12 October 2002|
RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Australia
I Want The One I Can't HaveMorrissey's second Australian gig in 2002 was an appearance at Brisbane's Livid festival. Morrissey was programmed as the main act on the day he performed, he played after other bands such as Mogwai or Australians Machine Gun Fellatio. Everything went down well considering this was a festival appearance and the crowd included a good number of non-fans. No one made it on stage because of the size of the moat filled with security.
Because this was a festival appearance, Morrissey was probably allotted just a certain amount of time. Therefore no encore was scheduled so the fans didn't get to hear "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". "Late Night, Maudlin Street" was on the setlist but skipped. The lesser known "Mexico" was replaced with the more familiar "November Spawned A Monster".
As Morrissey came on stage he introduced himself with "We are Morrissey... the bells will stop..." He welcomed the audience to "...the Livid Festival... and we're here because we're absolutely livid!" While singing the line "These are the the riches of the poor" in set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" Morrissey pointed at his breasts and crotch. Throughout the concert he was quite talkative and often addressed or mentioned fanzine editor and favourite fan Julia Riley: "Thank you it's very nice to see all of your rugged faces... Julia's here... nothing much matters..." or "Australia... yes Julia, we're in Australia...".
Morrissey's only Australian gig before 2002 had actually taken place in Brisbane in 1991. The rest of that tour had been cancelled. Morrissey mentioned this early into this concert: "We did actually play Brisbane 10 years ago... the day after we played, silly face got the flu and stayed in bed for seven days which is a wonderful way to see Australia..." Morrissey made quite a few references to Australia and Australian culture at different times into the concert, such as "I'm just passing through on my way to Alice Springs" and "You gave us crap television, we gave you crap music!"
After "First Of The Gang To Die" Morrissey asked a fan who was singing "This Charming Man": "What are you singing? 'This Charming Man'?" Alain then picked the first few notes of the song and this prompted Morrissey to exclaim "Oh dear!" and to say that of course he'd written it about himself.
"Jack The Ripper" was introduced with "You can imagine being a prostitute, but can you imagine being a prostitute in Whitechapel in 1888? Can you imagine that?" He then added something about the fact that when the tap on the cleavage came, it was from Jack The Ripper. The following song on the setlist was introduced with "Thank you dedicated music buffs... this is a new song, relatively, and it's an outburst of positivity... it's called, 'I Like You'."
Halfway into the concert Morrissey introduced his musicians: "If you don't mind I'd like to introduce four brawny rugby players... if I can find them..." Gary was introduced as 'G'day Gary' once again. Further down the setlist someone threw a black bra on stage. Morrissey picked it up with a look of disgust, threw it back into the audience, and said "And you can take this right back and clean it." He then suggested that Alain might be more interested. "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced as a song with no animals in the title. "Meat Is Murder" was preceded with "You will all of course become vegetarians, as no intelligent person that knows the facts could eat meat." Newest composition "Irish Blood, English Heart" was introduced as being about all the grains of sand that make up Morrissey's body. A fan in the audience who guessed the song title was corrected for having it around the wrong way.
Near the end of the show Morrissey replied to someone shouting: "Take your teeth out... sorry Julia it's my favourite joke... it's my only joke..." Then, as Boz looked impatient to resume, Morrissey added "Boz is ready..." Before "Speedway" Alain asked "Can I say something?" Morrissey replied "Please don't", giggled then said "Please do Alain... say two..." Alain's line was "I'm really honored because we got Oasis over here [points to Oasis backstage on his side] and they're tops!" Morrissey didn't comment on this, but he looked genuinely surprised. Just before the final song of the set, as there would be no encore, Morrissey commented on his voice which had faltered now and then, especially at the beginning of the show, by saying "It's the Perth throat... or Maybe the Freemantle throat..."
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