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In February 1986 while the Smiths were waiting for a legal dispute with their label to be settled, they went on a 3-date mini-tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland, preceded by an appearance on Billy Bragg's Red Wedge tour in Newcastle and a benefit concert in Liverpool titled "From Manchester With Love".
The Dublin concert was originally scheduled for 3 February and the Belfast concert was originally scheduled for 29 January. The other concerts from this batch may or may not have also been postponed to the dates listed above.
Three new tracks were introduced in Liverpool: "Vicar In A Tutu", "Cemetry Gates" and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". These would all be included on the upcoming "The Queen Is Dead" album. The latter masterpiece-to-be was recorded but would only be released four months later because the Smiths were having legal problems with Rough Trade, their label. Two more songs from the upcoming album, "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again", had been debuted on the Scottish leg of the Meat Is Murder Tour and were still in the setlist. Strangely, "Frankly Mr Shankly" which had also been introduced in Scotland in the autumn was played only on one date of this mini-tour.
Most of the other songs were taken from the previous album, "Meat Is Murder": "I Want The One I Can't Have", "Rusholme Ruffian" (in a medley with the Elvis cover "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"), "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "Nowhere Fast", "What She Said" and "Meat Is Murder". "The Headmaster Ritual" which had been neglected on the last tour was dropped completely. The 1985 single "Shakespeare's Sister" and its b-side "Stretch Out And Wait" were also setlist regulars. The rest of the setlist was rounded up with the 1984 singles "William, It Was Really Nothing" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" as well as live staples "Still Ill" and "Hand In Glove". "Miserable Lie" was played once.
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency.
Bigmouth Strikes Again - 5
See here for more tour statistics.
In "Hand In Glove" the second occurrence of "the sun shines out of our behinds" was always replaced with a repeat of "the Good People laugh". In "Vicar In A Tutu" Morrissey always sang "A scanty bit of a thing with a decorative ring that wouldn't cover the head of a child" as is printed in the lyric sheet of "The Queen Is Dead". In the studio version on the album he sang "... wouldn't cover the head of a goose".
Typically, Morrissey announced "Bigmouth Strikes Again" on the first few dates as "... our new single" even though the song would not be released for another 4 months. Strangely a few days later in Dublin Morrissey announced "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" as the new single. So meanwhile plans had changed, but they were to change again, because "Bigmough Strikes Again" turned out to be the next song released as a single and not "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".