29 September 2007|
Santa Barbara (CA), Santa Barbara Bowl
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThis was a good show, but not the highlight of this tour. Morrissey was in top form, very chatty and he looked like he was enjoying himself. However the venue was only half full and although the audience was appreciative, it was not the most enthusiastic. This even prompted Morrissey to try and stir the fans into action now and then throughout the show. One or two of them tried to make it on stage, but none was successful.
Once again the setlist was completely resequenced and many changes were made to its content. "London", "Billy Budd", "At Last I Am Born", "Girlfriend In A Coma" and "I Will See You In Far Off Places" were replaced with "The Boy With The THorn In His Side", "Tomorrow", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", ""Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy".
As on the previous date there was no walk on music before Morrissey's entrance. Keyboardist Michael Farrell played a few notes of some tune (anyone?) then the band launched into set opener "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before". In the latter half of the song Morrissey must have been distracted by action in the front rows because at some point he hummed a few words and near the end he shrieked like a tortured animal. His greeting to the audience came after that opening number: "Welcome to our private disco!" After "First Of The Gang To Die" he tried to stir a bit of action by saying "Just remember that... the more noise you make, the more people outside will be convinced a concert is happening here..." Instead of the usual change to "Anne Sexton you will always be" in "You Have Killed Me", he sang "Anne Sexton you will try to be".
Following "That's How People Grow Up" Morrissey had the following advice for his fans: "So, as you've noticed, it gets much darker much quicker now, which means you must watch yourself coming home from wherever you go because something thrilling could happen to you! And we don't want that to happen!" He followed "Sister I'm A Poet" with the pun "Brother, I'm a poet..." As he sang "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself", he kept pointing at the stage and gesturing for people to get up there and join him, saying things like "Go on!". After the song he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "They used to be extremely successful musicians, but look at them now... stuck! Michael Farrell... (crowd cheers very loudly) not too loud... Jesse Tobias... Matt (pretends to search for his name) err... Walker!... Solomon Walker... and the years come, the years go, but there always remains, Boz Boorer..."
In "Stretch Out And Wait" Morrissey followed the line "And is there any point ever having children?" with the improvised "Oh-oh-oh-oh... no no no!", with accompanying wag of the finger. For some strange reason he said "onomatopeia" over the song's very ending. Then after a pause he introduced his traditional chat with fans in the front rows with the line "Every day of my life I wake up, eventually, at the crack of noon, and I look in the mirror and I say to myself - because there's never anybody else there - I say: you don't know everything. In fact I don't know anything... No? (hands microphone to fan who says his existence is priceless, then to Julia) Julia! (she asks him how he is) I'm... I think I'm okay, but I don't like to make any rash statements... Would anybody like to speak? No? Okay... Anybody like to speak? No? (fan says he looks gorgeous) When was the last time you had an eye test? I can't take compliments... Am I gonna get any more?... Sorry..."
After "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" Morrissey asked "So very soon you will have your election and who exactly will you vote for? Who will you vote for?" Some people answered 'Morrissey', someone answered 'Kucinich' and the singer replied "very contentious". After a few more answers he asked "Well tell me something, just tell me one thing... Do you really think there is one small boy in the whole of America who wants to grow up to be George W Bush? (giggles) I dont think so..." This was followed with a mix of cheers and boos, and it is unclear whether these were aimed at Morrissey or George Bush. New composition "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" was simply introduced with the line "This is a new song, and it's called 'One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell'." As he often did when he played new songs, Morrissey followed it with the self-deprecating comment "You don't mean it, but thank you... I know the world..."
Over the opening bars of "I Like You" Morrissey mock complained by saying "musicians..." After "All You Need Is Me" he joked "We quite recently played the song 'Death Of A Disco Dancer' (crowd cheers) and I received thousands and thousands of letters from people begging me not to play piano... so I didn't! And I never shall again..." The latter number was actually played on and off on this leg of the tour, but it was not on the setlist on this very date. Morrissey interrupted his singing halfway into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" to tell a fan who was probably trying to get on stage, "Worth a try, worth a try..."
"I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" was humourously introduced with the line "This next song is called 'Let's All Get Real'... One person laughed, really it was me... and they broke our mood..." After the song he said "he was (undecipherable)...." Before going into "In The Future When All's Well" he teased the crowd by saying "Okay before you nod off..." These were to be his final words until the parting ones delivered before doing the encore : "You know my name, look up me number, drive safely, don't kill me..."
"If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me" was heard at soundcheck but the song never ended up making the setlist on this tour.
The show was filmed and the complete "First Of The Gang To Die", "You Have Killed Me", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "All You Need Is Me" and "Let Me Kiss You" were shown at the end of 2007 on LATV's "En Concierto" programme. The show also featured four more songs from the Hollywood Palladium concert from 11 October 2007, a Morrissey interview and interviews of latino Morrissey fans.
A good fanmade audio recording of the complete set has made it to common circulation (recorder: JG). The existence of a second audience recording is suspected.
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