15 February 1995|
City Hall, Hull
Billy BuddThis gig went down well, but was rather uneventful. Morrissey was feeling the beginning of a cold and wasn't at his best. There was no change in the setlist.
As soon as he entered stage, Morrissey greeted his fans "Hello Hull" before launching into standard set opener "Billy Budd". After "Spring-Heeled Jim", Morrissey apologised for the effect his cold was having on his performance: "I'm... slightly bunged up... but really, I'm not such a bad singer...". After "Whatever Happens I Love You", he teased the local fans by telling them "So I assume that it's really exciting... (crowd keep shouting) Oh, shut up! Can I speak? I assume that to live in Hull is... (crowd shouts and boos) Oh well...". After "Jack The Ripper", Morrissey felt he had to mention his dissatisfaction towards his performance again: "Am I singing really badly? (crowd: no!) I thought you might say that... never mind".
After "Hold On To Your Friends", someone kept shouting something at Morrissey who couldn't understand: "You'll have to speak a little clearly because... what?... you what?... you what?... you what?...". Then before main set closer "Speedway" he announced "This is our last song and then after that you can go home". While waiting for their idol to come back and perform "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", the only Smiths song in Morrissey's live set at the time, the audience broke into another chant of their idol's name.
As he did every night, Morrissey threw a tambourine in the audience after using it at the beginning of a song. Every night the tambourine has something written on its skin. On this date, the word was 'SELF'.
The song "London" from Morrissey's days in the Smiths was heard soundchecked and would be played for the first time a few nights later in Newcastle, making it the second Smiths-era song to be performed by Morrissey in solo.
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