15 December 1992|
Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK
We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulThis was Morrissey's first solo concert in his hometown, and the last one for many years. The show was a great one, but it still didn't go down very well with the audience which, bar the first few rows, was not very lively. Morrissey actually commented about this concert being dull the following night in Glasgow. There was no change in the setlist except for the return of "Jack The Ripper".
As Morrissey walked on stage he greeted the audience by asking "Are you (undecipherable?)? Are you sure?" He made the usual lyric changes in "Girl Least Likely To", as well as a less common one: "someone's got to say it she screams". The fans were teased with the opening notes to "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" at the beginning of "November Spawned A Monster". This was becoming a tradition on this leg of the Your Arsenal tour. Morrissey mumbled instead of saying "Los Angeles" in "Glamorous Glue".
When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey told the crowd "I must say I'm very confused... and I'm not even sure why I'm confused, but I suppose - ssshhh! - you knew that anyway... But err..." The reason for these words was most likely the audience's lukewarm reception. During standard set closer "The National Front Disco" Morrissey danced briefly with a fan who had made it on stage. He couldn't get very far into the song because too many fans were climbing up, so he decided to escape early. The song still ended in an extended chaotic jam of feedback as it always did when performed live. At one point Boz, who was in drag with a red wig (the same way he dressed for the recent Halloween concert) shouted angrily at a security man who was being violent.
"Ouija Board, Ouija Board" was heard soundchecked in full, but the song was never played on this tour.
The other recording is slightly inferior because it is muffled. It is the least common of the two recordings.
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