3 April 2000|
The Olympia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThe first of the two consecutive dates at the Sao Paulo Olympia was a great success. The fans were very receptive, they sang loudly along to most songs and chanted their idol's name repeatedly. Morrissey, feeding off their energy, was in an excellent mood.
Again Morrissey completely scrambled the setlist and, for the benefit of fans seeing many concerts in Brazil, made quite a few changes in its content. He also brought it back up to 18 songs. "Lost", "Alma Matters" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" were dropped and replaced with "A Swallow On My Neck", "Tomorrow", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side". This was actually the latter title's first and only airing on this Latin American leg of the Oye Esteban tour.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted his fans with "Sao Paulo! I believe my name is Morrissey... hello friends... hello!". After the returning "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he added "This is a small night in front of the fire... We're pleased to see your happy faces..." Following "Hairdresser On Fire" he looked around for his favourite fan then thanked someone for a gift: "Julia, are you really here?... Oh is that for me? Thank you..." He actually gave a gift back to one fan and said "Take that back... take this back, take this back!". He accepted more gifts after "Ouija Board Ouija Board" and asked "Is this for me?".
"Is it Really so Strange?" was preceded by the dedication "This next song is for the girlfriends in a dot com... they don't know who they are, and it really doesn't matter... and you don't know what I'm saying anyway... see!?". The dedication was very likely aimed at some female fans who were following the tour and reporting to a now defunct website. After the song Morrissey had a personal conversation with a fan in the front rows. He asked the questions then extended the microphone to her so everyone could hear her answers: "Have you been to London? Have you been there? Where? (shushes the audience) When? Where? Where though? Where? You forgot where... Piccadilly? I believe you..."
Halfway into "I Am Hated For Loving" Morrissey bent forward to receive another gift, enquired "Did you make it yourself?", then asked the fan to "stretch!" so he could reach it. After the song he asked "What? I can't hear you... scream! (fans scream) I didn't mean that... I am a fool!". After "Trouble Loves Me" he enquired "Any observations?... No? Yes..." After "Half A Person" he thanked the crowd in Portuguese again "Thank you... obrigado..." then joked "That's the only word I know!" Boz or Alain was taking a long time getting ready for the next song so he then pressed them with "I'm ready, I'm ready!"
At the end of "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" Morrissey found a watch on stage and after the song announced "If somebody's lost their watch, come and see me later." He then introduced "A Swallow On My Neck" with the line "This is a song for the more sophisticated elements... of which you all are... Help Julia, help!". He must have been thinking that his Brazilian fans didn't buy his singles or "My Early Burglary Years" on import because he enquired after the song "How do you know that song? How do you know?" He then told someone "You should let it out because if you hold it back it just creates gas... tell me to shut up, please... (giving the example) Shut up Morrissey! Shut up Morrissey!"
After "Billy Budd" Morrissey asked someone "Why would I want your t-shirt? Why would I want it? What?". "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "I don't know how you feel... I don't know how you feel about animals... but I like animals and if you like animals, you can't eat them..." There was no moral after the song, only silly banter: "Thank you Omaha... thank you Nebraska... Yes? Yes? Bigmouth? No, no, no, no, no... Smallmouth..." Before going into encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" Morrissey announced "I'm so happy that you're happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, Oh God, I'm happy... I'm happy, I'm really happy...".
The other recording also features the complete concert, but lacks the end of "Speedway" and the beginning of "A Swallow On My Neck" (recorder: Akira). It is usually seen circulated in a 2-cd collection, paired with a recording of the following night's concert, under the title "Live In Sao Paulo". This one is not found on the internet at this point in time.
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