25 October 2002
Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden

I Want The One I Can't Have
Little Man, What Now?
Hairdresser On Fire
Jack The Ripper
First Of The Gang To Die
I Like You
Alsatian Cousin
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Sister I'm a Poet
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Late Night, Maudlin Street
Meat Is Murder
Irish Blood, English Heart
/There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The final of three consecutive Scandinavian dates went quite well, but it could not beat the previous night in Malmö. The fans sang along to many songs, to Morrissey's pleasure, but the man did notice the occasional lack of enthusiasm because he said at some point "Someone at the back has fallen asleep... can you wake him up?" The singer also appeared to be suffering from voice problems now and then and there seemed to be occasional sound difficulties. A note with the word "Swedehead" was attached to the gong, and the song "Suedehead" was introduced as "Swedehead".

The setlist was brought back to the 17-track tour standard with the reintroduction of "Late Night, Maudlin Street". However, perhaps because of the audience's lack or enthusiasm or Morrissey's vocal difficulties, "November Spawned A Monster", which was slotted before "Speedway", was skipped.

As the entrance music faded Morrissey was carried on stage by his musicians. He then picked up his microphone and greeted his fans with the words "Hello friends!" and jokingly introduced himself as "Ingmar". He was talkative throughout the evening and chatted a bit with front row regular Julia early in the concert: "Are you ok Julia? (audience: 'she's in good hands') Who's hands? (audience: 'ours') Yes... in my hands... oh she's in good hands..."

At some point Morrissey asked the audience if there was anyone there from Gothenburg. When the audience cheered, he asked them why. He then asked if there was anyone from Oslo. No one replied, so he exclaimed "Thank God!". At some point he enquired about the audience's appreciation of the opening band: "What do you think of our friends Sack? We really hope you enjoyed them... we really do..." He didn't only ask his fans questions, but answered some too. When asked about his favourite Swedish football player, he exclaimed "Do they have football in Sweden?" At some point when someone said that the Swedish were beautiful, Morrissey said "Well some of them are!"

More banter:
"We hitched here from Malmö, so we are pretty tired.. our thumbs are tired..."
"This is a song called 'The First Of The Gang To Die', which will probably be me..."
"I played at this arena only because of the Marabou chocolate... and because of you... but mainly because of the chocolate..."
"Are these songs ever played on Swedish radio? (audience: 'no!') Thank God!"
"Where you in Sweden are depressed and take your own lives, apparently, we in England get people to kill us. Here are the thoughts of Jack the Ripper."


An audience recording of encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" can be found tagged at the end of a recording of Stockholm 25 October 1999.


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