13 October 2004|
Morris PAC, South Bend, IN
How Soon Is Now?This was one of the smallest shows on this tour. An estimated 700-800 seats were sold, so 1/3 of the venue. One ticket was given away with every ticket sold on the day of the show. This didn't stop Morrissey from being in the best of moods, very talkative and very sexually suggestive. The low turnout was a good thing for the fans who could easily make it up front to shake their hero's hand, or even climb on stage. About 8 to 10 fans made it up there, sometimes with Morrissey's help. Others were lucky enough to have the man sign autographs for them between songs. One fan even had a painting signed. The audience itself wasn't the most energetic, but still appreciative.
The planned setlist was brought back down to 17 tracks by dropping "Now My Heart Is Full", "Rubber Ring", "Shakespeare's Sister and "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and adding "Jack The Ripper", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice". However Morrissey decided at the last minute to skip the latter song, so the audience ended up only getting 16 songs.
Morrissey acknowledged or made fun of the low attendance on many occasions throughout the evening. It started when he greeted the audience at the beginning: "Welcome to our pub show!" He asked "Did you really think we were going to sell out tonight? I bet you wish we were the Dixie Chicks, much as you wish we were... only kidding!" At some point he pretended he was counting heads with his index finger. There was only one row of people in the balcony, so Morrissey told them "If you get cold, we can get you some blankets... It could be arranged..."
When Morrissey introduced a song from his most recent album, he said "We have a new album out... it's called 'You Are The Quarry'... thanks for downloading it." He asked the crowd "What other super trendy acts have played here?" Various answers were shouted, Morrissey couldn't make them out, and asked "Who? The Ozark Mountain Daredevils?". Someone mentioned U2, to which Morrissey retorted "You too?" Morrissey also asked about whether or not there were good radio stations in the area. Based on the lack of responses, he told the audience that it was their fault if their radio stations were like the British ones in the 1940s. He also enquired about good record stores.
After "Jack The Ripper" Morrissey went around to his musicians and told them to skip "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" which was next on the setlist, and to go straight into "Bigmouth Strikes Again". At some point halfway into the show he introduced his musicians, as he always did on this tour. When the time came for him to introduce himself he said "Don't say hello to me... I'm not nice..." When someone in the audience shouted "Thank you!" he asked "For what?".
There were quite a few stage invaders during "Everyday Is Like Sunday". One fan made it there as the song ended, so Morrissey, as he went back to her to shake her hand, told her "You timed it a bit late, didn't you?" When he introduced his newest single "Let Me Kiss You" someone shouted "We can't buy it in America!" Morrissey answered "Well, record companies are really complicated... You're far too young to understand things like that..."
As always Morrissey had a few words with his favourite fan Julia. On this date he asked her how many shows she had attended so far: "Do you mind if I ask you a tedious question? How many?" and handed her the microphone for her to answer "256". Morrissey replied "That's a lot, it's not just anybody... Not Grand Funk Railroad, but Mor... Mor... Mor... (crowd: 'Morrissey!') Yes, that's the name." During the encore of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" there were a few more stage invaders. Seeing this Morrissey teasingly asked "Why did you wait so late?"
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