7 September 2004|
City Hall, Newcastle
How Soon Is Now?This was one of the best shows of this portion of the tour promoting "You Are The Quarry". Morrissey was in the best of moods, he was very talkative and answered almost every question shouted at him from the audience. Security was relaxed and quite a few fans made it on stage, particularly after having been invited by Morrissey.
The setlist was brought back to the tour-standard of 17 songs with the return of "Shakespeare's Sister", "November Spawned A Monster", "Munich Air Disaster 1958" and "You Know I Couldn't Last", while "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" and "I'm Not Sorry" were temporarily dropped.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted his fans "Meanwhile, back in Newcastle..." After set opener "How Soon Is Now?" he joked "That's all we do, goodbye!... (answers someone) I can be!" After "First Of The Gang To Die" he extended his greeting with "Welcome to our pop concert... because that's what it is... nothing more... everything less..." Following "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" he told the audience "Thank you for whistling..." then answered someone with "Yeah? Well you should get back on the top list I think..."
The Morrissey classic "November Spawned A Monster" was introduced with the line "Now for reasons known only to God this next song reached number 12 in the British - what do you call it? - pop chart (crowd boos)... which is a very very high number, it really is, twelve!" Between two lines in that number he told someone "very funny!" After the song he teasingly said "Well, you think I've aged but, so have you!" Morrissey introduced upcoming single "Let Me Kiss You" with "Now, just to completely annoy people at Top Of The Pops we are about to release a new single... and it's... (someone shouts that they will kiss him before the end of the song) Uh? What? Obviously from Durham... I've said the wrong thing! For once!" After the song he asked the audience "Yes but will you actually buy it?... Life..."
Before going into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "With further ado, could I introduce you to the New York Shedolls... Julia if only I was funny... (fan shouts something) What? Uh? Where is what? See, he wants to know where Julia is? I told you, I told you... (returns to introduction) This is, with a troubled face, Boz Boorer... steady on... the inimitable Gary Day... on the drumkit, the wonderful Deano!... the sensational Jesse Tobias... and that's Jesse as in Jesse James, not Jessie as in Jessie Matthews... Jessie Matthews, Jessie Matthews, oh God!... Mikey V Farrell... and I am somebody you'd love to meet in the dark..." Then over the opening bars of the "Subway Train" intro to "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey added "...and you will! Soon!"
"I Like You" was introduced with "We have a recent album hanging called 'I...' - I'm sorry, 'You Are The Quarry', from which... 'I Like You'..." After the song he said "There was a black and white film made in 1961, in Newcastle, which was called... (some drunk fan shouts something) What? Tsk-tsk-tsk... What was it called? What? Starring Billy Whitehall, Michael Crane... no... (Morrissey looks disappointed that nobody knows) really it was made in, it's filmed in Newcastle... This is really terrible! Well, of course it was called 'Payroll' and the only interest... it was the British realism, working class nonsense... and the only interesting thing about this film is that there wasn't one person throughout the entire film with a Geordie accent! (crowd cheers/boos)... That's it!"
After "I Like You" Morrissey teased the audience into action by announcing "We had a very good time in Bridlington... and some people actually got. On. To. The. Stage... which was very surprising..." This had the desired effect, a few lines into the following number a few fans took him up on his invitation. After "You Know I Couldn't Last" he said very playfully "Now the only ambition I have in life is to be in Q Magazine... because it's just a fantastic publication!" After "Rubber Ring" someone asked Morrissey if he would manage the Newcastle foot team and the man replied "What? Do I what? Really don't think so... I'm interested in High Art... I can't attain it, but I'm interested in it... Morpeth? Skeepsie? No?"
In "I Have Forgiven Jesus" Morrissey changed "Wednesday: condescension" to "Wednesday: degradation". After the song someone shouted for "Irish Blood, English Heart" and Morrissey asked him "Why, do you have a bus to catch or something? You know what do they say about people who take the bus? I love the bus..." When he returned to the stage for the encore his final words were a quick "Thank you for listening..." The encore was "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and in it Morrissey slightly extended a line to "But then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn't ask... you".
Thanks to Mike Spendlove for contributing.
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