19 June 2004|
Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden
Shakespeare's SisterBecause of the bad experience at the Flippaut festival in Bologna a week earlier and the rain which had been falling the whole day, the audience at the Hultsfred Festival was expecting the worst. However the sun came out right on time for Morrissey to hit the stage and this gig turned out to be one of the best of the summer festivals. Morrissey was very talkative and energetic. There were minor technical problems early on, but nothing really noticeable. Lil' Barry, who was on his third date replacing guitarist Alain Whyte, was getting better and better.
There were actually significant changes in the setlist at this point. The most exciting one was the live debut of "Shakespeare's Sister". The song had never been done live by Morrissey without the Smiths. It would be played on and off throughout the coming summer. It took the place of "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours" which was retired for the rest of the tour. "The Headmaster Ritual" was temporarily skipped, but "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "No One Can Hold A Candle To You" returned, as well as "All The Lazy Dykes" which hadn't been played yet on any of the European dates.
Morrissey's first words as he took the stage was probably a Swedish greeting, it sounded like "Hults-a-fred death threat, hello!" After the surprise live debut of "Shakespeare's Sister" he thanked the audience in Swedish (Tack!) and added "Thank you friends... Never mind the rain... nice to see you..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he enquired "Are you bored to death? (crowd: no!) You will be..." During "Hairdresser On Fire" he picked up what looked like a box of biscuits on the drum stand, raised it in the air for everyone to see, pointed at it, then threw it into the audience.
Some fans with internet connections must have read about what had happened in Bologna the week before, or perhaps they had attended, because before going into "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" Morrissey answered someone in the audience: "So why should we kill Muse? I know, I know... But who remembered? Aah..." After the song he asked his favourite fan: "Are you with us Julia?" Following "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" he mentioned Alain's absence "You will notice that Alain is not with us, he's still ill and (crowd cheers)... so why are you cheering? We hope he comes back when he's ready. Uh? Sorry? Ah yes, we do too, we do too... Well fuck, fuck to that!"
After "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey replied to someone's question with "Tell you what?", then thanked the Swedish audience for the success of his latest album "You Are The Quarry" in their country: "We have an album called 'You Are The Quarry' which you placed at number one in Sweden (crowd cheers)... We are very very thankful because we didn't get to number one in England... However, we got to number one in Malta... God bless Malta... God bless Sweden!".
The sun had come out, but it was still unexpectedly cold outside and at this point into the show Morrissey had to go backstage to get a jacket. After "All The Lazy Dykes" he went to the edge of the stage and, with his arms crossed around himself, simply said "I'm cold..." At the very end of "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" he sang "most people keep their brains..." but didn't finish the line. Instead he kneeled on the floor with his back to the crowd, and bent forward, exposing his backside to the audience. When he got up he added "end of the song".
As an introduction to "I'm Not Sorry" Morrissey teased the crowd by saying "In this year's Eurovision song contest Sweden came fifth... with a good song... and it's a song which we would now like to sing for you..." After that number the man mentioned being cold again, and somehow found a way to turn this into some sort of introduction for the following planned number, "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores": "And why is it so cold in Sweden at this time of year? Why? Because? Because?... Nobody knows... Why is it so cold? It's always cold now, always freezing... I should have known it Julia... I am a crashing bore..."
In "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey changed a line to "Lockjaw popstars, Britney Spears, Britney Spears, thicker than pig shit". After the song he cleared his throat and said "Asparagus, asparagus". Of course while he was in Sweden the Meltdown festival which he was curating was happening in London. He had to mention one of his favourite bands which he had booked to play the festival: "Last night in London I saw der New York Dolls who... who I warn you are spectacular... yeah sensational... Did you see them on Wednesday Julia? You saw them? On the Wednesday, fantastic, the best band in the world... including McFly... dear God... Maestro!"
After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "Would you please give a Swedish welcome to Boz Boorer... and another Swedish welcome to Gary Day... would you please give a Rochdale welcome to Deano!... and would you please say hello to our new friend Little Barrie... and to a man of many parts, Mikey V. Farrell... that's it really..." After "Let Me Kiss You" he interrupted a chant of his name to tell the audience "thank you for holding the flag up for so long..." He followed the final line in "No One Can Hold A Candle To You", "Hiroshima, yes, yes, yes!" with "...et cetera."
Following the latter number Morrissey commented "That wasn't very good... I know it wasn't very good... I can't help it though..." Someone in the audience was shouting for "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" and he or she was wearing badges that were given away on Morrissey's birthday concert in Manchester, so Morrissey asked "Are those badges from Manchester? (fan: 'yes') Are you from Manchester? (fan: 'yes') Where? Be honest! Didsbury? I could tell..." Then as the band was launching into "I Have Forgiven Jesus" he told someone "I agree with you..."
Morrissey didn't seem to be happy with his performance of "I Have Forgiven Jesus". After the song he asked his most dedicated fan "Did it sound okay Julia? Was that okay?" He then introduced the next planned number by enunciating "Don't. Make. Fun. Of. Daddy's. Voice." In the latter song Morrissey changed "something got stuck in his throat" to "somebody got stuck in his throat". Before going into main set closer "Rubber Ring" he simply said "Thank you for listening..." Before going into the encore his final words were "Thanks for your kindness... sorry it's so cold, sorry it's so wet... but next time we will come to visit you in your house... and we will stay..." Exceptionally he sang a few lines of the chorus at the end of the song, something which he never did.
The Hultsfred festival was filmed and the footage was webcast and broadcast on television. The webcast featured the complete set. The original television broadcast on the Swedish television programme "Musikbyrån" only featured the five songs "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" (second half of the song), "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "All The Lazy Dykes" and "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference". A rebroadcast on the Swedish On Demand television network SVT2 lacked the songs "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?", "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "All The Lazy Dykes", "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "No One Can Hold A Candle To You", "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice". So in total the full set minus only those three latter titles and the first half of "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" was broadcast on one television programme or the other.
An audio bootleg was put together using the audio from the mix DVD of the two television broadcasts mentioned above. This means the bootleg features the complete set in excellent sound quality, minus only "No One Can Hold A Candle To You", "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" as well as the first half of "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel". The latter recording is occasionally found on bootleg cds titled "Hultsfred Festival 2004-06-19". Another fanmade bootleg, this one simply titled "Hultsfred", features the same material plus 7 Morrissey demos leaked on the internet. The audio from the complete set is also circulated on the internet, but as for the video, the sound quality is significantly inferior to the audio ripped from the television material.
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