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These weren't the best concerts of the You Are The Quarry tour. The venues were big and impersonal, usually arenas or big sheds. The setlists featured many b-sides because Morrissey was promoting the deluxe edition of "You Are The Quarry", which included a bonus cd of b-sides. Many fans were not familiar with these songs and the momentum was often lost when they were performed. Morrissey was also at the end of a year spent extensively touring, so he understandably started to show signs of exhaustion. However, he was very professional until the end and went on with the programme.
As most of these dates took place on the week when the "I Have Forgiven Jesus" single was released, Morrissey wore a priest outfit for the first few songs of the set, then changed into various shirts. Many of these were sent by him into the crowd after having been used to wipe the sweat off his chest and down his trousers. Once again rumours of Morrissey's possible retirement (or serious illness or even worse) were fuelled by the man's cryptic farewell messages at the end of shows.
Personnel: Boz Boorer (guitars, clarinet, bongos), Jesse Tobias (guitars), Gary Day (bass), Dean Butterworth (drums, gong) and Mike Farrell (keyboards, bongos, tambourine, etc). Morrissey sometimes played tambourine in "Bigmouth Strikes Again". Although it was rumoured that Morrissey's regular guitarist Alain Whyte might return, it wasn't so and he was still replaced by Jesse Tobias. Alain was sorely missed by fans, but Jesse seemed to fill in his shoes more satisfactorily than expected.
"You Are The Quarry" was still represented by singles and fan favourites "Irish Blood, English Heart", "First Of The Gang To Die", "Let Me Kiss You" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus". The latter song was actually released as a single and charted in England while Morrissey was doing the British dates. "I Like You" and "You Know I Couldn't Last" were also regulars, while "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" and "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel" were played 3 times and once respectively. "I'm Not Sorry" was dropped altogether.
The sets featured more b-sides than earlier in the year because Morrissey was also promoting the deluxe edition of "You Are The Quarry" which featured a bonus cd of b-sides. Therefore the recently introduced "Friday Mourning" was played here regularly and recent part-timers "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" and "Munich Air Disaster 1958" were made regulars again. "The Never Played Symphonies" was played three times then dropped in favour of album track "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores".
Morrissey's back catalogue from the Smiths days was also very well represented. Smiths fans were treated to "How Soon Is Now?", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" every night or almost. Only in Paris was "Rubber Ring" played instead of "Shoplifters Of The World Unite". "Shakespeare's Sister" was completely dropped.
Morrissey's solo back catalogue was given a lower profile. Only "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" and "November Spawned A Monster" were played every night. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was played only in Paris. After that date the b-side "Munich Air Disaster 1958" took its place in the medley with the New York Dolls "Subway Train". Solo back catalogue songs such as "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "Now My Heart Is Full", "Jack The Ripper" or "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" were completely forgotten.
This leaves one song, Morrissey's cover of Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach". The song had been played once before, in Los Angeles on the previous leg of this tour. It was played every night on this final leg, although it had yet to be made available on a Morrissey release.
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 6 concerts.
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - 7
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The other Smiths classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was lyrically very faithful to its studio counterpart. The only minor lyric changes were when Morrissey followed "if a ten ton truck kills the both of us" with either "so what!" or "who cares!". At this point in time Morrissey sang the chorus at the end of the song. He had only done this once at the very beginning of the Queen Is Dead tour in 1986, then never again, even in solo, until halfway into the festival dates earlier in the year. The song was not slotted as a regular encore anymore. It was moved up to about halfway into the set, and played slower than usual. Many fans actually complained about the slow pace of that song, or of the set in general.
The addition of keyboardist Michael Farrell on this tour also made possible the piano intro at the beginning of "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". On previous tours the intro had always been dropped. In "Rubber Ring" Morrissey sang "a sad factor widely known", which is what he had originally written. He also sang "Good God! smother me Mother". He brought "Bigmouth Strikes Again" into the 21st century by changing one of its line to "As the flames rose to her roman nose and her iPod started to melt". Actually at the end of the second occurrence of the latter line he would not sing "...started to melt" but instead scream or shriek. The second occurrence of the line "sweetness I was only joking when I said..." was always changed to "sweetness I wasn't joking when I said..."
The songs that were the most changed on this part of the tour were the ones from Morrissey's solo back catalogue, particularly "November Spawned A Monster". In the latter title Morrissey often sang "sleep on and dream of love, why?, because it's the closest you will get to love", "you're just so ugly, you're so so ugly", "please hug me, oh hug me" and "she'll never be rich or beautiful". The recently added change to "Jesus made me, so he should save me from pity, sympathy and idiots discussing me, yes I am a freak, nothing can make good..." was done all the time. The song was usually made more personal when Morrissey sang "I am a symbol of where sex-mad lovers must always draw the line, no, no, no, no..." During the song's bridge Boz would play the clarinet while Morrissey collapsed to the floor and writhed like someone in pain.
In Paris "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was segued from the first verse of a New York Dolls song called "Subway Train" as it had been all year up to that point. When the former title was dropped from the set after Paris Morrissey still kept the "Subway Train" intro, but it segued into "Munich Air Disaster 1958" instead. In "Subway Train" Morrissey sang "it isn't easy" instead of "it ain't easy". He sometimes punctuated that line with "believe me!". In "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey changed a line to "scratch on a postcard" and followed it with "Oh Mama! how I dearly wish I was not here". Instead of the usual change to "please come, please come nuclear bomb" he went for the original studio version's "come, come nuclear bomb". In "Munich Air Disaster 1958" he slightly extended a line to "why? because they're all safely dead". In "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" Morrissey always sang "whether you like me or do not" and "take the difficult way and give in to me". He didn't do any of the earlier lyrics changes in that song.
In "I Like You" the earlier change from "envy makes them cry" to "hatred makes them cry" was done only in Glasgow. Similarly, in "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" Morrissey stuck to the original "everybody look, see pain and walk away". A line further into that song sounded like "as for you in your uniform, your totally smelly uniform", but Morrissey wasn't the one singing the word "totally", it was actually a sound sample of a man saying "we told you". In "You Know I Couldn't Last" Morrissey sometimes sang "don't let these blue eyes fool you". The change to "don't let the good days of the old discs" was now near standard. He sometimes downplayed the line "your royalties bring you luxuries" by following it with a contradicting comment such as "maybe!"
In "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" the recently introduced change from "something got stuck in his throat" to "somebody got stuck in his throat" was not done anymore, but it would eventually return. In "The Never Played Symphonies" the line "you meant to be one" was changed to "you knew you were one" and "you knew you were one" to "of course you were one". Morrissey didn't change "when there is nothing left to care for" to "when there is no one left to care for" anymore. However on a few occasions he followed the song's final line "as the light fades" with "thank God the light fades". In "Friday Mourning" Morrissey often changed "it won't be for a long time" to "it won't be for a lifetime".