14 November 1999
Forum, London, UK

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
Trouble Loves Me
Meat Is Murder
Alma Matters
Now My Heart Is Full
Break Up The Family
/Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
This was an excellent and rather wild concert. Security had a difficult time containing the audience and were very aggressive with some fans who were trying to get closer to their idol. Unlike the night before Morrissey only helped a few of them make it up on stage. The setlist was slightly scrambled, but the content remained the same.

The first thing Morrissey did as he entered stage and picked up the microphone is greet the audience with "We are your rough trade for tonight!" In set opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he changed one line to "Someone kindly told me that you wasted... every good thing in your life". After "The Boy Racer" came the second part of his greeting: "Thank you and hello to our first night at the Forum!" In "Reader Meet Author" Morrissey sang "They live where you wouldn't dare to cry". After the song he answered someone in the audience with "I don't know what you're saying!"

After "Is It Really So Strange", Morrissey made a comment relating to the song's lyrics: "The thing I didn't realise was I didn't really want to go home, so it really didn't matter... (smiling) now that's deep..." Immediately following this, "Hairdresser On Fire" was introduced with the line "This song has exactly the same story." Morrissey carried the joke further by introducing "Speedway" with "This song has exactly the same story as the previous two (crowd cheers)... but the music's different." After that song he joked "I think it's always nice to have elaborate costume changes..."

As the opening notes of "Sunny" were heard Morrissey replied to something shouted to him with "Fifty one... fifty one..." After the song he asked someone else "What do you mean about 'by stand'? What does that mean?" In "Trouble Loves Me" he jokingly sang "please fulfill me, somebody moon me". After the song he explained "It's something I've learned to live with... it's a struggle..." The following planned number on the setlist was then introduced with "I'd now like to sing a song of great poignancy... but I don't know one so this song is called 'Lost'..."

After "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey said "Thank you, it's very appreciated..." then added "...my trousers are too big!" Someone successfully managed to make it on stage during "Alma Matters" and he interrupted himself to comment between two lines "Very impressive, very impressive!" After the song he enquired "Sorry what's wrong? Just tell me, tell me what's wrong! Is it the venue? Is it the structure of the building? I'll rebuild the building tomorrow, don't worry...".

After "Now My Heart Is Full" Morrissey asked fans who had antennas on their heads "I've tried to avoid asking this question but, why do you have those funny things on your head? Is it... What, sorry? (someone shouts answer) Because you're funny people... I think that's a good enough reason!". As he sang "Let me see all my old friends, let me put my arms around them" in "Break Up The Family", one fan got on stage and did just that, he put his arm around Morrissey. The man thanked the fans one final time before going into encore "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me": "Thank you... you're absolutely lovely... but that doesn't mean we're not going to stay any longer... but we are... which doesn't actually make sense... (to someone shouting to him) yeah well, you try and do it then!"


A good audience recording of the complete concert is circulated on bootleg compact discs and in digital format on the internet, occasionally under the title "Is It Really So Strange?" (recorder: Soundsville International's Steve).

The existence of a video audience recording is rumoured.


Do you have information about this concert? Or do you own an uncirculated recording of it? If yes please contribute and get credited.