23 December 1992|
Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulMorrissey was very well received in Germany and the final date of the Your Arsenal tour was a great success. The fans were very enthusiastic and often chanted Morrissey's name. The man himself was in great spirits. He often addressed his audience and now and then changed lines in his songs. Security was very strict and barriers had been put up between the audience and the stage so none of the fans present that evening managed to reach their idol.
There was no change in the setlist, except for the exclusion of "Tomorrow". The concert still started with the three European singles from the album being promoted, followed by the American radio-only single "Glamorous Glue".
After opening song "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" Morrissey asked "Do you know me? How? How? How?". This wasn't England or even the USA, but the crowd still broke into a chant of Morrissey's name after "You're The One For Me, Fatty", then again after "Certain People I Know". Morrissey shook maracas at the beginning of "You're The One For Me, Fatty" when threw them into the audience. After "Glamorous Glue", he loudly growled "YES!" to someone who had shouted something at him from the audience. The fans were teased with the opening notes to "Ouija Board Ouija Board" at the beginning of "November Spawned A Monster". In the latter, Morrissey made a few unusual changes. He sang "could you even bear to kiss me full on the mouth" and "a symbol of where mad, mad lovers must always draw the line".
There was another major chant of Morrissey's name before "The National Front Disco". During that song's noisy ending, Boz jumped into the audience. It took a few minutes but he made it back on stage with the help of a few security men. Alain also dived in the crowd. After that, in contrast, the slow "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" sounded very mellow to the ears. In the latter song, instead of singing "No one has ever given me anything", Morrissey just sang "No... no...".
Morrissey introduced "Jack The Ripper" with "This song is new... the thoughts of Jack The Ripper". Because his musicians were taking time getting ready, Morrissey added (about the thoughts) "... they're not very big". In that song, he changed a line to "If it's the last thing I ever do, I'm gonna have you". Before "Alsatian Cousin" he enquired "Can I ask you one question? Do you ever hear my songs on the radio? (crowd: 'No!') Do you know why?... Well neither do I". He actually laughed at the end of that. The song was followed by a very rocking performance of "Sister I'm A Poet". Morrissey shook a tambourine at the beginning of "The Loop" then threw it into the audience.
Near the end of "Suedehead", Morrissey just moaned instead of singing, crouched and put his head between his hands. He then exited stage while his musicians finished the song. Returning for the encore, Morrissey thanked the audience and said "You're very kind" before going into "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", the song that served as set opener on most of the tour. The show was ended after a second encore, "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" during which Morrissey sent his shirt into the audience to be fought over.
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