26 June 2004
Meltdown 2004, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Shakespeare's Sister
How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Let Me Kiss You
I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
The Headmaster Ritual
Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
I Have Forgiven Jesus
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
First Of The Gang To Die
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
All The Lazy Dykes
No One Can Hold A Candle To You
Rubber Ring
Subway Train/Everyday Is Like Sunday
I'm Not Sorry
/Irish Blood, English Heart
The final of three Morrissey concerts at the Meltdown festival which the man curated went down just as well as the two previous ones. Morrissey was in fine form physically and vocally, and talkative. The audience was very receptive and energetic. However no one made it on stage on this date because security had been significantly increased, probably because of the two near stage invasions of the night before. There was no change in the setlist from the previous night.

Morrissey entered stage with a lilac branch hanging from his crotch zipper. This had been a tradition since the beginning of this tour, but on this date the branch was very long and 'half erect'. Morrissey's first words before going into set opener "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" were "Theater goers, welcome to the happiest days of your life..." In the song he changed the line "something got stuck in his throat" to "somebody got stuck in his throat". After it he extended his greeting with "Welcome to the dying embers of Meltdown... I am those embers..."

After "Shakespeare's Sister" Morrissey said "Nice to see all your old smiling faces..." then introduced "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" by mentioning that it was going to be played on Coronation Street: "And this next song is from our album called 'You Are The Quarry' and... the only... the interesting thing about it is that I'm realiably informed that on Monday night, as you all know, on the programme about Weatherfield... somebody in Weatherfield in their flat is playing this song and... I just hope to bejaysus it wasn't Fred Elliot..." Future single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with the line "This song came from me, went through Nancy Sinatra, came back to me... which is a considerable journey..."

After the latter number Morrissey enquired "So it's not bad so far now is it? Yeah? No? Yeah? No?" The Smiths classic "The Headmaster Ritual" was introduced with "I was born and raised in a place called Manch-fester and... I had a disgraceful education and... I was deeply ruined by the education I had and... a little song was written about it... and it's not particularly a good song but, here it is!" After the song he said "Meltdown I think has been fantastic and I would like to thank everybody involved: Glenn, Max, Jane and everybody at the RFH for being so - for indulging me... I know, it must have been horrible for them but, too late now. And I think you'll all agree that the star of Meltdown was David Johansen... I think you'll agree... you may not! (giggles)..." He then asked his most dedicated fan "Julia? David Johansen?" and handed her the microphone so she could answer "You and then David Johansen". Morrissey then replied "Well I'm too bashful, it's got to be David Johansen really..."

In "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", after the line "most people keep their brains between their legs", Morrissey exclaimed "Thank God!". In "I Have Forgiven Jesus" he changed a line to "Tuesday: constipation". After the song he joked "That's one song for Now That's What I Call Music... God somebody laughed and broke that mood..." He then introduced his band members by mentioning the Ordinary Boys, a band he had booked to play the Meltdown festival: "You've met the Ordinary Boys, who are fantastic, and now would you please meet the Ordinary Men, who are fanstastic... here is Boz Boorer... here is Gary Day... here is Deano... here is our great friend Little Barrie... and here is a man of many many many many parts, Mikey V Farrell... and I, of course, am a man of no importance..."

"First Of The Gang To Die" was introduced with the short "This is our new single and... and that's it really..." As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey said "Earlier tonight before I left to come here I was flipping through the television blah-blah-blah-blah and I saw James Brown doing a duet with your favourite, Will Young... I mean fffff... Uh? Say that once more? Aah he's from China?... And of course Will Young is such an easy target which is why I use him of course... Bejaysus the world is full of crashing bores!" After the song he thanked other bands he had booked for Meltdown: "Thank you of course to the Ordinary Boys and also to Gene... who we love... and if you're man enough later, or if you're woman enough later, the Cockney Rejects will be playing and... God bless them!"

The cover of Raymonde's "No One Can Hold A Candle To You" was introduced with the words "This song is written by James Maker and it's called 'Stop Before You Start'." After the song Morrissey announced "Apparently the curator of next year's Meltdown is Prince Harry... which I'm sure is gonna be (pretends to fall asleep)..." Morrissey's next live date was Glastonbury the following day and he addressed the subject after "Rubber Ring": "Is anybody gonna break Glastonbury... Well I think you're very wise, (giggles) I think you should stay home... for your own sake of course..." His final words before going into the encore were "I think after all this time I have finally realised the importance of being... Ernie!"


Two different audience video recordings of the complete set are available to collectors. One was filmed by Chris A from a slightly raised position to the left of the stage. The quality is quite good, the footage is unobstructed and there are many stable close-ups. The other recording was filmed by LOZ from a box to the left of the stage. It is of slightly inferior quality to the other, but still quite good as DVD bootlegs go. Because it was filmed from a greater distance it has the advantage over the other recording of showing the whole stage and the first rows of fans.

Digital video files of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" can be found on the internet. They may have been lifted from a third, uncirculated video recording.

Audio collectors also have the choice of a few recordings available on physical support or in digital format on the internet. The best out there has to be the one taped by Steve from Soundsville International. It features the complete set and the quality is quite good. A second audience recording, this one uncredited, features the complete set as well, but the quality is just average, the sound is more muffled. The audio from the Chris A video recording mentioned above is also found on the internet where audio bootlegs are traded, but the volume is very low and the quality is obviously not comparable to the two real audio-only recordings.


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