10 August 2002|
Rialto, Tucson, AZ
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe second date of the 2002 tour went even better than the first one. The band and Morrissey seemed to be more comfortable with the material, old and new. It must also have helped that the sound at the Tucson Rialto was better than in Phoenix. Morrissey was still very talkative, he even made fun of himself before one song, saying "Gab, gab, gab..." while his musicians were waiting for him to stop chatting. Security was tight and the pit wide, so not a single fan made it on stage.
Two songs were performed for the first time ever: the newly written "I Like You" and the early solo song "Late Night Maudlin Street". Both had been on the setlist the night before in Phoenix, but they were skipped. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was dropped forever after only one performance.
Morrissey's first words as he came on stage and picked up the microphone were "Good evening Tucson!" He purposely pronouced the city's name as 'Tuxson' as he had done the night before in Phoenix. This was followed by "Welcome to a night of awkward songs... which will make you very uncomfortable..." The Smiths-era classic "I Want The One I Can't Have" was moved up as the new set opener and after it Morrissey announced "You can have me on the desk... you can have me under the desk, anywhere... I don't mind..." This was actually in answer to some fan's sign that read "On the desk is where I want you".
After an extremely well received "Suedehead" Morrissey commented about the hot weather: "It's a hot August Saturday night in Tucson... you must be happy, you must be happy... No? No... silly me... you must be happy, you must be happy..." He made all the usual live changes in "Hairdresser On Fire" with one exception: instead of changing a line to "when he said I'm gonna screw you I felt quite happy for you", he sang "...I felt quite dubious of you". After the song he said "I was flying down Speedway Avenue today... on roller skates!". He wasn't referring to his song called "Speedway", but to one of the major streets in Tucson.
Following the new composition "First Of The Gang To Die" Morrissey said "That song is on our new album which, at this rate, will be released in the year 2008... (crowd boos)... Don't look at me!... You're lucky..." After "Jack The Ripper" he told someone "Oh stop being so eloquent, it doesn't suit you..." Then came the live debut of "Late Night, Maudlin Street". It took a few bars before most of the audience recognised the song, and when they did, they cheered very loudly. The song was majorly reconstructed; parts were dropped, other parts were moved and the result didn't last 7 minutes like the studio version does.
Next up was another live debut, actually a full debut altogether. On the tour's opening night the day before Morrissey had introduced three new compositions, and on this one he added a fourth one, "I Like You". Like the others it would not be released until 2004 on "You Are The Quarry" or on one of that album's singles. For the benefit of the fans Morrissey followed the song with "That was a new song, which is called... (fans shout the title) No, it's called 'I Hate You'... it's called 'I Like You'..." After "Mexico" he tried to decipher things that were shouted to him from the audience: "Yes? What? Taxi?"
After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey asked "More poetry?" He was obviously cheered positively. He then answered someone "I know, I know..." and mocked someone else's comments in a pirate's voice: "Yes, what'd'you say? What'd'you say to me?". During "Alsatian Cousin" he took from a fan the "On the desk is where I want you" sign he had commented on earlier, held it up for a short while then placed it in front of the drums. In the song he slightly changed "PS bring me home and have me" to "Please! bring me home and have me". This segued straight into "Little Man, What Now?" just as it does at the beginning of the "Viva Hate" album. In the latter title, besides changing a line to "Back to the mean melancholy streets that you came from", Morrissey also replaced '1969' by '1989' and instead of singing "and they axed you" he just made the throat-cutting motion usually used to represent something being killed, with the accompanying sharp noise.
After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey introduced the following planned number with "This song is called... What? This song is called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." In it Morrissey sang "educated criminals represent the law", a line that would change to "educated criminals work within the law" before being recorded for posterity. Being on the subject, after the song he took the opportunity to vent indirectly about his being without a record contract: "And if you know, if you know the state of music - modern music - in America these days, you know that the world is full of crashing bores... Fuck'em, fuck'em!"
At some point into "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey teasingly licked one of his hands and sucked on his fingers. At the end of the song he kneeled as in mourning, with the stage bathed in red light. He appeared quite distracted during "Speedway" and made a few mistakes, perhaps because sensing the end near some fans were trying to make it on stage. Before going into "November Spawned A Monster" he said "Unless I lose my hair, at which point it will all be different... Thank you anyway... Thank you, thank me, thank Tucson... thank everybody..." Before going into the encore he cleverly announced "We lost it in Phoenix, we found it in Tucson, and who knows what will happen in Yuma... but then we all have a sense of Yuma..."
A short 4-track set featuring live-in-Tucson versions of the four new compositions "First Of The Gang To Die", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Mexico" and "I Like You" was circulated on compact disc and on the internet shortly after the show, but this seems to have more or less disappeared from circulation after the full show became widely available. This was sometimes found under the titles "You're Lucky" or "Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me".
Collectors should be aware that some sets found on the internet under this date only feature this concert until "Little Man, What Now?". Subsequent files were for some inexplicable reason replaced with others from a later date on the tour.
Collectors might also be interested to know that a 45-minute recording of the soundcheck has also made it into the hands of bootleg collectors. The recording features sounchecks of new compositions "Mexico", "First Of The Gang To Die" and "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" as well as classics "Suedehead", "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and elements of "November Spawned A Monster" and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".
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