22 October 2004|
The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
How Soon Is Now?This was one of the best shows of the American stretch of the You Are The Quarry tour. Morrissey was very talkative and energetic. He was also sexually suggestive, he caressed himself and threw two of his shirts into the crowd after using them to wipe the sweat off his chest and crotch. The fans were appreciative but only one of them made it on stage. The only change in the setlist was the return of "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel" at the expense of "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice".
When they entered stage Morrissey and his musicians formed a line at the front, arms around each other, and bowed. Morrissey then took his microphone and greeted the audience by saying "Atlanta, we are up your ass!" After set opener "How Soon Is Now?" he added "Welcome to the Tabernacle... please, please behold, it's nice to see your... squishy faces..." After "First Of The Gang To Die" he looked around for his favourite fan and asked "Julia?" When he saw her he breathed a sigh of relief. During the bridge in "November Spawned A Monster" he writhed on the floor as he often did.
After the latter number Morrissey asked if the venue was better than another one where he had played on an earlier tour: "And is it better than the Fox Theatre? (crowd cheers)... Yes or no?..." He then introduced "I Like You" with "This song is from 'You Are The Quarry' and it's called 'Hot Dog'. Not really, it's called 'I Like You'..." After the song he chatted with another fan in the front row: "You're already quite far from home aren't you? Yeah? I noticed it by the sign, but where is it exactly? (fans says she's from Australia) Where exactly in Australia? (fan: Perth) Oh dear!" Following a comment Morrissey made during a show a few weeks earlier a fan had a "Jon Stewart for president" t-shirt made for him. Morrissey thanked the fan with the words "Well thanks to whoever gave me the Jon Stewart t-shirt (crowd cheers)... God bless Jon Stewart (some cheer, some boo)... Well I think so anyway..."
The Smiths classic "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was introduced with "The past, the only good thing about the past is, thank God it's gone, however... there are interesting nuggets, of which, Maestro!" After that song Morrissey asked "Julia? Is it alright so far? (whole audience cheers) Julia? (Julia: it's great) Thanks..." It was election time in the States and after "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" Morrissey asked "Now before we go any further, please tell me, please tell me, please tell me this is not Bush Country (crowd cheers/boos; Morrissey gives an uncomfortable giggle)... Yes but are you actually gonna vote? (crowd cheers)... Well, please, any alternative would do, anybody would do... even me!"
After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey changed shirts and said "My personal credo on life is when in doubt, change your shirt... it never fails, just watch!" After "Now My Heart Is Full" he introduced his band members: "If you can see it in your heart, would you please say hello to... maestro Boz Boorer... to the twelve and only Gary Day... to the godly Deano... and beyond belief, Jesse Tobias... and to a man of so many parts, some of which are plugged in, Mikey V Farrell..." Before going into "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" he teasingly asked the audience "Can you take any more? Are you man enough? Are you woman enough? That covers just about anybody..."
Morrissey introduced current single "Let Me Kiss You" by mentioning its lack of extended chart success: "We are still number 8 in the British pop music charts (crowd cheers) however, the mid-week prediction for next week is 7000, so one more indignity to suffer I suppose but... do we care? (crowd no!) Well I do!" Then "The World Is Full Is Crashing Bores" was introduced with "Okay, just for one, just one, just for one absolutely revolting minute would you - be quiet! - just for one dreadful second would you just imagine that this is some truly revolting programme on MTV, which is easy I know since they're all revolting... and would you please tell me, just for curiosity's sake, just for curiosity's sake, yes? Curiosity? Sake? Who is... (changes subject) Look at the band, look at the musicians, the group, and who is the sexiest? Who? Well, I think we can all safely say that I won that one... (returns to original subject) And talking of, I mean, MTV, it's such an easy target isn't it... but it never fails to remind me that the world is fffull of crashing bores..."
Before "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" Morrissey returned to the subject of the upcoming elections: "Do you think there's any hope for the future? Really? 'Cause I do, I really do... Once we get rid of Bush, honestly, the world will be a safer place..." The main set closer "You Know I Couldn't Last" was simply announced with the line "And on 'You Are The Quarry' this song is the quiet exit..." Encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was cryptically introduced with "If I was a gynecologist, I would be very happy by what I can see tonight... and yet Julia, another day passes like a dream, it really does... it really does, can you name that tune?" At the end of the song, just as they had done at the beginning of the show, Morrissey and his musicians got into a line at the front of the stage, arms around each other, and bowed before exiting.
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