1 October 2004|
Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
How Soon Is Now?The first of two consecutive dates in Philadelphia went down very well. Morrissey was in top form, very talkative and witty. The audience was more responsive than in Washington two day earlier. There were a few stage invaders, particularly during the encore. The setlist length was brought back to the standard 17 songs by the addition of "Munich Air Disaster 1958".
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with a simple "My name is Bruce Springroll!" The explanation for the latter introduction was that another concert was taking place at the same time as this one, the Rock For Change concert in support of American Democrat candidate John Kerry, and the headliner was Bruce Springsteen. After set opener "How Soon Is Now?" Morrissey said "Nice to see your beaming faces... it's Friday, it's Philly, I'll try not to be silly..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he replied to shouts from the audience with "What? Uh? Me? I'm just exactly the same as John Denver, no different, John Denver..."
After "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey had his customary chat with his most dedicated fan: "How's the knee Julia? Alright? Yeah? Mine is really bad... (someone else shouts something) Sssshhhhh! What? What? Are you sure you didn't have tickets for Bruce Springroll? Which what? I've never done this before!" After "I Like You" he said "That was a song from our most recent album, cd, da-da-da-da called 'You Are The Quarry' which is selling quite well... I don't know own it too, but... you?"
In "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" Morrissey followed the line "most people keep their brains between the legs" with a shout of "yes!". After the same line at the very end of the song he said this time "And of course they do!" The band REM were also playing Philadelphia that night so Morrissey then asked the audience "Do you realize that tonight Rocket Bowel Movement are playing somewhere in Philadelphia? Yeah? Did you know that Julia? No? Am I wrong?... (someone shouts; Morrissey answers) Whereto? Take a cab?" The Smiths classic "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was follwed by "That was a song from the album called 'The Queen Is Dad'... or was it '...Dead'? I can't remember..."
After "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of his band: "I am deeply proud to play with these musicians. Would you please put your hands together for Boz Boorer... would you please put your hats together for Gary Day... would you please say hello to Deano (Dontworthy?)... and the sensational Jesse Tobias... and a man of many parts, Mikey V Farrell... And... no..." As an introduction to "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey had an announcement to make: "So I think tonight really just prove one thing: I do sing out of tune occasionally. But it's still somewhat heart-and-purpose and nobody really minds... and in fact, surprise-surprise, we've been invited on your David Letterman show and (crowd cheers)... and we might sing this song, it's on November the 16th. November the 16th. What? What do you mean? What? Who?"
Before going into "Rubber Ring" Morrissey asked "Does anybody have anything to say that would change my life? No?" After the song he returned to the earlier subject of John Kerry: "I don't really care what any of you say, it really does have to be John Kerry. It's got to be. It's got to be. Julia, it must be! Because if it isn't, and if it's that other person, I think you'll all have to go and live in a different country..." Following "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey enquired "Was there ever an American sitcom that was based in Philadelphia? What? Who? Cosby? I didn't like that show... I didn't think that was funny at all... (someone shouts something else) Who are they? Who are they?"
After "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey went to a screaming fan and asked her "Yeah, what? What's your name?" He handed her the microphone for her to shout her name. Morrissey then shouted back "I've never heard of you!". After a short pause he jokingly told the audience "She was an extra on the Cosby show... Don't scream unless you mean it! (crowd screams) You can get me very excited and then... it's all over..." Besides the usual lyrics changes in "Now My Heart Is Full" he sang "just some rain-coated lovers awkward brothers". There was a sound drop of about 12 seconds during the instrumental outro of that song. At the end of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" some stage climber jumped on Morrissey's back and the man teasingly joked "I knew I'd be taken by behind one day..."
Before going into "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" Morrissey asked "So what happens now? No..." After the song he introduced the next planned number with the line "This is a song from 'You Are The Quarry' and it's called 'You Know I Couldn't Last'..." Before going into encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" he cryptically said "For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has... forget it..." During this final song he interrupted his singing to encourage and congratulate stage climbers.
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