4 November 1991|
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (L.A.), CA
We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulLike many others on this tour, this gig was recorded. Even though it turned out really well, it was not well enough for Morrissey to give the ok for it to be broadcast later on KROQ as it was planned at some point. The London Odeon show from a month prior was broadcast instead.
Security was really tight in order to prevent another situation like that of three days before. There was a five foot barrier between the fans and the stage, with security guards in between, and only a few managed to climb on stage. The news reported that about 25 people were injured, but it seems there was nothing serious, only the usual heat exhaustion and minor injuries.
Morrissey came on stage with glasses and a band-aid on the forehead (see artwork for the "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" single) and started with "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" as if he was picking up where the UCLA show of three days before ended.
Some in between song banter: "Are you reasonably comfortable?" then later, "Are you still comfortable? That's good". Near the end "You've been an incredibly sexy audience".
"Cosmic Dancer" blended into "That's Entertainment" instead of "Disappointed" as was the case earlier on this tour. The beginning of "That's Entertainment" was slower, picking up from "Cosmic Dancer", then it evolved into the usual faster live version. Besides "That's Entertainment", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" and the New York Dolls cover "Trash" were also reintroduced into the set, replacing setlist regulars "Our Frank", "Interesting Drug" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys".
The reintroduction of "Trash" was due to the presence of Arthur Kane and Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls at the concert. They met Morrissey after the show and everyone expressed the mutual admiration they had for one another.
Tickets for this concert were sold in an unusual way, to prevent scalping which is very common in Southern California. The announcement for the concert was made on local radio station KROQ only one hour before they went on sale at midnight on a weeknight, only a few weeks before the concert itself.
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