11 November 1999|
Royal Court, Liverpool, UK
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideMorrissey was in very good spirits and chatted quite a bit with the audience. Barriers made it near impossible for fans to climb on stage and Morrissey apologised at some point about it: "I'm sorry about the barriers, but they have to be there.....they just have to!" Still, one fan managed to reach Morrissey and temporarily interrupt him during "November Spawned A Monster".
For the first time since the beginning of the tour the setlist was significantly scrambled. Only the first few and last few songs remained in their positions. In the process "Roy's Keen" was replaced by its album-mate "Alma Matters".
Coming on stage, Morrissey introduced himself with "Hello Liverpool... welcome to Cecil night... (undecipherable)... my name is Cecil..." After a rapturously received "The Boy Racer" he said "So nice to see you... so glad you came, and..." over the loud audience. After "Billy Budd" he replied to questions shouted to him with "Now? When?". "Is It Really So Strange?" was humourously introduced as "...a cover version, it's a song which is written and recorded by the group Gene..."
After "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey said "I'd like to say (hello?) to all the rough men and women from Manchester (crowd cheers) oh I see you're all from Manchester! (crowd cheers and boos)... England needs you...". After "Tomorrow" people were shouting his name and this prompted Morrissey to joke "I'm singing as fast as I can..." After the next song he continued on the same subject: "Can't sing any faster! I'll try though... I also haven't been heckled yet which is... not very unusual..." He actually replied to some heckling at some point with the comment "You wouldn't say that to Sir Harry Secombe...or would you?"
At some point Morrissey joked "Yes I know, it's just something I have to live with....I am a sex symbol" In "November Spawned A Monster" he sang the slightly changed "I'm just so ugly, I'm so ugly". He adapted a line in "Reader Meet Author" to Liverpool by mentioning one of its suburbs: "Have you ever escaped from an Ormskirk life". Before going into "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey mentioned something on the news and made this into a speech about animal cruelty and eating animals.
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