8 June 2007|
Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood Bowl
The Queen Is DeadThis was one of the best concerts of this stretch of the tour. Morrissey looked in superb form and sounded extremely good. He was very chatty with fans in the front rows. The Los Angeles fans love Morrissey and they were very appreciative on this particular occasion. At least 20 of them made it on stage, particularly during encore "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side". The only minor complaint was with the sound. Some people found it wasn't loud enough, others thought it was too distorted, but this could probably be blamed on the type of venue.
This concert was recorded for later DVD release. The crowd was therefore treated to a record 23-track setlist. Part-timer "Lucky Lisp" was replaced with "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", and "Girlfriend In A Coma" and "First Of The Gang To Die" were reinstated. But most importantly, surely because this was being recorded for a DVD, Morrissey added "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" as a third encore. The song had only been done once before on this tour, at the very beginning.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted the audience by shouting "Hurray for Hollywood!" After set opener "The Queen Is Dead" he added "Thank you and welcome!" Over the opening notes of "Ganglord" he simply stated "Song of Sweetzer Avenue!" The latter words were a reference to the street on which Morrissey lived in Los Angeles until he sold his house there. Before going into "The National Front Disco" he announced "...and, more dangerous from here on in, probably..." A few lines into that song he rewarded one fan's attempt to get on stage with "nice try..." After the song he declared "So it's 15 years since they allowed me into the Hollywood Bowl (crowd cheers) so... thank you for either sustaining your interest or for renewing your interest or, if you were born in the last 15 years as most of you were, I'm very grateful..."
Morrissey changed a line in "Let Me Kiss You" to "I've zigzagged all over Los Angeles". He followed that song with the introduction of his band: "So in this very dramatic and traumatic... opera, the longest surviving cast member is Boz Boorer... and the newest wonder of the world is Solomon Walker... drumming, for you, is Matt Walker... here we have Jesse Tobias... and last, and most certainly least, Michael Farrell... and I'm an old harpsichord that nobody ever plays..." He followed one of the final occurrences of the line "You don't like me but you love me / either way, you're wrong" in new composition "All You Need Is Me" by pointing at someone in particular and saying "you too!". After the song he asked a fan in the front row "how are you?" and handed her his microphone so she could answer. She thanked him for playing the Hollywood Bowl and Morrissey, taking back the microphone, told the audience "I paid her to say that..."
After "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" Morrissey said "I never thought that people would ever be sentimental about that song... it's a wild wild world. However, when you've been hanged as many times as I have, you no longer feel being beheaded, and you come to the Hollywood Bowl and you just sing whatever hell you like..." After an extremely well-received "Irish Blood, English Heart", he added to the subject: "...and of course you only have to think of all the incredible legends who walked on this stage... Charles Nelson Reilly... Bob Hope... Phyllis Diller... (lowers voice) and me..." He added emphasis to a line in "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" by extending it to "can't you see how your rules spoil the game!" He followed that song with the observation "So this is really the hippest place to be apart from... apart from the Cat & Fiddle of course... Did I say that? I think I did..."
Besides the many usual lyric changes in "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey also extended a line to "win yourself a cheap tray, if you can..." After "In The Future When All's Well" he thanked the audience and was thanked back, which prompted him to add "yes, but thank you though..." Following the line "I will see you..." in "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he adlibbed "Maybe, I don't know!" Later into the song he told someone "I can't fly..." and then later still, to someone else, "Yes, very nice!" After the latter number he handed his microphone to more fans in the front rows: "Can I ask you a question? Where do you live? (fan says Echo Park) Really? So you've been traveling by yourself have you? (she says she's among the irregular regulars) You sound very proud... (skips over someone) You've spoken once, Tom... (another fan said something about exposing the younger ones and calls out for Andrew, Morrissey adds) Andrew? (waits) He didn't wave back..."
Morrissey shouted "yes!" and made a "I did it!" gesture at the very end of "Girlfriend In A Coma". He referred to the first fan's answer in his introduction to "First Of The Gang To Die": "And while we're on the subject of scrawny Echo Park... yes scrawny..." Halfway into that song a fan handed him a t-shirt. He said "lovely, lovely", took it and tucked it into one of his back pockets until the end of the song when he threw it back into the crowd. Following the latter number, it was his favourite fan's turn to be addressed: "So Julia, what happens next? More... (she says 'I Just Want To See The Boy Happy') Did you hear what she said? Do you believe her? So do I..."
Morrissey added emphasis to a line in "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" by singing "for my own life I have never cared anything". Similarly in "You Have Killed Me" he sang "Piazza Cavour, what the hell is my life for, I dunno, I dunno..." New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the request "If you can, if you can grit your teeth, just for three minutes. Can you? Go on... 'That's How People Grow Up'..." The song must have gotten a lukewarm response because after its performance Morrissey sarcastically said "Don't get too perky!"
After one occurrence of the line "it's the same old S.O.S." in "Life Is A Pigsty" Morrissey shouted "help!". His performance of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was a very emotional one and he looked like he was fighting tears. Before what was expected to be the final song of the evening, "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", he shouted a quote from another of his songs from the same era, "Glamorous Glue": "We look to Los Angeles!" He extended a usual lyric change in "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" to "You cannot do it by yourself anymore, any longer, forever!" One of the fans who made it on stage during that song was rewarded with Morrissey quipping "Very brave!... Whereas others..." Over the closing bars of the song he shouted "So that's what you get for leaving your condo!"
At this point, people who had been following the tour on the internet expected the show to be over. However Morrissey stepped back up to the microphone, took a bouquet of flowers that were handed to him ("For me?"), then asked "So in your filthy dreams remember me this way..." This was an introduction to the surprise third encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". In the song Morrissey extended a line to "it's not my home, it's their home and I'm welcome no more... was I ever?". He also said "very funny!" to someone, between two lines. At the end of his vocal part he walked to stage right and smiled for a bit. He then teased the audience by pulling on his shirt collar, as if asking "should I take it off or not?". He finally did and threw it into the crowd before leaving.
Morrissey used the audio from Warner's recording on some of his subsequent releases. The live at the Hollywood Bowl recordings of "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "The National Front Disco", "Let Me Kiss You", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "I Will See You In Far Off Places", "First Of The Gang To Die", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and "Life Is A Pigsty" were featured on the bonus cd included with the limited edition of his 2008 "Greatest Hits" compilation. The American edition of the latter album featured one bonus track, "That's How People Grow Up" from this show. The latter live version had previously been offered for download in certain parts of the world when the studio version was released as the first single off the anthology.
In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl version of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was released on the 2010 reissue of "Everyday Is Like Sunday".
The audio from the above DVD has also leaked on the internet. It features the full set minus the bit of banter which was edited out of the DVD, in great sound quality. For completists, two different audience recordings of the complete concert have also made it into the hands of bootleg collectors. The best of the two sounds average and is credited to benchboy. The other one sounds rather bad, it is loud and distorted and is assumed to have been recorded by Julian.
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