4 July 1992|
Les Eurockeennes Festival, Belfort, France
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideAfter the cancellation of his Glastonbury appearance there were many apprehensions that Morrissey might not show up at this other festival appearance, but he did. The man seemed in great spirits, perhaps a bit distracted at times, but this is no surprise given that this was the first concert of the tour and a festival one where the crowd included fans and many non-fans. Morrissey's performance was still much appreciated by both the public and critics. At some point he dressed himself in a British Union Jack, something that he would stop doing after the upcoming Finsbury Park events.
Most of this set had never been played in front of a live public before. Many tracks were taken from the soon to be released "Your Arsenal" album. Actually 8 of the 10 songs from that album were played, all for the first time ever with the exception of "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" which had been debuted at the tail end of the 1991 Kill Uncle tour. Some earlier b-sides which had not been played on the Kill Uncle tour, such as "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" and "Girl Least Likely To", were also done here for the first time. Finally, there was the surprise cover of Suede's "My Insatiable One". Three songs were on the set list, but not played: "Tomorrow" after "Alsatian Cousin", "He Knows I'd Love To See Him" before "Suedehead" and "Disappointed" at the very end.
After set opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", Morrissey thanked and greeted the audience, and asked "Do you feel sleepy? (crowd: No!) Good..." He played (actually scratched) the first notes to "November Spawned A Monster" on a violin which he then threw into the audience. Most of the set was new and unfamiliar to the fans, but the singer decided that "Certain People I Know" was the only one that needed an introduction: "This song is new, and it's called 'Certain People I Know'." The only other Morrissey banter of the evening came after "Girl Least Likely To", when he replied to someone in the audience with "Yes! yes! ha ha ha ha ha!"
A brief 5-song excerpt of this concert was broadcast on FM radio (source is unknown). The songs broadcast were "Certain People I Know", "You're The One For Me, Fatty", "Glamorous Glue", "The National Front Disco" and "Seasick, Yet Still Docked".
Note: A recording from 15 December 1992 going under the title "Live In Manchester" is sometimes incorrectly listed under this date and venue because of an error in the credits of that bootleg's back artwork.
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