19 October 2004|
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
How Soon Is Now?This concert, which was blessed with a more energetic crowd than the previous few shows, will be remembered by a number of attendees as having been cut short by a mob of fans during the encore. Many people didn't know that his is how Morrissey often likes his shows to end and that nothing else was planned on the setlist after "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Morrissey was in the best of moods and fed on the love of the audience.
There was very little change in the setlist. The sequence was more or less the same and "Munich Air Disaster 1958" was replaced with "I'm Not Sorry". The latter song had been a setlist regular earlier in the year, but it was rarely played at this point into the tour.
Morrissey and the band entered stage at the end of the "Imperfect List" intro, strode to the front, put their arms around each other and bowed. They then headed to their respective spot and launched into opener "How Soon Is Now?". The Ryman Auditorium was the former legendary Grand Ole Opry and Morrissey remarked at some point on how privileged he was to be performing there. He commented on the 'Bush Country' signs he saw on his way to Nashville. He also complained about the lack of vegetarian cuisine ("All they offer here is flesh... if you are vegetarian in Nashville, you're screwed!") and mentioned something about trying to avoid colon cancer. He asked the fans "Do you really like it here?"
Boz started "Bigmouth Strikes Again" with his pedal muted so the band had to restart the song from the beginning. At some point Morrissey pushed his guitar player to get to the front of the stage and told him "You need to take a chance!". When he introduced his musicians he jokingly said that they used to be the original back-up band for Tammy Wynette. He complained about the recent Detroit¨ concert in a discussion with front row regular Julia Riley. He also discussed sitcoms as he had been doing now and then on the tour. In Nashville the sitcom discussed was Roseanne.
By "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" only two fans had made it on stage so Morrissey tried to stir a little action by saying "Those who made it up have a very special experience, which is likely a once in a lifetime experience... a great privilege... the night is still young!" This would not fall on deaf ears. When Morrissey returned for the encore, he and his band bowed again at the front of the stage then they all launched into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Immediately Morrissey was besieged with fans jumping the stage. Before he even finished the first verse he had to be whisked off by security. The band, who had seen this happen before, continued to the chorus, then ended the song. The house lights came up and Sinatra's "My Way" started, signalling the end of the concert.
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