13 November 2004|
The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
Shakespeare's SisterThe final American date of 2004 was anticlimatic. Morrissey seemed to be going through the motions while the fans were not very enthusiastic. It looked like Morrissey had given up on the tour: there was no opening band, the Vegas-like backdrop of Morrissey's name in tall lit letters wasn't carried along from Los Angeles (only the glittery curtain was), and Morrissey didn't wear the priest outfit he had been wearing since Halloween. The good side of this is that some shirts he wore instead throughout the evening were sent into the audience to be fought over. The musicians were dressed in kilts. No one made it on stage, the fans were kept away from it by a barrier.
Many fans anticipated to be treated to a 20-track setlist and three encores as in Los Angeles, but it wasn't so. The set was more or less typical of the rest of this leg of the tour. The audience was still given rare performances of "Friday Mourning", "Shakespeare's Sister" and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday". Meanwhile, regulars such as "November Spawned A Monster", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Now My Heart Is Full", "Rubber Ring", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "I Like You" were not played.
At some point Morrissey asked where everyone was from and kept asking if anyone was from Silverlake. When he said "Los Angeles?" and the crowd cheered, he said something like "you're crazy!" In "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", instead of "something got stuck in his throat" he sang "someone got stuck in his throat". His favourite subject the previous few weeks had been the recent American election in which George W Bush had been re-elected, much to Morrissey's dismay. In Las Vegas he told the crowd "I don't know if it was rigged, but I don't know anybody who voted for him!... But then I never leave the house... ever..."
At some point Morrissey proceeded with the customary introduction of his musicians. He introduced them as the "ravishing beauties" and when it was Jesse's turn he was announced him as "...the everlasting Jesse Tobias". Morrissey finished with himself, saying "...and I am a pain in the ass." In similar self-depreciatory mode he also said "It's not an easy job being Morrissey but someone has to do it." At some point someone gave Morrissey a piece of paper and he told the fan "Uh No, sorry... not tonight... but happy birthday... and if it's any consolation, and it's probably not, it's also my mother's birthday today." Morrissey introduced "Let Me Kiss You" as "absolutely revolting." As he had done the night before in Los Angeles he bent over during "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and almost mooned the audience.
Near the end of the show Morrissey thanked "the irregular regulars", as he called the fans who followed him on tour. He mentioned how he thought the tour had been "interesting" and when the crowd cheered he added "I didn't say it was fantastic!" He seemed to be annoyed that people were shouting while he was opening his heart. Before "How Soon Is Now?", as he had been doing elsewhere, his final banter sounded like a farewell: "Just remember... whatever happens, I love you..." He finished this final song on all fours, with his back to the audience.
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