3 June 2007|
San Diego (CA), Viejas Concerts at Bayside
The Queen Is DeadFor most people who attended, this concert was a disaster. First of all there were problems with the sound monitors and Morrissey could not hear himself properly. As the set progressed he looked more and more distracted and started to leave out verses and lines. Meanwhile a good portion of the audience looked passive and uninterested, which certainly didn't help, and security was being unreasonably strict with the part of the crowd that was into the show. After three quarters of the planned set Morrissey decided to skip two songs and go straight into main set closer "How Soon Is Now?". However he didn't even finish that one and walked off stage halfway thorough. He was not to come back for an encore. Because of the sound problems, the lacklustre performance, security, the bad atmosphere and the fact that Morrissey left without an apology or an explanation, most fans left bitterly disappointed.
"First Of The Gang To Die" and "Ganglord" returned to the setlist, they replaced "All You Need Is Me" and "At Last I Am Born". The songs that Morrissey dropped were "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Life Is A Pigsty", slotted before "How Soon Is Now?", and the planned encores "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side".
As Morrissey walked on stage he greeted the audience by shouting "Noise is the best revenge!". After set opener "The Queen Is Dead" he simply saying "hola!". After "First Of The Gang To Die" he added "Welcome to this clash and clatter... which we think is music but..." After the usual live change to "Piazza Cavour, what the hell is my life for" in "You Have Killed Me", Morrissey added "nothing!" After that song came Morrissey's first of many complaints about the sound: "Well it sounds horrible here, I hope it sounds okay out there... nothing we can do!"
It sounded like Morrissey changed the first line in "In The Future When All's Well" to "armed with wealth and the very first of health". Halfway into the song he begged "help, Julia, help!". After the song he apologised by saying "You're very kind... that was horrible, but thank you anyway..." In "Disappointed" he extended a few lines to "drank too much and I said too much and there's nowhere to go but down... where else?" and "this world it may lack style, I should know". After the song Morrissey declared "You have nerves of steel... however, I don't!"
Following "Ganglord" Morrissey handed the microphone to his favourite fan Julia who thanked him for coming and said he sounded great from the audience. He thanked her back then passed the microphone over to another female fan who said "I love you Morrissey!" This and the crowd's loud reaction prompted him to laugh and cover his ears. He changed a line in "Girlfriend In A Coma" to "do you really think I'll pull through". After "Let Me Kiss You" he proceeded with the customary introduction of the band: "Fighting every step of the way, Boz Boorer... and could I possibly interest you in Solomon Walker... or, his father, Matt Walker... they're brothers, brothers... and Jesse Tobias... and least, and by last means last, Michael Farrell... and I have no past, no future, no present, nothing..."
When introducing new composition "That's How People Grow Up" Morrissey said he was "...just testing your patience with a new song which is called... which is called 'That's How People Grow Up'..." Near the end of that number he stopped singing and gave some sort of apology that again had likely something to do with the sound. After the song he declared "The goat-like noise that you can hear is my singing voice... but I'd like to assure you that when I'm in the bath it sounds much better..." In the Smiths classic "Panic" he changed a line to "Honey pie I'm not safe here, so I run down to the safety of the town".
Morrissey not only complained about the sound, he also expressed his disappointment about how virtually no one could get up to him. In "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he sang "but it's impossible for the flesh to combine because the security, they won't allow it". When someone finally did get on stage during "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" Morrissey said it was the most exciting thing that had happened all night. He also congratulated someone with "nice try!" and demanded from the audience a "round of applause!" for the fan's efforts. He mentioned the large number of security guards and quipped that he bet that wasn't noted on the tickets.
After "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", as Boz was getting ready for the next planned song, Morrissey had a few words with his other musicians who then launched into "How Soon Is Now?", thus skipping "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Life Is A Pigsty". Morrissey only sang the first verse of "How Soon Is Now?", then a few lines of the second verse, and commented "it's not fair Julia!" in between. As the fans supplied the vocals for the end of that second verse, he put the microphone back on its stand, walked around a bit, looking pensive, then dramatically left the stage without an explanation. The band played a little longer, then brought the song's usual ending forward. Most of the audience didn't even seem to notice most of it had been skipped. Then when Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" came on, signalling the end of the show, the crowd finally woke up and started cheering for Morrissey to come back, but it was too late. Morrissey had had enough and the roadies had started to dismantle the equipment.
A video recording of the complete show is also out there (recorder: Slickmode). This was shot from the center crowd and is generally stable and clear of obstruction. Unfortunately, like the above audio recording, it is not in common circulation at this point in time.
Professionally shot footage is also out there, it is rumoured to be available for the complete show, but this is also not being shared. The source is unknown, but assumed to be a montage of the footage shot for the big screen set next to the stage.
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