9 November 1999|
Rock City, Nottingham, UK
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThe first UK gig of the Oye Esteban tour was a success. Morrissey was in great spirits and, being back in front of his home audience, he was very talkative. The audience was very receptive and energetic and there were a few stage climbers. The only downside might have been the extreme heat in the venue.
There was no surprise in the setlist. It had the same content as on the recent European dates. It was longer by one song however, as both "Lost" and "Sunny" were played. It usually was one or the other in Europe.
Morrissey entered stage at the end of the usual "The Operation" drum intro, followed by his musicians, and greeted the audience with "Snottingham! (crowd cheers) It's grand to see you! Do you know where you are? (crowd: yeah!) Where?..." After "The Boy Racer" he sincerely said "I'm so glad you came!" After "Reader Meet Author" he commented on someone whistling by saying "I understand why you whistle like that" After a very well received "Hairdresser On Fire" he teased the audience with "I think if you have anything to say you should probably say it now... because there might not be enough time..."
In "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey interrupted his singing mid-song to encourage a fan coming his way: "That november is a time... sail, sail sail!" After the song he introduced the following one on the planned setlist - "Lost" - with the comment "You know, your sweat is very much appreciated (crowd cheers)... however, this is the one that you didn't buy, so (something about knowing the words)". After that song Morrissey asked "You didn't like it, did you? (crowd: yes!) You can tell me, I don't mind..." This was followed by a few greetings to fans who were following Morrissey along the tour: "Hello to the West Ham Girls... hello to the Mersey Bruiser Boys... I take that back!"
After "Speedway", to a fan welcoming him back to England, Morrissey asked "Where have I been?". After "Sunny", in answer to the usual football chant of "Morrissey! Morrissey!", he asked "Do you know any other songs?" After "Meat Is Murder" someone shouted "meat is dinner!" and Morrissey replied "I strongly disagree with that!". He then introduced "Now My Heart Is Full" with "This song is called 'Growing Up In Public'". Some fans must have been anticipating that Morrissey was introducing a new song because, as the first notes were heard, he asked "Why is everybody looking at me?"
In "Alma Matters" Morrissey sang "it's my life to end my own way". In "Tomorrow" he sang "tomorrow doesn't have to come" instead of "tomorrow does it have to come". After the song he cryptically said "I missed the song, I missed it..." When he was called back to the stage again after a short break to perform the encore, Morrissey said "Thank you Nottingham, I really enjoyed having you". After his vocal part in "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he repeated "Goodbye, thank you, God bless you!" many times before exiting, leaving his musicians to finish alone.
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