31 October 1991|
Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View (S.F.), CA
November Spawned A MonsterLike most visits to California, this concert was a great success. Security was minimal and therefore there was a good deal of stage climbing, particularly during the first few songs and the final one. Many pieces of clothing were sent on stage over the length of the show, including a bra that briefly ended up around Morrissey's neck. There was no change in the setlist and the new yet-to-be-released compositions "Pashernate Love" and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" were performed.
Already in set opener "November Spawned A Monster" a handful of fans made it on stage. One of them grabbed Morrissey around the waist, from behind, and lifted him off the floor a few times. Morrissey looked surprised and was obviously unable to sing until the fan was removed by security. The following song "Alsatian Cousin" also saw a deluge of fans on stage, and again a few of them made Morrissey miss a few lines as security had a difficult time removing them from around their idol's neck.
Starting with "Our Frank" the pace of stage climbers slowed down to something more manageable. One of the few fans who made it up during that song held Morrissey's hand and danced with him instead of constraining his moves. After "King Leer" Morrissey looked like he wanted to say something, but could only mumble "Yep, no... errr..." In "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" he mistakenly repeated the "turn left..." line when he should have be singing the "drive on..." one. After the latter song he again tried to say something, started "So err...", but giggled and never said what he meant to say.
During "Interesting Drug" another fan ran on stage and tackled Morrissey, making him miss a few words. New composition and recent live addition "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" was obviously unknown to everyone in the crowd (except for those who had attended the previous gig in Seattle) so it was introduced with the words "This song is very new and it's called 'We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful'... Yeeaahhhhh!"
This was Halloween night and many fans in the crowd were dressed. This prompted Morrissey, after "Everyday Is Like Sunday", to ask "I'm just slightly curious to know, is today Halloween? (crowd cheers)... Hmmm..." The other new and unfamiliar composition "Pashernate Love" also needed an introduction: "This song is called (Morrissey articulates:) 'Pashernate Love'." During "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" another fan ran into Morrissey and made him miss a few words.
Like most of the Kill Uncle tour, this concert was filmed and the footage was seriously considered for release. Those plans were shelved and the show that ended up being released was the Dallas one from earlier in the year. Finally, in 2014 the redesigned cd edition of the "Your Arsenal" album came with a bonus DVD of full the concert.
The audio was ripped from the latter video recording and has made it on bootleg cds and in digital format on the internet. However the sound is a bit muffled and many collectors of audio bootlegs prefer the better sounding and quite common audience recording credited to taper Markp. A different audience recording, this one of unknown source, is also out there. It probably came to us via a tape transfer because the sound is rather bad. It lacks the middle of "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" because the recording tape had run out and needed to be flipped over.
The manufactured bootleg cd "His Master's Voice" features good audience recordings of "Piccadilly Palare", "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and "Pashernate Love" from this concert as well as a near complete gig from 4 October 1991. These three songs, if correctly credited to this date, seem to have been lifted from a different source than the ones mentioned above.
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