16 October 2004|
Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
How Soon Is Now?This concert went down well but it wasn't the most memorable date of the tour. Morrissey was quite good, talkative and sexually suggestive. The audience was appreciative and reasonably receptive. Throughout the evening, one person made it on stage. The Milwaukee fans were treated to the (at this point in time) rarely performed "Munich Air Disaster 1958" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" instead of "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel" and "Rubber Ring".
As usual Morrissey walked on stage at the end of the "Imperfect List" intro but on this date, because this was Milwaukee, the latter intro was preceded by the theme to the American television programme from the late 1970s/early 1980s "Laverne & Shirley". When he picked up the microphone Morrissey's first words were "Milsquakee, hello to you..." After set opener "How Soon Is Now?" he added "Thank you for coming this way... it would have been so lonely without you..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he asked "You're famous for many things: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Jeffrey Dahmer... which are you most proud of?" After one more number he said "Thank you to those of you who bought 'You Are The Quarry'... this is off... You don't know what to say now..."
The Smiths classic "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was introduced by Morrissey with the line "Once upon a time there was an album called 'The Queen Is Dead'..." For some reason he said "We're not very nice people" before going into "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice". After the latter number he started the customary introduction of his musicians with the words: "I'm delighted to be working with Jobriath's old backing band... you don't remember Jobriath?" He then handed the microphone to front row regular Julia so she could answer his question. As usual he chatted with her now and then between songs. On this date at various times he asked her where she was and if she was cold.
After "Munich Air Disaster 1958" which was the more obscure number of the evening but still very well received, Morrissey asked "You know what that song was called?". The crowd favourite "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" was followed by the line "That was from a delightful album called 'Bona Drag'... (crowd cheers) I wasn't fishing for a compliment... should I be proud?" The crowd sang loudly along with Morrissey during "Everyday Is Like Sunday". After the song the man enquired "Several years ago we played Madison. Some of you were there? Sorry..." After "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" he more or less returned to the subject "We also played a place in Milwaukee called Riverside (crowd cheers)... You must be very old now..."
The Americans were about to go to the polls so Morrissey had to share his political views with the audience before "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores": "It may be a fact that the world is full of crashing bores, but it's the only world we've got. So what do we do about it? (fan: vote out Bush!) But how did we get there in the first place? Bwaa ha ha ha ha ha..." He later returned to the subject when he said "I also think Dick Cheney and his wife are horrible people. I think they know it, but they don't care..." When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey's final words before going into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" were "Years come and years go, but the tears remain. Right, Julia?". For some reason Morrissey left at the end of his vocal part, without saying goodbye.
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