7 February 1995|
City Hall, Sheffield
Billy BuddThe venue was filled with cameras and bright lights because the concert was filmed. As the lights went down, the pre-concert intro "Jerusalem" was played, and Morrissey was expected to hit the stage, but fans were surprised to see someone else come on. It was Dockyard Doris, a drag queen from London. She gave some banter about how she had known Morrissey for a long time and that he was still drinking Stones Bitter amongst other things. She then introduced him as "... the one and only Twinkle of Camden Town, Morrissey!". She finally asked the crowd to give her a M, an O, a double R, etc. until Morrissey's name was spelt. Then Morrissey came on stage.
Security was relaxed, they were again instructed by Morrissey to control the crowd and let the fans have their chance one at a time. So there was a constant flow of people on stage throughout the show. Morrissey wasn't too talkative, but he still gave a powerful performance.
As elsewhere on this tour Morrissey threw a tambourine with something inscribed on its skin into the audience after coming on stage, and on this date the word on the tambourine was 'SELF'. Before going into "The National Front Disco", Morrissey simply said "Because we must...". At the end of "Whatever Happens, I Love You" he whispered to the audience "I love you". Later he said "thank you for turning up tonight... it really does mean a lot to me...". For the encore of "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" Morrissey returned to the stage wearing a blue Sheffield football shirt from the 60s.
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