2 November 1999
Alcatraz, Milano, Italy

You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
The Boy Racer
Alma Matters
Billy Budd
Reader Meet Author
Is It Really So Strange?
Hairdresser On Fire
November Spawned A Monster
Break Up The Family
Trouble Loves Me
Now My Heart Is Full
Meat Is Murder
/Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Morrissey was very well received by the Italians on this first of two dates in their country. He fed off their love and even helped a few get up on stage and hug him. There was no change in the setlist.

Morrissey's greeting to the Milanese audience was "Milano! My name is Morrissey!" He rolled the 'R' sound in his name to echo the way it was chanted by the audience before he walked on stage. As he had done earlier here and there on the tour while singing the "he thinks he's got the whole world in his hands, stood at the urinal" line in "The Boy Racer", he waved a banana at crotch level then threw it into the audience.

"Reader Meet Author" was dedicated to a fan who was following him along the tour: "This song is for Julia who is here tonight and who turned 100 a few days ago... she doesn't look it..." This was possibly the first of many many times Morrissey would be talking to, or about, this fan over the upcoming years. She was at the time the editor of a fanzine called "True To You". The fanzine would evolve over the years into a semi-official fanpage. In "Reader Meet Author" Morrissey sang "I'd be the first away because I'm that type", a live change he had done earlier but not anymore at this point in time.

"Is It Really So Strange?" was introduced with the sarcastic "I hope somebody knows this song..." After the extremely well received "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey said "you're welcome" to the fans in their language: "Prego... it's all I know...". Despite that claim, he also knew "grazie" because he had thanked the audience with it earlier in the show. After "Lost" he gave a few answers to things shouted to him by members of the audience: "Yes, I remember, I remember..." and "It can't be true, it can't be true..."

In "Break Up The Family" Morrissey usually changed "I want to see all my friends tonight" to "I want to be with my friends tonight", but as he was about to do this on this date he saw someone extending themselves to try to touch him so he sang "I want to touch my friends, thank you, back to track..." He then managed to extend his arm and pull the fan out from the crowd and onto the stage. Once there she hugged Morrissey before being gently escorted off. After the song the man chatted again with someone in the front rows: "Sorry, what's that?... Of Naples? Oh Sofia..."

After "Speedway" Morrissey replied to the many things shouted to him with "I don't actually know what you're saying... and it's obviously mutual..." After "Tomorrow" a copy of the Italian fanzine Speeway was passed along to him by its editor. He thanked him by saying "I'm very happy to have my copy of Speedway... a very nice magazine... so..." During "Trouble Loves Me" he pulled another female fan out from the crowd and hugged her before she was dragged away by security. At some point during "Now My Heart Is Full" Morrissey stopped singing and let the fans carry on while he just smiled and led them like an orchestra conductor. Before encore "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he shouted "Milano... please... take me... home..." and after the song he profusely thanked the audience before exiting.


An audience recording of the complete concert is available on bootleg DVDs. The footage was filmed from the center rear of the venue, it is reasonably good and rather steady.

The audio was lifted from this video recording and is circulated by itself on compact discs and in digital form on the internet, sometimes under the title Milan 1999. Because it is audio taken from video, the sound is rather tinny and not as good as proper audio recordings can be. What doesn't help in this case is that the low volume recording was boosted before being put into audio circulation, so it is slightly distorted.


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