20 February 1995|
St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Billy BuddThis was another very good show despite the venue's not-so-great acoustics and Morrissey's persistant cold. The security was relaxed and the stage low, so many fans managed to successfully make it up on stage. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey shook a tambourine for a few seconds at the beginning of set opener "Billy Budd" then threw it into the audience. Every night on this tour the tambourine had something handwritten on it, and in Cardiff it was MENSI, the name of the singer in the Angelic Upstarts, one of Morrissey's favourite groups.
After "You're The One For Me, Fatty" Morrissey asked his fans "I presume that you've all travelled from Bristol, have you? (crowd: no!) No? No... my mistake..." Further down the setlist "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" was introduced with the line "This song is of course completely humourless, and it's called 'Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself'." Following "Moonriver" fans were shouting requests and Morrissey asked them "What would you like to hear now?... (more requests shouted) Well..." Whatever was shouted the band still played the next planned song on the set list which was "Whatever Happens I Love You". After the latter number Morrissey said "I still haven't managed to get rid of that cold, which is quite sad, really... But I'm extremely young and extremely strong and..."
A fanmade video recording of the concert is also out there for collectors, but the quality is not very good. The footage was filmed from the balcony overlooking the stage, it is quite jerky, and lacks the end of "Billy Budd" and the beginning of "Have-A-Go Merchant". The camera is more often aimed at Morrissey's band or a wall or the ceiling than on Morrissey.
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