19 February 1995|
Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Billy BuddThis was a good show even though Morrissey looked tired from the flu. The crowd was generally very receptive and appreciative. There was a huge pit between the stage and the crowd, with beams going through it, but it still didn't stop some fans from reaching Morrissey.
The recently introduced "London" was kept on the setlist, but it moved up a bit. "Whatever Happens, I Love You" was reinstated in the place of "Hold On To Your Friends", which was dropped for the rest of the tour.
To the usual fake scars and bruises, Morrissey had added a fake love bite on his neck. So following "Have A Go Merchant" someone shouted "How d'you get the love bite?" and Morrissey replied "I'll tell you later..." He ended "We'll Let You Know" with the words "That you couldn't stand to know, and so..." instead of the usual live change "that you wouldn't want to know" or the studio version's "you will ever know".
As the band was about to launch into "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself", someone in the crowd (who was probably familiar with the setlist) shouted "Can we find out for ourselves, Morrissey?". The singer replied "That's not the title... you got it wrong...", giggling. A few songs later he said "As you might know, I got the flu in Hull... and I can't shift it, but... doesn't really matter... this song is called 'Golden Lights'..." Of course he was kidding and the band went into the planned "Whatever Happens, I Love You". Morrissey changed a line in the latter number to "We wore each other's clothes". He would sing it that way for the rest of the tour.
The tambourine thrown into the audience on this date had the word 'SHAG' on it.
Bootleg collectors may also be interested in a recording of the soundcheck. The whole thing is traded on compact discs, but collectors of digital files will have to settle for the only three songs that have made it on the internet: "Billy Budd", "Used To Be A Sweetboy" and "You're The One For Me, Fatty".
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