31 August 2004|
Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
How Soon Is Now?The above setlist might be in a slightly incorrect order.
This appearance at Edinburgh's T On The Fringe Festival went down well but it wasn't the most memorable date of the tour. Morrissey appeared to be slightly under the weather and he indeed apologised at some point for the singing and explained that he had a cold. He reached out to the 'locals' by mentioning Falkirk twice, as when he introduced a song from the new album with "This is from our new record, 'Falkirk, You Are The Quarry'." He also mentioned the name of a Glasgow venue when he said "We have been asked play the S.E.C.C? (crowd: no!) Was that no as in yes?"
Quite a few changes were made to the setlist. "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" were temporarily dropped, while "Shakespeare's Sister", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "I'm Not Sorry" and "Rubber Ring" were all reinstated. This was the first performance of the latter titles on this British leg, but they all had been regulars earlier on the tour.
When he came on stage Morrissey greeted his audience "Hello Edinburgh!" This show was part of the T On The Fringe Festival, the man's final festival date of the summer, and this prompted him to say "We've been playing as a fringe act at a few festivals this summer... thank God it's over." He couldn't say much more than 'thank you' to his fans after set opener "How Soon Is Now?" because the crowd immediately broke into a loud chant of his name. At the end of "First Of The Gang To Die" he sang "he stole all hearts away, she says oh oh eh eh eh...". He then mumbled "I love you Jesus" as he crossed himself. After the song he asked "Is it too loud?"
After the line "I can't ever understand, why my life has been cursed, poisoned and condemned" in the "Subway Train" intro to "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey deadpanned "have you got an ideas?" in plainly spoken prose, with a half-smirk on his face. At some point Deano and Gary removed their shirts because it was so hot in the venue. Morrissey teased the audience by asking "Deano's just taken off his shirt, would you like to have it?" He then tossed the shirt into the crowd. At some other time in the show he discussed Paul Gascoigne aka Gazza and asked "Has he done anything wrong? Aside from being born?"
Before going into "Shakespeare's Sister" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band. Boz, Gary and Jesse were wearing kilts so Morrissey started "Now, my mother always told me never to talk to men in skirts but really, she doesn't know what she's missing! Would you please say hello to Boz Boorer!... Would you please say hello to Gary Day... and a rousing green-up hello to Deano!... (crowd chants Deano's name) That's favouritism I think, favouritism... and our astounding new friend Jesse Tobias... and when we go to Paisley I'm gonna introduce him as Killer Tobias or Rock Tobias, not Jesse... and a man of many parts, Mikey V Farrell... and I am what's left of Morrissey..."
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "This next song could apply to almost anybody in modern life... except those, except those... and it's called (in a deep Scottish accent) 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores'..." Over the opening bars of the song Morrissey exclaimed "That's very Simple Minds!" Upcoming single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with "We're about to release a new single which I'm sure will go ssssssstorming into the bargain bins and... unless you stop it of course... but don't trouble yourself. Here it is..." The b-side "Munich Air Disaster 1958" was introduced with the warning "You'll probably hate the sentiment of this next song but... it's called 'Munich Air Disaster 1958'... I told you!"
In "I'm Not Sorry" Morrissey extended a line to "there's a wild man in my head, really, there's a wild man in my head, God bless me!". Before going into "Rubber Ring" he teased "I know you want to get home for Waking The Dead but..." In that song he changed a few lines to "A sad factor widely known" and "please God smother me mother". It was very well received and this prompted him to say "Thank you enormously..." before introducing "You Know I Couldn't Last" with another warning, this time "This song is gonna test your patience." At the end of that song he sang "oh look, the squalor of the mind, Dear God, the squalor of the mind, Jesus!, the squalor of the mind".
Before going into "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" Morrissey told his favourite fan "So Julia, much more fun if you're down the front, really... with the hard women of Edinburgh..." Over the length of the show he was usually booed when he mentioned her or talked to her. At some point he asked some offenders to repeat the negative things that they were saying, but he never really acknowledged the answers he got.
Before going into main set closer "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey thanked his opening band: "We would like to thank Dead 60s... and we'd like to thank you for... listening..." He had more thanks for the audience when he returned to the stage for the encore: "Thank you, you've been lovely". That encore was "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and as had recently become tradition he sang the outro chorus to the song, something he never did before this tour. He was actually joined by the audience when he did.
A selection of 10 tracks ("How Soon is Now?", "First Of The Gang To Die", "Let Me Kiss You", "I'm Not Sorry", "Munich Air Disaster 1958", "Rubber Ring", "You Know I Couldn't Last", "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out") was broadcast on BBC Scotland three weeks after the show. This was also webcast in audio from the station's webpage, with the additional songs "Shakespeare's Sister" and "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores".
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