5 June 2007|
Ventura (CA), Majestic Ventura Theatre
The Queen Is DeadAfter the mess of the previous gig in San Diego, fans were relieved that this one turned out well. Morrissey was in top form and the band was flawless. The audience was very receptive and loudly appreciative. However a few troublemakers had to be kicked out before the show even started, and a few more almost brought the concert to a premature end (read further). The sound was not the best, but it wasn't bad enough to ruin the show.
Ventura was treated to a 20-song setlist instead of the typical 22-song one of this leg of the tour. New composition "All You Need Is Me" returned, while "First Of The Gang To Die", "Girlfriend In A Coma" and "Panic" were temporarily dropped and replaced with "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "Life Is A Pigsty" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" which had been skipped in San Diego.
Morrissey jokingly greeted the audience at the beginning of the show by shouting "Welcome to the Hollywood Bowl!". He ended set opener "The Queen Is Dead" with a loud "TA-DA!", then joked again, this time by stating "and, this is our last song... kidding..." He was of course referring to the San Diego debacle. He took a usual lyric change in "Ganglord" further when he sang "get your fat ass back to the ghetto, the ghetto, just get your scrawny ass back to the ghetto, the ghetto, get your miserable ass back to the ghetto". After the song he alluded to the previous show again by saying "So please tell me that San Diego was just a bad dream... It didn't really happen did it? Well I think it did..."
After "The National Front Disco" Morrissey struggled to say something that finally came out as the question "Did anybody come here the last time we played here? Is that no?" He was at the beginning of a 3-date stretch around Los Angeles so in "Let Me Kiss You" he changed a line to "I've zigzagged all over Los Angeles". He also twisted one of that song's usual lyric change to "I've heard that you'll do anything twice". After the song he explained "That was a song from our beautiful 'You Are The Quarry', meaning 'this a web, I'm the bait, this is a trap, you are the quarry'..." After the Smiths classic "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" he said "Well it's been a long and a filthy road... Julia do you agree?" and handed his favourite fan the microphone so she could answer. He followed the opening line in "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "I'm standing in the dock" with the question "where else?" Further into the song he sang "Can't you see how your rules spoil the game". Then at the very end he followed the final line "it's a lot like life" with the question "What life?"
The Smiths classic "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was introduced with the line "We would like to sing a song from something called 'Southpaw Grammar' (crowd cheers) However, 'cause nobody really likes this cd... except me, and Julia, otherwise, we'll stiff with what we done wrong..." The song drew the crowd into a huge sing-along and was very well received. Morrissey thanked the crowd, then insisted, "No, thank you"..." Besides the numerous usual lyric changes in "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he also sang "win yourself a cheap tray if you want to, otherwise share some greased tea with me". After the song he explained "Lots of people seem to think that these songs have what's comically known as double meanings. However, as I said in Omaha, they don't even have single meanings, so... See how a fool they were..."
The crowd favourite "Disappointed" was introduced with the untrue "And years and years ago, before all of you were born, this was a song that nobody liked..." One of that number's lines was extended to "there's nowhere to go but down, for a change". Following that Morrissey had another chit-chat with fans in the front rows: "Anybody have anything exciting to say? Now be careful! (fan asks him if he'll ever play a certain place) Well, it's a very simple answer... No. (moves to someone else) Yes? Want to say something? What's your sign? (fan quotes from Klaus Nomi song; Morrissey makes unflattering face) But why should I forget your fate? Did you say - you didn't say 'Angels and Gender'?"
Morrissey did many of the previously heard lyric changes in "You Have Killed Me", but also sang "'til you came with the key and you didn't do too badly but..." and "what the hell is my funny for?" Then halfway into that song, four or five 'greasers' collectively invaded the stage and seeing how they couldn't be handled all at once, security decided to escort Morrissey off stage. Meanwhile the band kept on playing for a short time until Boz motioned his bandmates to stop by using a throat-cutting gesture. They then followed their boss backstage. After the place was cleared Morrissey and the band returned and the singer joked "Everybody wants to get their hands on my bank account! Can't see any reason! That's true!"
New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the question to a fan: "Is your car fixed? No? Well, that's how people grow up!" As if that wasn't clear enough, after the song he added "So that was called 'That's How People Grow Up'... Max? And that's it really..." He playfully adlibbed many minor bits in "I Will See You In Far Off Places". His parting words before the encore were "Our little strange school bus that has the word Misery on the front is about to head its way to Riverside and - I think you'll be there..." The encore in question was "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" and in it Morrissey changed a line to "I cannot do it any longer, I don't think so, I'm gonna need someone on my snide". He also did the usual live changes and improvised many more. Over the song's ending he shouted "This is what you get when you leave the house! You miss Entourage and you miss (?)..."
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