15 November 1999|
Forum, London, UK
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis third of four consecutive dates at the London Forum was as wild as the previous one, but security managed to contain the fans slightly better. Morrissey was in a good mood, very talkative, but looked a bit tired at times. The setlist was slightly scrambled and in the process "Sunny" was replaced by "Roy's Keen".
Morrissey greeted his fans with "Welcome to Sing-Along-A-Mozza!". Two songs down into the set he continued: "Welcome to our gang show... whatever happens, don't enjoy yourself too much... or you're out!" After "Billy Budd", he said "That wasn't too happy, was it?... Thank God..." "Hairdresser On Fire" was jokingly introduced with "This next song is very popular in... Sarajevo". After "Reader Meet Author", Morrissey commented that "This is the first night with no West Ham t-shirts... it's actually quite sad... do you mind if I cry?"
Besides the usual live changes in "Is It Really So Strange?" Morrissey sang "Oh yes you can chin, and you can shin me, and you can break my teeth", a variation on the usual live change for that line. After the song he commented "...which was OK because I couldn't actually wait to leave so... but that was the fourth verse that was never written..." After "Roy's Keen" fans broke into a chant of Morrissey's name and the object of the chant asked them "Are you bored? (crowd shouts no!) You look really bored... you look it!"
After "Trouble Loves Me" Morrissey joked "There's a slight silence so you really should say something at this stage... because if you say something, we'll all remember it forever". Someone shouted something clever or not, and Morrissey replied with "What d'you mean?" Further down the set "Alma Matters" was introduced with "Apparently this song is a big favourite with royalty (someone shouts for "The Queen Is Dead")... it's easy for you to say that..." After "Alma Matters" Morrissey asked someone who shouted something "Say that again?"
Morrissey gave another speech as an introduction to "Meat Is Murder": "I'd like to say a few more things about the fox hunting issue because... do you mind? Because if you mind I won't say anything... So you don't mind, but you do... It strikes me that the royal family want to hold on to fox hunting because it's steeped in some tradition but I can actually remember some ancient British history - quite recent - when royal personages being beheaded was quite a tradition (crowd cheers), and that's a tradition that I'd like to hold on to, and... but do you think they'd mind? And if it was held on to, who do you think would be the first to go?" As he probably felt his own name was to be shouted from the audience he added "Don't answer that!".
Morrissey came back for the encore dressed in a black sailor suit, as he did now and then on the Oye Esteban tour.
An audio recording of the full concert is also in circulation (recorder: Steve from Soundsville International). The sound quality is very good. This is sometimes seen on the internet with fanmade artwork under the titles "¡Oye Esteban! In London III" or "Sing Along A Mozza.
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