9 October 2007|
Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood Palladium
LondonThis was all around a good show. Morrissey gave the best of himself, he was somewhat chatty although perhaps not as much as he could be at the time. The crowd was not as energetic as Southern California crowds usually are, but it was still appreciative. It woke up when the band launched into "How Soon Is Now?". Through the latter number and the encore it looked like everyone was trying to make it on stage, but only one fan was successful.
Once again Morrissey changed half the setlist for the benefit of people who were seeing many consecutive shows. On this date fans were treated to "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" for the first time on this leg of the tour. They were also treated to the rarely played b-side "Good Looking Man About Town". The other returns were "London", "You Have Killed Me", "Billy Budd", "Death Of A Disco Dancer", "Stretch Out And Wait", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Let Me Kiss You". The following numbers were temporarily dropped: "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", "The National Front Disco", "Lucky Lisp", "Ganglord", "I Will See You In Far Off Places", "I Like You", "Human Being", "That's How People Grow Up", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite".
Morrissey didn't greet the audience until after set opener "London". He first shouted something undecipherable, followed by "Welcome to the Lion's mouth!" Among the many lyric changes of "You Have Killed Me" he also sang "Diana Dors you will never be" and "I forgive you, just about". He thanked the crowd in Italian ("Grazie!") at the end of the latter number. After "Billy Budd" he told the audience, "Thank you for living dangerously, taking risks, being here and being you..." He changed a line in "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" to "With a funny wife beside him". After the lesser known b-side "Good Looking Man About Town" he self-deprecatingly said "Thank you for applauding a song that you didn't know and that you don't like... Am I causing trouble? I hope so!"
Besides the usual lyric changes in "All You Need Is Me" Morrissey also sang "You know who it is and you do like what it means". After the song he proceeded with the traditional introduction of the band: "As always, thank God, the key to my existence, the core of my existence, with me, Michael Farrell... Jesse Tobias... Matt Walker... Solomon Walker... somebody screamed... that's very worrying... the impregnable Boz Boorer..." Following "Death Of A Disco Dancer" he made a comment that was very well received by portions of the audience and not so well by others: "I'm quite certain that yesterday was Columbus Day and I'm baffled., I'm baffled by the fact that he is said to have discovered America when there were already people here (crowd cheers)... However, however, this is usually said by people who actually think America is a white country. It never was... for which we're really thankful!" After new composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he repeated the song's final lyric, "you've made yourself plain."
As the band was taking too long launching into "Stretch Out And Wait" Morrissey intimated "For now!" Besides the usual lyric changes in the latter number he also sang "it's the Manchester blood in my veins". Following the line "is there any point ever having children?" he handed the microphone to fans in the front rows who screamed "no!". The band Tiger Army had once recorded and released a cover of Morrissey's "The Loop", so after the latter number Morrissey jokingly announced "That was a song made famous by the wonderful Tiger Army. Yes, we have taste!". After "Tomorrow" he said "So, the whole point of existence, if I may say so, is to make some sense from the mess (rest undecipherable)..." He looked like he didn't know what to add so he handed the microphone to his favourite fan: "Julia, save me! (she tells him that she completely agrees with him; Morrissey adds) Julia agrees with me! Which means we all agree with Julia (someone shouts something rude about Julia) Oh, stop it!"
Over the closing bars of the Smiths classic "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" Morrissey shouted "It's really a song! Sing me a couplet!" Then "Stop me!... You didn't stop me!" He was probably alluding to the recent cover of the song by Mark Ronson which had gone to #1 in the UK because he then asked "Did you like the recent cover version that sold 55 milion copies? Would that be a no? Does anybody like it? Jesse do you like it? (Jesse: absolutely not!) Jesse beats around the bush..." After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he asked someone "Where is he?" One female fan made it over the barrier during "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" so Morrissey said "Well she is man enough!" He then felt he had to make it clear that he wasn't implying anything about her looks, so he added "...by which I mean, you know, she's man enough, I don't think she looks like one... I do apologize... Julia, I didn't mean that she looked like a man..."
In live versions of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" at the time Morrissey usually changed the chorus to "let me have who I want", but on this date he sang a very hearfelt "so, just for once in my life, just once, let me have who I want". After the song, someone shouted "Morrissey you look fabulous!". The singer asked "Say what?... (fan repeats; Morrissey giggles) I thought that's what you said..." He changed a line in "Let Me Kiss You" to "I've zig-zagged all over Silverlake". He was constantly distracted by people trying to get on stage during the classic "How Soon Is Now?", and missed lines. He would reward the brave ones with thanks and other words of appreciation.
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encore, he teased the crowd by saying "Je suis Morrissey, you're the one for me fatty... Thank you, God bless you..." The encore was "First Of The Gang To Die" and he added emphasis to its opening line by singing "You have never been in love until you've seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs... trust me!". He again had a difficult time singing as he reached for the hands of fans who wanted to shake his or were trying to make it on stage.
This evening's additions "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" and "Good Looking Man About Town" were heard at soundcheck alongside a bunch of other songs that were about to return to the set in the following few days, such as "Jack The Ripper" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", as well as others that would not end up being played on this tour, such as "The Never Played Symphonies" and "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"
Some footage of this date (source unknown) has been included on a bootleg 2-DVD set featuring material from all Morrissey shows at the Palladium in October 2007.
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