11 October 2007|
Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood Palladium
Jack The RipperFor many people who attended most of the Palladium shows, this one was the best up to this point. Morrissey appeared to be in good spirits, he was chatty and sounded amazing. He himself probably didn't agree that this was the best show because he suffered from microphone/monitor problems which forced him to cut songs short or skip lyrics. He was visibly irritated at times and some fans feared at some point that he might just walk off. But he never did and he was actually very playful through it all. The audience was very receptive. There was no serious attempt to get on stage until the encore when it seems like everyone tried at the same time. Security was quite brutal in making their best not to lose control.
The sound problems didn't stop Morrissey from playing a 22-song setlist, which is one or two more songs that the usual set length of this tour. The highlight was the reintroduction of three titles that hadn't been played in some time. The fan favourite "Jack The Ripper" as well as "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" returned for the first time since 2004, and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" was played for the first time since the summer of 2006. "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "I Like You", "That's How People Grow Up" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" were the other returns. To make space for these, the following numbers were temporarily dropped: "London", "You Have Killed Me", "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", "Good Looking Man About Town", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Let Me Kiss You".
Morrissey entered stage at the end of the "Imperfect List" and greeted the audience with a shout of "This is a pre-dawn raid!". After set opener "Jack The Ripper" he extended this with "Welcome to the 43rd night of our 79 nights at the Hollywood Palladium..." Over the final bars of "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" he shouted "Some... of... us... is... turning nasty...", which were the words found on the base drum's skin at the time. After the song he said "You have come back for your fix...", which got a cheer of approval from the crowd. After "Sister I'm A Poet" he answered someone in the audience with the words "Yes, I agree, I agree!"
Morrissey slightly extended a line in "Tomorrow" to "I never even said I wanted to, be honest! Well did I..." In live performances of the song at the time he usually changed the second occurrence of the line "through my shiftless body" to "through this useless body", but on this date he sang "through this hopeless body", which got a roar of disapproval from the audience, so he added "Yeah!" As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" he said "I would never lie to you in order to spare your feelings, but if you go beyond those doors (points) those doors, I think you'll find - in fact I'm sure you'll find that the world is full of crashing bores..."
Following "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "In every aspect of life I cannot act as an individual, so hence Michael Farrell... hence Jesse Tobias... hence Matt Walker... hence Solomon Walker... hence the indestructible Boz Boorer..." After "I Like You" he asked someone "What the hell does it mean? I wish I knew..." After "The Loop", in which he invites the listener to "by all means call me", Morrissey jokingly announced "I don't even possess a telephone, I don't! Why would I need one?". After "Death Of A Disco Dancer" he said "When there's so much in life that we cannot do, it's astonishing if we find something that we can do and obviously, I'm still searching, and give me two or three more years and maybe, maybe..." He extended a line in "Billy Budd" to "but everyone's laughing... as they should!"
Morrissey followed the final note of "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" with the comment "Of course you wouldn't tell!... Why don't you find out for yourself... instead of always blah-di-blah-di-blah..." He usually sang the original single version lyrics of "Stretch Out And Wait" at the time, but on this date he switched to the alternate version as heard on the compilation album "The World Won't Listen". However he changed one line in the latter version's alternate intro to "your face I can see, and it's moderately kind, but what's at the back of your mind". As on the previous date he sang "it's the Manchester blood in my veins" and after the line "is there any point ever having children", he handed the microphone to fans in the front rows. They shouted "no!" in unison, and Morrissey just rewarded them by saying "my brethren..." After the song he started to say "Some songs Julia..." but the rest was undecipherable, until he said "Have you noticed? Have you noticed? Some of them..."
Morrissey slightly changed a line in "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" to "and the smiling children tell you that you smell". After the song he thanked the crowd, then self-deprecatingly added "Thank you Julia... We have a sympathetic report, but we don't mind, we'll take anything..." The sound problems really started during "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". Near the end of that song Morrissey stopped singing and let his musicians finish as an instrumental. After this was done he apologised to the audience: "I'm sorry, I couldn't hear it properly, it was a bit (makes boomy sound)... So we should try again, a different song..." New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the line "Yesterday we appeared on the Carson & Phyllis show... or was it Carson Daly? Which I think is transmitted tomorrow... and we sang two songs, one of which is this..."
The sound situation got even worse during the latter number. Near the end of it Morrissey grimaced and asked "Is this horrible? Should we stop? (makes cutting motion; band stops) That's horrible... (crowd disapproves) Yes, you must agree... it was horrible... Julia?... Is the sound alright? (crowd cheers) Are you wearing headphones? Well, if at first, you don't succeed..." With this the band went into the next planned number, despite once again the problem being only Morrissey's monitor, because everything sounded fine for the audience. Following "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey asked "Are we not men? No? Too difficult?". He then thanked someone and told a fan "...and to the person who's been holding the Southpaw sign for the last five years, it's a beautiful song but erm (looks at his hands in a timid way) nobody knows how to play it..."
Morrissey changed a few lines at the beginning of "All You Need Is Me" to "could that be because all you need is me" and "you roll your eyes up to the skies and pretend to be horrified". Near the end he sang "You probably won't miss me when I'm gone". He punctuated an occurrence of the chorus line in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" with a shout of "not me!". After the line "I'm not naturally evil", he added "not naturally..." He then let the audience sing most of the rest of the song. When they sang "just to make myself more attractive to you, have I failed?", he replied with a shout of "YES! Really!" He adlibbed many minor changes in "Life Is A Pigsty", such as "go ahead, shoot me and throw me off a train". Besides the usual live changes in "How Soon Is Now?" he extended a line to "you cry and you want to die and what else? Nothing else..."
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encore, his parting words before the final song were "You traveled all the way from Little Armenia... and, dear God we're grateful!" The Palladium just erupted for "First Of The Gang To Die". It was a mass assault on the stage as people from all over charged the barricade. Morrissey had a difficult time singing and couldn't hide his broad smile as he emphatically cried out twice, "I have to save my people!". The struggle continued as he let out his usual grunts and said things like "I'm trying!".
Morrissey's people as well as a crew from Los Angeles' LATV were in the venue filming the show. Four songs from the set were featured later in the year in a LATV special programme on Morrissey and his latino fans, alongside a Morrissey interview and five other songs from an earlier show in Santa Barbara. The four songs from this show are "Jack The Ripper", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" and "The Loop".
A good audience recording of the complete concert is circulated on audio bootlegs (recorder: JG). There is a second audience recording of the complete or near-complete set out there, but this one is still being kept as trading currency. The two files Of "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" circulating on the internet may or may not be from the latter recording. The only other thing that can be found on the internet at this point in time is the audio lifted from the Youtube material mentioned above, minus "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "All You Need Is Me".
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