11 December 1992|
City Hall, Sheffield, UK
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideMorrissey's return to perform in his home country, where the press and a portion of his old audience was after him, turned out rather well. The concert was a very good but uneventful one. Morrissey and his musicians were not as energetic as they were on the recent American dates, but they still gave a good performance. The crowd was very enthusiastic, singing along and breaking into chants of Morrissey's name on many occasions. Very few of the fans managed to make it on stage.
There was no surprise in the setlist which returned to the earlier standard of 18 songs. "Jack The Ripper" had finally been released earlier that week, so some fans in the audience might have been familiar with it.
After opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", the crowd broke into the first of many chants of Morrissey's name. After "Glamorous Glue", Morrissey tried to say something, starting "So err... so..." but never managed to finish what he meant to say. Morrissey picked up a pair of maracas at the beginning of "You're The One For Me, Fatty" and shook them during the first verse, then sent them flying into the crowd. He did the same later on, at the beginning of "The Loop", with a tambourine.
In "Girl Least Likely To", Morrissey made the usual lyrics changes as well as a less common one, "standing round the shops with chips". Before and after "We'll Let You Know", the impatient crowd chanted Morrissey's name again. After "Sister I'm A Poet", Morrissey tried once again to say something, and like before, didn't get anywhere: "Well err... I err..". After "Suedehead", the crowd went again into another major chant of Morrissey's name. During "Jack The Ripper"'s intrumental bridge, Morrissey collapsed onto the floor, then got up to resume the song.
Two different audience recordings are available on audio only on the internet. Neither appears to have been lifted from either of the video recordings. The one usually found on MP3 format sounds rather good while the one usually found on WMA format doesn't. Both feature the full concert.
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