13 October 2002|
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe third stop on this Australian stretch of the 2002 tour, and the first of two non-consecutive dates in Sydney, was a success. Morrissey seemed to be in great spirits and the fans were generally receptive. One fan managed to make it up on stage.
Despite this not being a festival concert the Sydney crowd was only treated to a 16-song setlist. "Late Night Maudlin Street" and "Mexico" were still absent, but at least "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was played as an encore (it had been omitted the night before).
Morrissey was carried onto the stage pallbearer-style and greeted his fans with the words "Sydney... you have me!" Soon after he extended his greeting with "Welcome to a night of poetry set to music with a little bit of choreography thrown in..." He thanked his fans "...for buying your tickets so quickly... after all these years, we weren't sure if you'd still care..." There was a very long intro to "Jack The Ripper" during which Morrissey asked "do I talk too much?" A few songs into the set, he and Alain had a conversation with front row regular Julia Riley about the number of concerts she had attended.
Before or after doing "Alsatian Cousin" - in which samples of barking dogs are heard - Morrissey explained "And the sound effects cost you extra... that's why your tickets cost you so much..." The crowd favourite "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was introduced with the line "Boz is oiling the banjo, we all know what that means... No? It doesn't mean anything?" Before "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey asked "This is another new song and will you uh, take Kylie back please? Can't you give us something better? (someone in crowd: 'I love Kylie!') You don't... you like Dannii!" (referring to Danii Minogue, Kylie's sister, also a singer)
As he often did Morrissey added to his introduction of the band a bit of local spice : "I'd like to introduce you to four bronzed surfers..." Of Alain he said "He began his career as the bottom half of Skippy the bush Kangaroo". Near the end Morrissey thanked his fans in a manner similar to previous concerts: "Don't worry, God loves you... and if he doesn't, Oscar Wilde isn't far behind..." At the end of his vocal part in encore song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" he simply said "The pleasure, the privilege was mine" and left the stage while the crowd ended the song in a huge crowd singalong.
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