23 September 2007|
San Francisco (CA), The Fillmore
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThe first date of Morrissey's 4-day residency at the San Francisco Fillmore went down very well. Morrissey was amazing, funny, and looked pleased. The audience was a bit mellow but receptive, and the fans sang along to most of the songs. There were a few minor sound problems, but most of the crowd didn't even notice. Security was tight but not brutal, and still no one attempted to get on stage. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey's most remembered quote of this show went something like "Did you know that medical science has figured out a way to make an artificial womb inside a woman? Which means, of course, that she can have a baby. It follows that they can put an artificial womb into a man. Well, I put my name down on the list. In fact, I am the list. And I am going to inseminate myself with my own sperm so there can be absolutely no doubt who the father is." He also said "I've never been one to schwing a cat, but if one were to schwing a cat, there isn't much room here..."
One third into the set Morrissey proceeded with the customary introduction of the band. He started "To those of you who like to fiddle around on the internet and give us your opinions about absolutely everything, which we all really need, I just want to tell you one thing..." He then went on to introduce each of his musicians with all their middle names. He started with Boz and when he got to Jesse he introduced him as "Jesse 'County Jail' Tobias". Then Michael was introduced as "my father, Michael Farrell." After "Stretch Out and Wait" Morrissey said that the song was his personal motto. After "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he said it was not about Paris, Texas.
Morrissey also chatted with fans in the front rows. One fan who was handed the microphone complained that 35$ was too high a price for the concert shirts. Morrissey replied: "Don't buy it. Don't stress. Don't buy it. Just stay home. Knit." Another fan thanked Morrissey for singing "Stretch Out and Wait", while another one asked if the man in the backdrop image was Richard Burton from "Look Back in Anger".
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