3 September 2004|
City Hall, Perth
How Soon Is Now?This concert went quite well. Morrissey was in great spirits, playful and talkative. The audience was overall receptive but no one made it up to hug their idol. The stage was too small to accommodate the Vegas-style backdrop of 'Morrissey' letters in bright lights.
Morrissey made quite a few changes to the setlist, in sequence and content. The Smiths songs "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Rubber Ring" were replaced by "Shakespeare's Sister" and "The Headmaster Ritual". From the back catalogue "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" returned, taking the place of "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday". As for the newer material "Munich Air Disaster 1958" was replaced by "All The Lazy Dykes".
After quickly greeting the audience when he came on stage Morrissey's first significant banter of the evening came after "First Of The Gang To Die": "Thank you for dragging yourselves out tonight... and missing 'Monarch Of The Glen'... which I know you love!... and don't make fun of daddy's voice..." Of course the latter words served as an introduction to the future b-side "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" and after that song Morrissey interrupted the audience chanting his name to introduce "I Like You" with the line "This is from our recent album which is called 'Morrissey You Fool, You Are The Quarry' and (crowd laughs)... Somebody laughed! Not permissible!... and it's called 'I Like You'."
The Smiths classic "Shakespeare's Sister" was preceded by "And of course the past is a filthy place... (points at someone) especially yours..." After the song Morrissey added about the venue "I told you the past is a filthy place... however you will have heard that the City Hall doesn't actually have a future, have you heard that? And these are its dying hours and one of the last dying voices it will hear is mine (crowd cheers)... I'd like to put very small emphasis on the word 'dying'... however Burger King is on its way, McDonalds are on the way (crowd boos)... stop pretendin'..." After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he teasingly said "Pure bristle!" then quickly corrected himself by saying something undecipherable.
Upcoming single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with "We're about to release a new single which will be stocked in all sensible wool shops in Perthshire... and it's called..." After the song Morrissey introduced his musicians: "Would you please say hello to these lovely wee lassies? Here is Boz Boorer... here is Gary Day... here is Deano... here is the sensational Jesse Tobias... and here is a man of many parts, Mikey V Farrell..." After "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" Morrissey pointed at underwear that had been thrown on stage and said "People are throwing their underwear on stage... and the only complaint I have is that they haven't been worn... which I like... Say what? What did he say Julia?"
After "The Headmaster Ritual" Morrissey complained "I see some of you would rather talk... songs actually get in the way, don't they? It's bound to happen one day... yeah!". In "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" the line "most people keep their brains between their legs" was followed by a shout of "yummy!". After the song Morrissey returned to the subject of television and asked "Do they still make that programme called 'Take The High Road'? No? Well it's just as well because nobody watched it... Took them them 30 years to find out, but..." After "Now My Heart Is Full" he answered someone's request with "I really don't think so... It's a beautiful song though..."
Before launching into "All The Lazy Dykes" Morrissey announced "Now I know you think that you don't have dykes in this city but... look to the left of you..." After "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" he tried to decipher things shouted at him then asked "Are you bored stiff yet? (crowd: no!) How come?... Yeah?" Following the line "where mad mad lovers must pause and draw the line" in "November Spawned A Monster" he growled like an angry wild animal. He added emphasis to a line further down the song by singing "because it's the closest you will get to love, believe me, believe me..." The song was very well received and Morrissey told the loud audience "Thank you for the whistles... don't hold back, let it out!... I was joking... or was I?"
Before main set closer "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey said "Before we go, thank you for listening, thank you for being patient and Jesus! thank you for (?)" When he returned to the stage for the encore he and his band got into one line, arms across each other and bowed. At the end of the final song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" the audience joined Morrissey in a loud singalong of the song's chorus. The man then stopped singing and let the audience carry on while he basked in this warm display of love.
An audience recording is circulated in audio form on bootleg cds and in digital format on the internet. However this is the audio ripped from the DVD bootleg mentioned above.
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