4 May 2004|
Apollo Theater, New York, NY
First Of The Gang To DieThe second date of Morrissey's five-night residency at the Apollo in Harlem was another success. Morrissey was in good spirits, despite still having the "Harlem mumps" and experiencing vocal difficulties at times. The fans sang along to their favourite tracks and listened quietly to the unfamiliar new ones, as was the habit on this portion of the tour before the release of "You Are The Quarry". No one made it on stage.
In the setlist, the recently introduced "Let Me Kiss You" was replaced by its album-mate "I Like You", which hadn't been performed since Anaheim, while the Smiths-era "The Headmaster Ritual" was replaced by a returning "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours".
Morrissey's first words as he came on stage were "(Welcome to our Harlem home?)... You look beautiful... some of you..." He had a branch of lilac hanging from his crotch zipper which he soon after removed and threw into the audience. After set opener "First Of The Gang To Die" he extended his greetings with "Welcome to the second installment... Yeah... yes, yes! Here's to the ???!... What's left of me anyway..." In "Hairdresser On Fire" he usually changed a line to "when he said I'm gonna screw you, I felt quite happy for you", but on this date he changed that to "...I felt quite sorry for you". Further into the song he changed "so much for London" to the French "so much for Londres", actually pronouncing Londres as 'Londress'.
Before going into "I Like You" Morrissey greeted his favourite fan: "Hello Julia, fancy seeing you here, surprise! Thank you... here's a check..." After the song he said "That song was called 'I Like You' and it's from our new cd album long player gramophone record which is released in ppffffff two weeks, two good weeks, and... no doubt you'll copy it from a friend but... This is another song (Morrissey is interrupted by a female fan shouting 'I love you', he asks) Yeah? How much?" Coincidentally this was immediately followed by the song "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" which starts with the line "She told me she loved me, which means she must be insane".
Right before going into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" with its added intro of the New York Dolls' "Subway Train", Morrissey had a good word to say about his opening artist, the New York Dolls' David Johansen: "And delightful of course for me to have David Johansen opening the night..." As an introduction to "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours" he announced "Boz, as I know, as Julia knows, the older songs are not necessarily the best but... certainly not..." Halway into the song he sang "and people who are uglier than you and I they take who they need, and just leave".
After the latter number Morrissey replied to someone in front of him: "Well do you want to know the answer? Do you really want to know the answer? I actually have the Harlem mumps tonight, have you had that? The Harlem mumps? Or the Harlem measles? Yeah? Have you had them? Every child has the Harlem measles I believe, and I'm just having mine now... So don't stand too close unless you want to catch what I have (crowd unexplicably cheers)..." The future b-side "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" was simply and quickly introduced with "Yes this is a new song called 'Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice'." After the song Morrissey returned to the subject of his illness by saying "Don't make fun of Morrissey's voice, I really can't help it... Say what?"
Following "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey asked "Why, where are we going, exactly?" then sighed loudly. In "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" he changed a line to "I know it's gonna happen someday to me." After that song he sarcastically replied to a fan's request with "Oh yeah we'll do 'Tony The Pony' you know that... a classic of our time... I just can't wait to sing those lyrics..."
After "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" Morrissey asked a female fan in the front rows whether she was going to the upcoming Manchester birthday bash, then asked his most dedicated fan how many concerts she had attended: "Ah yes, but... are you sure you want to? How is he? Just left (already?) Really? Did he go to the Wiltern? Really, that was the best night I think... And when are you gonna go back? Why afford a ticket? Ah, Manchester yes! So much fun too for Julia! Julia can I embarrass you in front of all these people? I mean I do every night but can I really embarrass you now?... (some fan shouts yes!, Morrissey replies back to him) You need to get your hair cut, you know... soon, soon... (returns to Julia) How many? Julia's... I do! I believe you, 220th Morrissey gig (crowd cheers)... Incredible... Even I haven't been to that many..."
Before going into "No One Can Hold A Candle To You" Morrissey introduced his musicians: "Would you please say hello to the Slum Bums? Over here on violin is Boz!... over here on bassoon is Gary!... playing the spoons, Deano!... on the mouth organ, Alain!... and Mikey... (fan shouts for him to introduce himself, he replies) I need no introduction..." As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" he went on a long rant: "And yesterday all over the television a live broadcast of George W and he was smiling and smiling and smiling even though sadly more US troops were killed over the weekend he was smiling and smiling and smiling... as if he possibly has anything to smile about, he should be ashamed to leave his bed so (crowd cheers)... I don't know if you agree but you know you really gonna have to vote, because you probably don't vote... so at least George W continues to prove that the world is full of crashing bores."
Right before going into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" a female fan screamed/yodeled in a high-pitched voice for a very long time, which drew laughter from the audience and Morrissey to ask "What's that noise? Is that actually your voice? Amazing!" During the latter song's extended finale Morrissey let the fans sing the chorus over and over while he just gazed upwards and smiled, entranced by it all. His final banter before going into encore "Hand In Glove" was "And to think the Shirelles actually stood here, it's amazing... and be careful when you go home because you might see a strange man hitching a lift and it will be me so, don't stop!" He caused mass hysteria at the very end of the final song by throwing in the crowd the shirt he had just changed into.
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