3 March 1984|
University Of Dundee, Dundee
Hand In GloveThis concert didn't go down very well. The Smiths were warmly welcomed by most of the audience but a few troublemakers almost had the concert cut short. It all started as early as the first song. Set opener "Hand In Glove" was always performed with an extended instrumental intro on this tour, but on this date it was extended more than usual because Morrissey was probably doused with beer or something of that nature, and was kept away from the microphone. He finally managed to perform his vocal duties, but after the opening number he warned "Look good friends, you got a very strange way of welcoming people... If anybody throws beer or spits or cans, we will leave, so you have a choice..."
It didn't take very long for the Smiths to prove that their threats were serious. As "This Charming Man" was started something happened and Morrissey went backstage, leaving the band to perform the song as an instrumental. Someone then came on and warned the audience that the Smiths would not return unless the troublemakers 'cut it out'. Then, returning to the stage, Morrissey added: "Remember the world is watching you Dundee... do you really care?" The band then attempted "This Charming Man" again, and this time it went without a hitch.
After this everything went well but Morrissey didn't say much. The gist of his banter for the rest of the evening consisted of taking a jab at the audience by introducing "Barbarism Begins At Home" as "...something that you obviously already know" and shouting "What!?" before "What Difference Does It Make?" and "You've Got Everything Now". Despite all the trouble Morrissey warmly thanked the audience before leaving stage before the encore break and at the very end.
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