song was called 'I Like You'... please take it personally..."
After "Alsatian Cousin" Morrissey went on a long rant: "I'd just like to mention that... a Northern newspaper called the Manchester Evening News... well... as I've said before, we think it's a newspaper, but we're not really sure... and they ran a poll with their readers to see who would be the greatest Mancunian, and... you will never guess who won the poll... (crowd cheers) and also, it was obviously against the wishes of the newspaper because the spineless bastards printed in their report that I actually hate Manchester. Well, I absolutely do not hate Manchester, I love Manchester and... (crowd cheers very loudly) Do you mind? Do you mind if a rather crooked record is set straight... Do you mind? (crowd: no!) I didn't think you would..."
"And of course, no more lecturing... You're old enough to know exactly however shish your kebab may be, you know exactly where you can stick your shish kebab!" was this date's introduction to "Meat Is Murder". After the song, as the end of the concert was getting near, Morrissey started on his round of thanks: "Brixton is almost at the end of our three months tour de force... we were forced to tour... and lots of people followed us all over the world, believe it or not... and I'd like to thank them, they know who they are... and I'd also like to thank all the people who came to Birmingham, Bradford, Blackburn and Glasgow, which were the best nights of my life... and I am indebted..."
Morrissey was handed gifts and watched as some people tried to get on stage throughout "November Spawned A Monster", and this distracted him from his vocals now and then. The Smiths classic "Hand In Glove" was introduced with "And we're doing this next song simply because we must." After that song the audience broke into another chant of Morrissey's name and this time the man just giggled and repeated his thanks. Before doing the encore he gave his fans a very emotional goodbye: "Thank you, you've made us terribly happy... Will it last, I don't know but, all I can say, from my smelly old heart is thank you..." At the end of his vocal part in "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", while his fans sang loudly along to the final chorus, Morrissey left the stage after saying with a voice trembling from emotion: "The pleasure, the privilege is mine... Goodnight, God bless you, I love you!"
As for audio, two different audience recordings of the complete concert can be found on compact discs and/or in digital format on the internet. The best of the two sounds good, it was recorded by Soundsville International's Steve. The other one is slightly below average and remains uncredited. One or the other are sometimes seen with artwork under the titles "Bring Me The Head Of Elton John" or "The Greatest Mancunian".
The existence of a third audience recording is rumoured.
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