16 October 1999
Pier 2, Bremen, Germany

You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
The Boy Racer
Billy Budd
Reader Meet Author
Is It Really So Strange?
Hairdresser On Fire
November Spawned A Monster
Roy's Keen
Meat Is Murder
Trouble Loves Me
Now My Heart Is Full
Break Up The Family
/Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
This concert went down well. Morrissey was in top form and was well received. For the fourth night in a row not a single fan managed to climb on stage, despite quite a few attempts. It seemed like Morrissey didn't want anyone up there anymore, probably because of the recent events in Santa Barbara having led to Alain Whyte's back injury and the cancellation of the following concert in Las Vegas. Not to help things, the stage was very far from the fans.

There was no surprise in the setlist, but "Sunny" was replaced with "Lost".

After Morrissey and his band entered stage, the singer picked up the microphone and greeted the crowd in German: "Guten Morgen... Welcome West Ham Girls!" The West Ham Girls were fans who were following Morrissey around, reporting their experiences to their (now defunct) website called MorrisseyTour.com. They had designed their own t-shirts with that name on it.

In the 1999 live version of "Is It Really So Strange?" Morrissey made many new lyric changes. One of them was replacing one line to something like "Oh yes you can slice me, and you can butt me, and you can dislocate my shoulder but you won't change the way I feel" and on this date he took it further and sang "Oh yes you can skin me, and you can butt me, and you can break my spine but you won't change the way I feel".

Besides the numerous usual live changes in "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey also sang "home of the flash, outrageous and free" and further down "home of the rash, outrageous and free". After the song he encouraged chanting fans with the words "Louder, louder..." In "Speedway" he changed a line to "when you try to break my spirit it won't happen because there isn't much left". After the song he enquired "Is anybody here actually from Bremen or do you come from other places like... Hamburg? (...) Does anybody live in Bremen? I'm wondering if you live in Bremen? No? I didn't think so..."

Besides the usual live changes in "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey also personalised a few lines by singing "could you even dare to kiss me full on the mouth" and "I'm so ugly, so ugly". Next, "Lost" was introduced with "We play this song quite badly, and it's called, 'Lost'." In "Roy's Keen" Morrissey made the previously heard change "we've never seen a keener midfielder", but he also sang "Even when it's under your nose, you just can't smell it, can you? Well it's here right under your nose and you just can't smell it, can you?"

When the band returned to the stage after a short break to perform the encore, Morrissey thanked his fans with "Thank you, you sexy beasts!". At the end of "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he threw two West Ham Boys Club shirts into the audience before exiting for good.

"The Loop", "Satan Rejected My Soul", "This Charming man", "I Am Hated For Loving", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and "Certain People I Know" were supposedly heard at soundcheck. Of these, only "I Am Hated For Loving" would be played on this tour, early in the next year.


A good audience recording of the complete concert (minus the intro to "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" is available from bootleg traders and on the internet.


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