6 September 2004|
How Soon Is Now?This was a great concert despite the heat. Morrissey was in fine form, very playful and talkative. The audience was very energetic and receptive. The pressure from the crowd was so intense that some people had to be pulled out from the first rows and the barriers holding the crowd back had to be rearranged before the encore. There were many attempts to get on stage, a few of them successful. Security was generally firm but not brutal despite all the action. The venue was small and the stage could barely hold the 'backdrop' of letters spelling out Morrissey's name.
There were many setlist changes from the previous night, but nothing was played that hadn't been played elsewhere earlier on this tour. "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "I Have Forgiven Jesus", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", "I'm Not Sorry" and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" returned, while "Jack The Ripper", "Munich Air Disaster 1958", "Shakespeare's Sister", "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "November Spawned A Monster" and "You Know I Couldn't Last" were dropped. Unfortunately this meant that the set was shortened down from 17 to 16 songs.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with "Monday, Bridlington, where else would you be?". After set opener "How Soon Is Now?" he extended his greeting with "Welcome to our miserable little gig..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he enquired "Where the hell do you live? Bridlington? (crowd cheers) Leeds? (more cheers, some boos) Brighouse? (some cheers) Doesn't matter really..." After "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" he commented on the heat to his favourite fan "Well Julia we lost five stones in Blackpool, and I think the same is gonna happen in Bridlington... Would you stand the course?"
Near the end of "I Like You" Morrissey was interrupted by a stage invader, lost his thread and couldn't sing what was left of the words. The band kept on playing instrumental while Morrissey shouted "They refuse to stop! They can't stop! Somebody do something quick!... The song with no ending..." As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey asked "I actually can't think of one person who's famous from Bridlington. Was there anybody? Well I mean apart from Seth Armstrong... Who? Sorry? Yeah you! (fan: me!) And you're famous for what? (fan: for being me!) Well that really's not gonna count... That's fine for your mother but not for the Greater Universe... Who? Some crusty old rugby player in there? Who? Sorry?... Oh yes, very good point... I think..." Then over the opening bars of the song he just said "Amy Johnson."
Morrissey bridged the latter number to "I Have Forgive Jesus" with the line "That song was called 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores' which... is a fact of life... and this song I can never quite manage to sing in tune but... I don't really care..." He changed the line "Wednesday: condescension" in "I Have Forgiven Jesus" to "Wednesday: degradation". After the song he asked "Was I remotely in tune? What, just remotely? Thank you... I'm remotely in tune... P-I-T..." The audience then started chanting and Morrissey pretended to be overwhelmed by the emotion and faked sobbing.
Before going into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey introduced his band members: "Direct from (?) Pub, would you please say hello to Boz Boorer... and to Gary Day... and to the lovely, on the drumkit, Deano... and the sensational Jesse Tobias... and Mikey V Farrell... Yeah..." After "Now My Heart Is Full" he asked "Are you having a good (struck down?) at the Spa? Yeah what does that mean exactly? Say what? No I never heard, I never heard..." He then introduced "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" with the line "This song, we played this song on a certain radio session... Why is that news? It will pass in time believe me... I just like nodding off, you know... Here I am... Julia, you know... What? What?... 'Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice'..."
Upcoming single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with "Despite public demand we are releasing a new single and... and it goes nothing like this..." The following planned number was "I'm Not Sorry" and this one was introduced with the line "This is another song from our cd album called 'You Are The Quaary' which (someone shouts You Ate The Curry!)... What? You made curry? Something absurd... Where'd you get that from? (someone answers he said it earlier on the tour) Not mine (giggles) I don't think so... I don't think so... Am I Britain's (?) I think I should leave..."
In "I'm Not Sorry" Morrissey followed the line "I'm not sorry for the things I've done" with "I am!". He then replaced the first occurrence of the line "I'm slipping below the waterline" with something different but undecipherable. Throughout the song he adlibbed many little extra bits between lines. At some point he said "I'm only a small person!" After the song he asked again "Is anything hideously out of tune?" Shortly after, "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" was introduced with "This song is from an album called 'Your Arse And All'..." Morrissey then apologetically said "Wasn't funny, was it?" while grinning like a naughty schoolboy.
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encore his final words were the quick and simple "Thank you for being so nice..." Despite being slotted as the encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was performed without the extended outro.
"Come Back to Camden" was heard soundchecked during the afternoon. It was expected to be added to the setlist shortly after, but it never was. At the time these lines were written, it is the only song from "You Are The Quarry" that has never been done live.
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