8 October 2007|
Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood Palladium
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis show was generally very positively reviewed by people who attended. Morrissey was in great spirits and very chatty. He did seem a little uncertain at first, but as the audience showed their warmth, he couldn't help but reciprocate. He interacted with the crowd a lot and accepted many gifts handed to him.
"You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" and "Lucky Lisp" were played on this date for the first time on this third leg of Morrissey's Greatest Hits tour. The following songs also returned to the set: "The National Front Disco", "Ganglord", "I Will See You In Far Off Places", "Human Being", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Life Is A Pigsty". To make space for these, the following songs were temporarily dropped: "You Have Killed Me", "Whatever Happens, I Love You", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "In The Future When All's Well", "Disappointed", "Stretch Out And Wait", "Billy Budd", "London" and "Dear God Please Help Me". So this meant that the set's length was brought back up to 21 songs. It would have even made it to 22 songs had Morrissey played "Good Looking Man About Town" which was scheduled as a first encore before "First Of The Gang To Die".
When he entered stage Morrissey gave the front row quizzical looks as if he was thinking "You, again?!" and pretended to machine gun the crowd. He then greeted the audience with the words "I'm humbled... I'm here!" Over the closing bars of set opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he shouted something that sounded like "Strike! While! Life is hot!" After the song he joked "After so long, it's great to see you..." Over the outro to "Tomorrow" he shouted "Echo Park!". He gave some sort of explanation after the song: "We have just flown in from Echo Park (crowd cheers) so, very jet-lagged..." After "The National Front Disco" he said "You have an honest heart and... that's enough! We're only (?)..."
Following "The Loop" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "The code of tranquility behind me, on this stage, are, the lengendary, me (crowd laughs) Just kidding! Just kidding!... The legendary Boz Boorer... poetry in motion, Solomon Walker... the lamb who ate the lion, Matt Walker... the military rigour of Jesse Tobias... and as you can tell, he's ready for anything, he's Michael Farrell..." After "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey said "If you have any complaints, write to the management." He then introduced "Lucky Lisp" with the words "This is a Japanese song, it's called 'Rucky Risp'..." He did the usual lyric changes in the latter number, but he exceptionally sang the balcony fool line as in the studio version, instead of replacing it with a repeat of "I will gurgle from the circle". After the song's final occurrence of "lucky lisp wasn't wasted on you" he pointed at himself and added "me?". After the song he told someone "Well, I was joking when I said I was a lesbian..."
The b-side "Ganglord" was introduced with the words "This next song is called 'The Lighter Side Of Dying'." A line of the latter song was changed to "Young man remember the police can always be bribed". After the song Morrissey self-deprecatingly said "All of my life I've felt an obligation to always imagine the worst and I haven't let myself down so far..." He adlibbed quite a few minor bits in "I Will See You In Far Off Places", or sang variations on previously heard ones, such "and if Bush! Bush! Bush! doesn't kill you".
Earlier in the show Morrissey had walked up to a fan who was handing him a James Dean picture, asked if it was for him, then had taken the gift. The image had the words "All the world is a stage,all the men and women are merely actors" on it. So before going into "I Like You" Morrissey told the fan "As my friend said, all the world's a stage, and we are but..." and handed him the microphone so he could finish the quote ('...merely actors'). Taking back the microphone Morrissey asked "Not what he really said... Are you sure it isn't something like 'we have our parts'... men and women have their parts, no?" The reason Morrissey was asking was because the quote should have ended with "players" and not "actors".
Morrissey picked up many more gifts during "I Like You". He would hold them up for everyone to have a good look before putting them on the drum rise. One particular gift, a cd or a book, was slipped inside the waistband of his trousers for the length of the song. After the song he told the crowd "We just had to change the microphone because that microphone was out of tune." After "Human Being" he changed into a fresh shirt and jokingly said "Every time I stick a shirt on - stick, 'cause that's what we do, stick a shirt on - I feel a compulsion to throw it (crowd cheers) However, however, whenever I hold a small child I have the same compulsion..." After new composition "That's How People Grow Up" he said "Thank you greatly... We know you could be elsewhere doing other things..." After "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he rewarded the cheering audience with the words "Well the feeling's mutual..."
New song "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with the announcement "You may not realise it yet but, all you need is me..." After the song, to someone who shouted a request for "Sheila Take A Bow", Morrissey replied "Well, no she doesn't. Not tonight anyway..." He then answered someone else's question with "So you will be not remotely surprised to hear that we still have no record contract and - but we have had one offer... and, pffft, which isn't bad but we'd feel much happier if we had two so... if you'd like to make an offer (crowd cheers)..." Following "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" he said, "We're all in favour of a free expression... as long as it's favourable!" Near the end of the show a fan gave him a New York Dolls shirt which he tucked in the waistband of his trousers and wore as an apron for a short time.
When Morrissey and the band came back on stage for the encore they formed a line at the front, arms around each other, and bowed, as they often did. However Morrissey then started pulling the line backwards, and in the process pulled his immediate neighbours Solomon and Jesse down to the floor with him. After getting back up the singer echoed the crowd's chant of "Morrissey! Morrissey!" with his own "Echo Park! Echo Park!".
A crew from LATV filmed many shows from this stretch of the tour, including this one. However, the footage they ended up using with the Morrissey interview broadcast later in the year was a mix of Santa Barbara a week and a half earlier, and the 11 October Hollywood Palladium show 3 days later. Bucky Fukumoto and someone else were also there filming for Morrissey himself.
Some footage of this date (source unknown) has been included on a bootleg 2-DVD set featuring material from all Morrissey shows at the Palladium in October 2007.
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