1 June 1991|
Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA
Interesting DrugThe presence of all the cameras seemed to have an effect on the atmosphere in some portions of the audience, but overall, the crowd in Costa Mesa was almost as enthusiastic as in San Diego. Many fans managed to successly climb on stage to hug their idol and shake his hand.
After entering stage, Morrissey shouted "Hello! Halla!" and teased the cheering audience. In "Interesting Drug", he changed a line to "You wonder why I'm only half-ashamed". After "Sing Your Life", he asked "Should I say something? Or should I not say anything?". After "Trash" he said "Well you've been very kind... which is very unusual... so thank you". In "Suedehead", for the first time in a while, Morrissey sang "Oh so many blank pages" instead of "Oh so many illustration".
The main set was again completed with a rocking version of "That's Entertainment" with frantic ending. After that Morrissey supposedly took Boz's guitar and pretended to play, but this might have happened earlier in the set because after that song everyone left stage for a break. As an encore, Morrissey did his cover of T-Rex's "Cosmic Dancer", and followed it by "Disappointed" without giving the fans time to applaude in between.
The 18000 tickets for this concert were sold out in only one hour. Soundchecks of "Sing Your Life" and "There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends" filmed before this concert were shown on MTV a week later along with interviews of the band members.
This concert and the pre-concert activities outside were taped by Tim Broad to be shown on MTV, but at this point in time, only "Will Never Marry", "Sing Your Life" and "Mute Witness" were shown on ABC's "In Concert '91".
Footage from the soundcheck and of the fans outside the venue before the show is the only other material from the Tim Broad recording to have made it on video bootlegs and on the internet.
An excellent soundboard recording of the whole concert is circulated on a bootleg cd titled "My Chance To Shine". The source may be the Tim Broad recording mentioned above.
The whole concert is also available on a bootleg cd titled "There's A Place In L.A. For Me And My Friends". It was produced from the same recording and sounds just as good. The plus side is that the gig is paired here with a full aborted concert from 1 November 1991 and a selection of songs from 4 October 1991 (although credited as London 1992).
An inferior sounding audience recording of the complete concert is also found on the internet.
The audio for the three songs broadcast on television programme "In Concert '91" is available on the mixed-content bootleg "Angelic Upstart".
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