17 February 1995|
City Hall, Newcastle
Billy BuddMorrissey's cold was getting worse, but he again managed to hold his voice. Physically he looked rather good and moved a lot across the stage. Security was tight, and not very gentle during the encore. The fans were very receptive, they often chanted Morrissey's name between songs.
An important variation was brought to the set list by dropping "Whatever Happens, I Love You" and replacing it with "London". This was the second Smiths-era song performed live by Morrissey without the Smiths. It had been soundchecked in Hull a few days earlier and made its live debut here in Newcastle. The song was ecstatically received by the fans and this prompted Morrissey to say, after its performance, "Thank you... I'm loved, I'm loved, I'm loved..." Strangely he would comment otherwise later in the gig, after "Moonriver", by saying "I remember the day when you used to be so... lively..."
Morrissey hummed the last few lines in "We'll Let You Know". Before "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" he mumbled "I'm... uh... um... mmm... mmm..." but couldn't express what he had on his mind. Then after the song he managed to go a bit further, but still didn't finish: "I must say that, uh... I'm sure you haven't noticed but..." He was probably unsatisfied of his vocal performance, because of his cold, and was trying to apologise for it. After "Now My Heart Is Full" he enquired "Is anybody here from Morpeth?"
For the usual encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" Morrissey returned to the stage wearing a black and white vintage Newcastle United football jersey. Many fans knew this was the final song of the evening and their last chance to reach their idol. Unfortunately security became very violent in their efforts to stop people from getting on stage. When Morrissey saw what was happening he asked the band to "...Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop! Stop, stop, stop! Can I just ask the security one thing? What are you doing?". The song was started again from the beginning, but without any control the stage was soon flooded with fans. Morrissey and Th'Lads abruptly ended the song and fled backstage, leaving many fans in the audience disappointed because they thought the set had been cut short.
The word on the tambourine that was thrown into the audience on this date looked like 'CANTONA'.
However collectors might want to put in a little more effort and get the original recording from which the above was produced. It features a bit more non-musical material, but more importantly it sounds slightly better.
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