17 October 2002|
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
I Want The One I Can't HaveMorrissey's fifth stop of this Australian stretch of the 2002 tour went down quite well. The man was at his usual best, playful and talkative, particularly with fans in the front rows. The crowd was receptive and enthusiastic, and not too rowdy. There were two attempts at stage climbing, one of which apparently a set up for the cameras that were shooting before, during and after the concert for an upcoming documentary on UK's Channel 4 (the footage was featured in 2003 in the "The Importance Of Being Morrissey" documentary). There was no change in the setlist.
At the very beginning of the concert Morrissey greeted this fans with "Hello to you Adelaide... it's taken us 72 years but we're finally here... This is a night to forget!" After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he extended this with "Welcome to the folks center for some gentle poetry..." He adapted a line in "Suedehead" from "it was a good lay, good lay" to "it was Adelaide, Adelaide". Following "Little Man, What Now?" Morrissey had a few words with his favourite fan: "Julia, I'd like to thank you for... Soul Mamas. Do you know it? Yes, St. Kilda's. Incredible restaurant, the best restaurant in Australia. Now that's saying something! In a country of incredible restaurants! Just kidding..." Then, to someone shouting that it's been 10 years since his last visit, Morrissey replied "What? Ten years? Such a short time, really, in the spasm of things..."
After "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey told the very receptive audience "Yes you may very well scream..." then tried to introduce "First Of The Gang To Die" before being distracted from what he was going to say: "This song is reasonably new... Yes? What? Who? Are you? Me? Oh... such a difficult question really, isn't it? I actually smell of Qantas Airlines. I do apologize. I've virtually lived with Qantas Airlines in the last week, and Jesus! they're lucky to have me!" When "First In The Gang To Die" didn't get the expected reaction, Morrissey commented "Well, every song can't be a zinger... I'm man enough to admit it..." He then introduced "Jack The Ripper" with "I do believe that these were the thoughts of Jack the Ripper."
Following the latter number Morrissey said "Thank you... all of you... especially you..." then introduced "I Like You" with "This song is about me!, and it's called 'I Like You'..." Over the opening bars of the song he said "It's got to end soon Julia, it's got to end..." After the song he changed his mind and corrected what he had previously said: "That song was called 'I Like You' and... it wasn't really about me... (someone shouts something flattering) Well it's very nice of you to say that, but don't say it unless you mean it... 'cause I'm really fragile... Boz? Anybody?"
After "Alsatian Cousin" a portion of the cheering audience broke into yelps and, intrigued, Morrissey enquired "What are these, are they sort of emu noises or something? Does somebody have an emu in here?" Following "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey first said "Thank you, you're very generous... Yes we quite like it too..." then teased a shouting fan with "Very, very eloquently put but... What are you trying to say? What are you trying to say? What are you trying to say? What are you trying to say? Sorry, sorry... sorry for being me!"
New composition "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with "This is a new song, a very simple observation, I'm sure you will all agree with the sentiments..." At this point the band was about to launch into the song and Morrissey stopped them and said "Just a minute, chaps! I'd like to tell the folks what the song is called... Any objections? No objections... (someone says something) What was that? None whatsoever. Well... it's called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'."
After the song Morrissey introduced it again then chatted with people in the audience: "That was called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores' and, do you dare dispute it? (Morrissey mocks replies in funny voice) No! No! In (?) crowds they say (funny noises)... (someone shouts a request) 'Piccadilly Palare'? (giggles) You've got to be kidding? (Alain plays the song's first few notes and says something) Excuse me Alain? (Alain repeats, Morrissey threatens) I'll be working with tapes tomorrow night..." When Alain retorted "We have been already!", Morrissey added "Alain cracks a joke and in the usual way..."
"Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "There is such a thing in this country isn't it called... I believe it's called... (someone shouts: alcohol!) Alcohol, yes... No it's called bush munchers. Do you know the expression? No? Bush... But people who go into the bush and they eat kangaroo and crocodile and emu and things like that, bush... bush munchers... (blank stares from the audience) Jesus! Is anybody here Australian? (crowd cheers, someone corrects him) What? Bush what? T-U-C-K-E-R, bush tucker, see! Now I'm happy... So, as I was telling you there is such a thing called the bush tucker. And this, in a roundabout way, this song is about your average bush tucker..."
After "Meat Is Murder" there was another request shouted from the audience and Morrissey replied "'Pregnant For The...', are you serious? If ever there was a career killer... but thank you for mentioning it anyway, you're the first person who ever has... (in a funny voice) I don't know what to say! (back to normal voice) Where am I? Just kidding..." Following "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey said "That song was called 'Irish Blood, English Heart'... and if there are any requests, they will be ignored..."
Following the latter number Morrissey told the lighting guy "You know Paul, the bulb is gonna blow in that followspot if you don't watch it... that's me..." When he returned to the stage after a short break for the encore, Morrissey's final banter was "Thank you for being such great sports! Remember wherever you go, wherever you try to hide, right behind you, is who? Oscar Wilde!? No... He'll do... thank you..."
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