27 October 2002|
Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
I Want The One I Can't HaveMorrissey was in top form in Lyon. He was very talkative despite the "Stockholm throat" which he complained of at some point into the show, and despite being in front of a foreign audience. His fans were also very enthusiastic and receptive, and two of them made it on stage. The gong had a sign stuck onto it, as in Stockholm. But instead of "Swedehead", the sign here said "I Want Lyon I Can't Have".
But the event that made this date an historical one was the live introduction of "Hand In Glove". The song that the Smiths performed most often throughout their live career had never been done by Morrissey before without his first band. Surprisingly the live arrangement was true to the original version as done by the Smiths. There wasn't any significant lyrical or musical updating, as might have been expected from the 2002 performances of other older material. "November Spawned A Monster" returned to the setlist, replacing "Late Night Maudlin Street".
Morrissey seemed more comfortable in Lyon than on his previous visits to France. He occasionally used French words to greet or thank the audience or teasingly talked in English with a mock-French accent. He translated some titles in French, as when he introduced "Hairdresser On Fire" as "Coiffeur en Flame". Another song was introduced as "Pomme, Pomme, Pomme" which actually is the title of a 1971 Eurovision Song Contest entry by French singer Monique Melsen (Morrissey would go on to feature that song in his intermission music on his Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI). "Meat Is Murder" was introduced as being about "charcutiers" (butchers).
As usual Morrissey chatted quite a bit with fans in the front rows, acknowledging the "irregular regulars" (the ones following him on the tour) and fanzine editor Julia Riley who he said had "...swam from Stockholm". At some point Morrissey advised the people of Lyon "You've got a beautiful city... don't ever move to Paris." Despite being treated to "Hand In Glove", members of the audience shouted many other requests for songs from the Smiths back catalogue. In one such instance, as someone shouted their request for "I Know It's Over", Morrissey replied "I have nothing to say about that!"
After "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey tripped over one of the monitors and said that this was a dangerous place. During "Speedway", as he was almost hit by something thrown towards him, he added "It's still a dangerous place." On a related note he mentioned at some point having many enemies. When someone shouted the name of Elton John (which was brought up in a recent interview given to the BBC's Janice Long when talking about 'crashing bores'), Morrissey denied this, and said that he was surprised that people in France knew about this interview.
As had become tradition Morrissey introduced his band halfway into the show. On this date they were introduced as the New York Dolls. When asked by someone whether he would be playing in Belgium, Morrissey said that he didn't have plans for Belgium, that no one had any plans for Belgium actually. Taking a letter handed to him by a fan, he asked if he could read it in public, then changed his mind and said that only exciting letters should be read in public. He repeatedly touched his hair and joked about bats flying out of it everytime he did so. He said that was a French joke and that the audience could not understand it.
Before the encore of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", Morrissey thanked his fans and said "Whatever you do or say, never forget Oscar Wilde!" He threw his shirt into the crowd at the end, and as he did so, he commented on his "...overweight body".
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