16 May 1985|
Studio 54, Barcelona, Spain
William, It Was Really NothingBarcelona was treated to more or less the same setlist as Rome, including the rarer "This Charming Man". "Barbarism Begins At Home" returned to the set while the lesser known "Stretch Out And Wait" was not played.
Morrissey's first significant words of the evening were the introduction "This song is called 'I Want The One I Can't Have'." Before going into "This Charming Man" he thanked Barcelona and asked the audience to "...come close, please don't be shy..." The Smiths' latest single was introduced with the brief line "This is our new single, 'Shakespeare's Sister'." After its performance Morrissey added "Thank you we're glad you came, thank you..." Before "Still Ill" he asked "Does anybody understand English? (crowd: yeah!) Good...!"
This concert was filmed and seven songs ("Hand In Glove", "Handsome Devil", "Barbarism Begins At Home", "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "Rusholme Ruffians", "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Miserable Lie") were shown in a Spanish one-hour special on the Smiths titled Arsenal. The special also included interviews with Morrissey and Johnny Marr as well as studio songs.
Two different recordings of this concert are circulated on audio bootlegs, both featuring the complete set. The more common one is the audio from the professionally filmed concert recording above. The other appears to be an average sounding audience recording.
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