4 February 1995
Civic Hall, Motherwell

Billy Budd
Have-A-Go Merchant
Spring-Heeled Jim
You're The One For Me, Fatty
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Whatever Happens, I Love You
We'll Let You Know
Jack The Ripper
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
The National Front Disco
Hold On To Your Friends
Used To Be a Sweet Boy
Now My Heart is Full
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
An incredible amount of fans made it on stage during this concert. There was constantly someone hugging, touching, running to Morrissey, and the man seemed to be in his element and generally in good spirits. There was no change in the setlist.

Entering stage, Morrissey greeted the crowd with a roaring "Hello!". At the beginning of set opener "Billy Budd", he shook a tambourine which later ended up in some fan's hands. Just like the previous night, Morrissey had written the word 'SELF' on the thing's skin. In "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" he roared "It's war!" and sang the slightly alternate "you're asking for it... and it you shall get". After that song Morrissey teased the audience with the words "We were told that if we came here that nobody would turn up, so thanks for making the effort and err... etc..."

Before "We'll Let You Know", the crowd broke into a chant of Morrissey's name. There was a false start in that song, which prompted Morrissey to exclaim "Oh just a minute". While waiting for the musicians to take care of something that needed to be fixed, the crowd broke into another chant, then Morrissey tried to fill the gap by chatting a bit with the audience: "I'd just like to say that err... we have the tiniest..." The situation was finally resolved, Morrissey exclaimed "see!" and they resumed the show.

Since the last tour, partially because of the live album "Beethoven Was Deaf", the lesser known b-side "Jack The Ripper" had become a fan favourite. "The National Front Disco" still ended in an extended chaotic jam of feedback the same way it always did when performed as set closer on the 1992 Your Arsenal tour. An interesting addition however was having the song's noisy ending segue into the very mellow "Moonriver".

After "Moonriver" Morrissey motioned for fans to relax on the hugging and continued on an earlier subject: "When I said earlier that... when we said that we were gonna play here and they said no one would turn up... I didn't mean to imply that you're no one, because... mmm...". After "Used To Be A Sweet Boy", to the crowd's "We love Steven Morrissey!" chant, Morrissey enquired "me?" while putting his hand on his breast. During "Now My Heart Is Full", a fan got on stage and imitated Morrissey dancing. Meanwhile, the man watched him, smiling.

After that he introduced the main set closer "Speedway" with the words "This is our last song", which obviously got a reaction out of the audience. The news traveled fast and the encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" was very much anticipated. Even before the song was started Morrissey had to calm the fans down. When the song started they went wild and Morrissey barely made it through two verses because the stage got flooded with fans and he had to leave. The audience took care of supplying the vocals for a short time until it were interrupted by the show on stage. Everyone making it up there was doing their bit, someone even took the microphone and sang a few words.


A good audience recording of the full concert is available on bootleg cd, often under the title "But Would You Keep The Noise Down Low". A digital transfer is commonly circulated on the internet.

The manufactured bootleg cd "In Person" featuring as main content a full concert from Cambridge later on this tour includes "Used To Be A Sweet Boy" from this recording as a bonus track, along with the studio version of "Black Eyed Susan" (because the latter was unreleased at the time the bootleg was produced). This Cambridge recording is actually at times incorrectly listed on the internet under this date, miscredited as being the Motherwell set.


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