20 October 2004|
Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY
How Soon Is Now?This show went down well and was positively reviewed by fans and journalists. Morrissey was in great spirits, very talkative and he threw one of his shirts into the audience. One person only made it on stage, which was quite a contrast to recent gigs.
The setlist length was brought back down to 17 songs. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "How Can Anobody Possibly Know How I Feel", "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "I'm Not Sorry" were dropped while "Now My Heart Is Full", "Rubber Ring" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", which hadn't been played for some time, were reinstated.
Morrissey's first words of the evening as he picked up the microphone were the greeting "Louisville I offer you, I offer you... my life..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he extended that with "Welcome to a perilous evening at the Palace Theatre... this is where... this where the fun turns very nasty... you're (?)!" After "November Spawned A Monster" he greeted his most dedicated fan: "And hello to Julia who is our constant guest, and a constant guest is always warm to the heart... even mine which is made of wood..." He then introduced "I Like You" with the line "This is from our reasonably new album - well it's not really new but - 'You Are The Quarry' and it's called, it's called 'Good Heavens, I Like You'..."
After the latter number Morrissey explained "Are you... I know some of you are wondering why we haven't previously been to Kentucky... well, you didn't ask us here! We're not gonna force ourselves upon you and... but tonight we shall and when all else fails there's always the revolting past..." The 'revolting past' in question was "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and after that song, which was very well received by the audience, Morrissey introduced his musicians: "They wear skirts but really, they're very very stout lads. Would you please say hello to the maestro, Boz Boorer... to the two and only Gary Day... to the mighty Deano... beyond all belief, beyond science, Jesse Tobias... and a man with a part, Mikey V Farrell... and I'm just tagging on, just hoping I can make a friend here and there..."
Following "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" Morrissey announced "Well, since this is an old vaudevillian music hall, I see no reason why the vaudeville should not continue... here I am!" After the song Morrissey changed into a fresh shirt, this one black, and said "So black shirt means more serious... Deano with no shirt means what?... Nobody knows... take us as we are!" After "Now My Heart Is Full" he explained "That song was called 'Now My Heart Is Full' which it frequently is, but then there are days when it isn't... it that unusual?" In "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" he adapted a line to America: "Last night the plans for a future war was all I saw on CNN".
Before going into "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey handed his microphone to Julia and asked her "So as you drove towards Louisville any observations? (she mentions a PETA billboard just outside of Nashville; Morrissey adds) You know the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals yes? Thank God you do, thank God you do because as I was saying in Nashville this touring entity is completely vegetarian and we don't eat any flesh of any kind, whether it be animal, or human... However the exception would be Laura Bush I think... Miam! Miam!"
Before going into "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" Morrissey answered someone's request with "Oh, please don't make me sing that song, please don't make me..." He then asked "And the last, the last really super-hip band, singer to swing by in town was who? (gets various answers shouted back, such as Loretta Lynn) Who? Who? Who? Oh joke? No? Who? I think we'll move on to the next song..." After "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" he said "I believe that song was played once on a radio station in Lexington... at 5am... and that's all I can be proud of, that's all I can boast of... sorry..." Current single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with the words "Amazingly we have a top 10 single in England... so (?) must obviously be at an all-time low... and this is the song, and it's called 'Nobody Knows'..."
Following "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey teased the audience by saying "You should only applause if you have a valid reason, you know that don't you?" He then introduced "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" with "And slightly earlier I mentioned the mesmerizing Laura Bush and... incredibly strange person she is and, suffice to say (some fans shouts something) It's funny, the people who shout always have really high-pitched voices... (returns to the subject) Suffice to say, not you, Laura Bush, the world is ffffull of crashing bores..." After the song Morrissey was handed a gift from a fan and asked her "Well... what's this? Uh? This is your friend? (fans says something that sounds like tacky artist) Tacky artist? Thank you... just kidding, just kidding... Me? This is called 'Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice'."
Before main set closer "You Know I Couldn't Last" Morrissey answered someone's question with a simple "Yes..." His final banter before going into the encore was the ominous "Thank you for your time, thank you for coming here... it's nice to meet you at last... even if my herding days are over... well I've been told, but thank you anyway..." In the song itself he rewarded a fan trying to make it on stage with shouts of "Be brave man! Be brave!", "Yes you can!" and "thank you boy!".
Do you have information about this concert? Or do you own an uncirculated recording of it? If yes please contribute and get credited.