5 July 2004|
Quart Festival, Kristiansand, Norway
Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's VoiceMorrissey's appearance at the Quart Festival in Norway went down very well. The man was in great spirits and very talkative. He made many references to Norway or Norwegian band A-Ha. The crowd's reception was quite good given the presence of people with different musical tastes in the audience. The stage was quite high and distant, so no one made it up to hug Morrissey. There was no change in the setlist. It was the same as it had been on the past few festival dates and would be for the remaining two weeks of the festival circuit.
Instead of greeting the crowd when he came on stage Morrissey surprised the audience with his own adaptation of the chorus from A-Ha's 80's hit "The Sun Always Shines On TV": "Touch me, how can it be, believe me, the sun never shines on... Kristiansand!". After set opener "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" he said "Very nice to see you... why are you here? Why?... Hello! Yes, yes, yes, yes..." After "Shakespeare's Sister" he looked around for his favourite fan "Julia?..." then said "Thank you, people in Norway very kindly placed our album at number 5... Number 5, it's called 'You Are The Quarry', nobody knows and, thank you for buying it..."
The Smiths classic "The Headmaster Ritual" was introduced with the line "Well Julia as we all know, the past is a dark hole full of secrets and this is 'The Headmaster Ritual'." After the song Morrissey interrupted a chant of his name to tell someone "Thank you for these, I'm very grateful..." In "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" he changed a line to "How I love all of the very simple things of life, me, how I love all of the very simple things of life, such as..." After the song he chatted with some fan who came from the same area of Manchester where Morrissey grew up: "Are you sure? What does your doctor say? (fan: the Stretford boys are here) Uh? From Stretford? Impossible? What street do you live on in Stretford? It's impossible, Derbyshire Lane? Oh God, I feel pressurized now..."
Before going into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "So could I please introduce you to 'they who must be obeyed'... namely please say hello to Boz!... please say hello to Gary... please say hello! to Deano... please say hello to our good friend Little Barrie... please say hello to, a man of many parts, Mikey!... and my name is Morten!" The introduction of himself as 'Morten' was another reference to the Norwegian band A-Ha whose singer is named Morten Harket.
Newest single "First Of The Gang To Die" was introduced with the line "We have a new single which is released in Finland in two weeks, and it's called..." After the song Morrissey replied to someone with "Why? Why, what will happen?" He then introduced "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" with "We hope you've had a good time at the festival but it must have crossed your mind occasionally that - apart from us of course - the world is full of crashing bores..." Album track "All The Lazy Dykes" was introduced with "Norway has very many many wonderful dykes and we love them and this song is for them..." After the song Morrissey introduced it again, but this time he said "That song was called 'All The Lazy Fjords - Fords - Dykes'! and... was that funny? Yeah? I don't think so..."
Morrissey started to introduce the cover of Raymonde's "No One Can Hold A Candle To You" but then decided to let Boz to the work: "This song is called... Boz? It's called yes... Boz would like to talk to you now... (Boz: it's called 'No One Can Hold A Candle To You'; Morrissey stresses) candle!" After the song Morrissey asked "Any requests?... Who?" but the band and he still went with the planned "Rubber Ring". Before going into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey said "Well, summer in Norway is a beautiful time. It's freezing cold but very beautiful. It really is a beautiful country, so never move, never move... (then to someone in particular) oh you have moved, you're from England..."
The complete concert minus "Let Me Kiss You", "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "I'm Not Sorry", "Irish Blood, English Heart" and most of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was broadcast on Norwegian radio NRK P3. This was in all appearance also webcast. "Let Me Kiss You" was shown on Norwegian television programme Lydverket on the NRK1 channel, on a various artists special on the Quart Festival. This was also webcast on the Quart festival website.
The television footage of "Let Me Kiss You" is often found tagged at the end of DVD bootlegs from other dates from this tour.
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