24 November 1992|
Limelight, New York, NY
The Last Of The Famous International PlayboysThe first of the three New York gigs was a big disappointment for many fans. It was booked in a nightclub, so the stage was very small and there was not enough space for a backdrop. There wasn't an opening act, just techno music. Throughout the show, there was a lot of crowd surfing and stage diving. The doors had been closed by the Fire Dept. and the place was really packed, more than it was legally allowed. The band was warned that they would have to stop the concert, and this is what happened, only halfway into the planned set. The reason given was overbooking and fire hazard, but there were fights in the audience, and that certainly didn't help.
At midnight, MTV's Dave Kendall came on stage and announced to an impatient crowd that "The Mozzerman" would be taking the stage in half an hour. Morrissey finally came on, followed by his band. As early as the opening song, "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", fans started to climb on stage, trying to reach their idol. During the second number, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", Morrissey gradually unbuttoned his shirt to reveal the words "SLIP IN" written across his chest.
After "November Spawned A Monster", Morrissey started to say "I would say that you seem to be..." but was interrupted by someone who shouted for "Oscillate Wildly", which prompted him to reply "Oh yeah, we'll do that one". After "You're The One For Me, Fatty", Morrissey started to look overwhelmed by the action on stage and in front of him, and the security trying to keep control of the situation.
During the beginning of "The Loop", Morrissey shook a tambourine which he threw into the audience when it was time for him to grab the microphone. After "Interesting Drug", he asked the packed audience "Are you nice and comfortable?". Halfway into "Glamorous Glue", which was to be the final number of the evening, Morrissey left the stage and the band noisily finished the song without vocals. As they did with usual set closer "The National Front Disco", the song ended in an improvised jam of feedback. Gary poured beer over and smashed his bass, Spencer violently smashed his drums and they left as well.
Other songs on the planned set list were: "He Knows I'd Love To See Him", "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "I Know Its Going To Happen Someday", "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", "Suedehead" and possibly "The National Front Disco".
"Pashernate Love" and "There Speaks A True Friend" were heard at the soundcheck.
An audience recording of the full concert minus the end of "Glamorous Glue" is also circulated on bootleg DVDs. The filming was done from the center balcony. The camera is shaky at times and the recording has a few skips and glitches, but there are good closeups of Morrissey and the band.
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