17 July 1986|
Bigmouth Strikes AgainThe setlist was very similar to the previous one in Glasgow. The only changes were "Stretch Out And Wait" replacing "What She Said" and live staple "Hand In Glove" returning to take the place of "William, It Was Really Nothing" as the final song.
This gig was a violent one, but rather than the usual security-versus-fans scenario, it was the non-fans versus the Smiths. A few troublemakers in the audience urinated in pint glasses and hurled them at Morrissey. Beer was also thrown on stage. The band was spat upon quite a lot, prompting Morrissey to say as he returned for the second encore, "Thank you for all your phlegm... we didn't really want it...". One verse into "Hand In Glove", Morrissey was hit in the eye and left the stage. The band finished the song by themselves then Johnny stuck his fingers up to the audience, shouted "And if the people spit, then the people spit" (a variation on a line from the song just performed) and followed Morrissey offstage. Mike then started beating his bass drum and this made the troublemakers in the crowd cheer because they thought that it was the start of another song.
Earlier in the set, there had been already enough heckling and interference from the crowd to stop Morrissey from singing some of his lines in "Vicar In A Tutu" and "Frankly Mr Shankly". The unreleased songs "Ask" and "Is It Really So Strange?" were both introduced as "new". In the latter's case, Morrissey actually went further: "This is a new song, which you will hate... (crowd cheers) It's called 'Is It Really So Strange?'..." After its performance Morrissey returned to the subject and asked "Did you like it? (crowd: yes!) How do you know?". Then to some heckler in the crowd he just shouted "What?!" In "Never Had No One Ever", he sang the slightly alternate "I'd hate to be rude" instead of "I'd hate to intrude".
Tickets were £6 in advance, £6.30 at the door.
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