24 August 2002|
Roseland, Portland, OR
I Want The One I Can't HavePortland fans were the most enthusiastic and energetic ones so far on this tour. Morrissey himself seemed surprised by the reception and commented on it quite a few times over the length of the show. He obviously fed on this and gave his best. He was talkative, playful and communicative. A few fans managed to make it up on stage despite tight security. One of them even knocked Morrissey down and he hit his head. There was no change in the setlist.
As was tradition Morrissey walked on stage to the sound of church bells. His first words as he picked up his microphone were "Good evening roses... Hello Portland! Will those bells ever stop? (the bells stop) Yes they will..." Already after the opening number "I Want The One I Can't Have" Morrissey felt he needed to comment on the audience's appreciation: "Thank you we're very overwhelmed... are you sure you came to the right place?" After one more song he repeated the question: "Are you sure you're in the right place? You didn't mean to go to see Merle Haggard or something did you? Or maybe you came to play golf, I don't know... shit..."
As was becoming tradition Morrissey jokingly introduced "First Of The Gang To Die" by saying it had been written earlier in the day: "Thank you this is a new song, I wrote the words today while sitting on the bidet, it's called 'First Of The Gang To Die'." After the song he said "I threw the roses in because they've been de-pricked... so you're safe..." Then, probably in reply to someone shouting for "Sing Your Life", he said "Believe me I'm singing it..." After "Jack The Ripper" he apologised "I'm sorry that the venue couldn't be better and nicer and cleaner, but... as I'm sure you're aware, we're not really that popular... We're not good enough for the American charts... we're not good enough for the American cross..."
New composition "I Like You" was introduced with "This song was written about me, and it's called 'I Like You'... Joke!... Very bad joke..." After "Mexico" he told the fans, particularly the ones who were crushed in the front rows: "I hope you're not feeling too shackled. We had a really nice time in Eugene... We played some golf..." Before "Alsatian Cousin" which featured a sound sample of dogs barking, Morrissey said "Apparently there's a dog running loose in the venue so if you see it, tell Boz..." During the song's bridge, when the sample could be heard, Morrissey said "There's that dog!" or "Where's that dog?".
Besides the usual live change to "back to the mean melancholy streets that you came from" in "Little Man, What Now?" Morrissey also changed another line to "Friday nights 1979, NBC you murdered every line". After the song he apologised "I'd like to reassure you that once upon a time I could sing that song in the right key... but those days are over and it's too bad really... Boz? Boz..." Further down the setlist Morrissey jokingly introduced "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" with "I'd like you to know I have no stylist, I make up all my own choreography... and this song - I hate to state the obvious - but the world is full of crashing bores..."
After the extremely well received "Speedway" Morrissey said "Thank you, you've been incredibly nice... Julia, they're very nice, they're very nice..." There were serious attempts at getting on stage during "November Spawned A Monster" and this distracted Morrissey from singing for some time. He kept an eye on the situation and asked "Steady boys..." or congratulated failed attempts with "God bless you..."
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