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After a whole year spent touring mostly the UK and the rest of Europe Morrissey finally decided to play some American dates. Unfortunately for the time being only these three California gigs were scheduled. American fans would have to wait until the end of April for the start of a real tour.
The bass drum showed a picture of 2 people on a motorbike or moped, perhaps taken from the film Mamma Roma. The people were a boy and a girl and they had bubbles coming out of both of their heads with "Morrissey" written in each (view). The huge gong behind the drum set had "Don't cry for me Pasadena" written on it.
For personal reasons Gary Day and Michael Farrell couldn't make these dates and had to be replaced. Personnel: Boz Boorer - guitar; Jesse Tobias - guitar and occasional cymbals; Solomon Walker - bass; Vincent Jones - keyboards; Matt Walker - drums.
Videos, between Kristeen Young and Morrissey's sets:
After the show the fans probably still exited the venue to Frank Sinatra's "That's Life".
The most recent album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" was still represented by seven or eight of its songs: the recent live addition "Dear God Please Help Me", singles "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", "You Have Killed Me", "In The Future When All's Well" and "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" as well as "I Will See You In Far Off Places" and the epic "Life Is A Pigsty". "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" was played on the first and second dates, but dropped on the third one. In addition the 2006 b-side "Ganglord" - a live favourite - was played every night.
Previous album "You Are The Quarry" was still represented by its first three singles: "First Of The Gang To Die", "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "Let Me Kiss You", all performed on every date. The album's deluxe edition supplied "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice".
One of the major complaints about the setlists for most of the previous year was that Morrissey's back catalogue was not much represented. The gradual extension of the setlist length to 22 titles the previous December and the fewer number of songs from the newest album meant that more attention could be given to the earlier material on this leg like on the previous one. So the years 1988 to 1992 supplied "Disappointed", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "The National Front Disco".
Finally the Smiths years provided five songs every night: "Panic", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "William, It Was Really Nothing", "How Soon Is Now?" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". Trivia fans will have noticed that out of these five, three were originally released at the same time on the "William, It Was Really Nothing" single in 1984: the title track, "How Soon Is Now?" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want".
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 3 concerts.
Dear God Please Help Me - 3
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After performing certain titles many many times Morrissey usually starts taking liberties with lyrics and this was particularly the case at this point in time with "You Have Killed Me". He sang "Pasadena is me..." or "Mozalini is me, Pasolini I will never be" or further down "Tony Franciosa is me, Diana Dors you will always be". Previous live changes "what the hell is my life for" and "who am I that I come to be standing here" were still done.
Just like he did in 1991 and 1992, Morrissey changed the first line in "Disappointed" to "Your unspeakable friend", followed by "your friends and your foes would rather die than have to sleep with you" and near the end sang "Young girl one day you really will be old". Just like he started doing on the previous leg, he sang "I have spent my whole life confused because of people who were nice".. As always the audience was happy to supply the shouts of "No!" and "Yeah!" at the end of the song.
In "Ganglord" the "clock on the wall" was said to make fun and a joke "of you all" instead of "...us all". Morrissey also sang "get your fat ass back to the ghetto". In "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" he sang "haves (they) cannot stand we have nots" and "they who shouldn't love me look right through me". As before he sang at the end "it only hurts me because it's true". In "William, It Was Really Nothing" the line "God knows I'm trying to live mine" was replaced by "I'm here trying to live mine, I'm here I'm trying to live mine" twice, then changed again to "I'm still trying to live mine, I'm still trying to live mine".
In "I Will See You In Far Off Places" Morrissey still did the previous live change "It's so easy for us to stand here together" and followed this with "...but it's impossible for the flesh to combine". He also changed "I will close my eyes forever" to "I will close my mouth forever" or "I will shut my mouth forever". More interestingly he replaced "if the USA doesn't bomb you" by "if George W Bush doesn't kill you" or "if George W B doesn't kill you". The latter adaptation became standard when Morrissey finally toured the USA in the following spring and summer.
In "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey still replaced "etch on a postcard" by "scratch on a postcard" and this was followed twice by a variation on "Oh Mama! how I dearly wish I had never been born". He sang twice "win yourself a cheap date". Near the end he extended a line to "Everyday is silent and grey at least when you're all alone, when you're on your own, when you're all alone" or a variation thereof. A few older live changes from the early 1990s or 2004 that had been dropped in 2006 were reintroduced: "I do believe this is the coastal town" and "please come please come nuclear bomb".
"In The Future When All's Well" was another title that Morrissey was very playful with. He still sang "Something must have gone wrong", but also did twice "I will lie down anywhere and be sat on" and "I thank you with what's left of my heart". On and off he also did "Everyday I play a pointless game called..." and "Lee, anybody, stand up and defend me". He did many other adlibbed bits between regular lines. Just like in 1991 he replaced "it's safer to be inside" in "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" to "it's safer to stay inside", except on the first of these three dates.
During the "and you see someone you physically despise" part in "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey still teasingly removed his shirt and threw it into the audience. That song's live change "you'll try anyone twice" was done every night except for the last one. The main difference between the 1992 and 1995 live performances of "The National Front Disco" and the new ones was found in the ending. Whereas in the 1990s the song ended in a noisy chaotic jam where instruments were often destroyed, in late 2006 and early 2007 it ended with the same two notes repeated extensively in a staccato manner. The other difference is that he usually replaced "she should know why you've gone" by "she should know where you've gone". Besides this Morrissey still skipped the "settle the score" and "then you might do" bits and never ended "...going to the National" with "...Front disco". He still replaced the second occurrence of "we've lost our boy" by "have we lost our boy".
In "Dear God Please Help Me" Morrissey followed "Dear God did this kind of thing happen to you?" with "No..." In "How Soon Is Now?" the "shyness that is criminally vulgar" became sometimes "...crippling and vulgar" or "...criminal and vulgar". As in 2004 or during the Smiths days, that classic song's final verse was never done. At the end of "Life Is A Pigsty" Morrissey replaced "I'm falling in love again" by "I am in love again". That song still segued at the end into the traditional air "Auld Lang Syne" played on the keyboard, echoing the ending of the Smiths' "Asleep".
Just like on the previous leg when it was reintroduced into the sets, the title line in "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was changed to "Please, please, please let me have who I want". As heard during the Smiths days, that number's second half (final two verses) was repeated to extend it past the 2-minute mark. However in the repeated part Morrissey changed the melody of the line "let me have who I want" by bunching the words closer together. The song's mandolin ending was recreated beautifully with guitar and keyboards.