25 November 1999|
Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis concert turned out better than the previous one. The audience was more enthusiastic, they sang along and had an obvious great time. However they did need a bit of encouragement from Morrissey at the beginning. The setlist was more or less the same, in the same order, but "Sunny" was reinstated.
On entering stage Morrissey greeted the audience with the question "My God, hello!... Shouldn't you be in your seats?" Because the gig wasn't sold out the balcony was closed and empty. So after "The Boy Racer" this prompted Morrissey to say "I'm glad the people who were supposed to be in the balcony didn't turn up because... I didn't want to see them either". After "Billy Budd" he teased the audience with "I don't mind if some of you stay sitting on your bellies, I don't mind really... I don't feel offended, I'm just glad that you're here..."
After "Reader Meet Author" Morrissey apologised "I'm sorry for not coming to Belfast for the last 20 years but, nobody actually asked me to so... I thought I'd oblige them!" Then to something shouted to him he replied "I didn't hear that... (changes his mind:) I did (crowd laughs)..." After "Is It Really So Strange?" he had a long exchange with various fans in the front rows. After "Speedway" he replied to some heckler with the sarcastic "Can you not say something funny?"
In recent performances of "Sunny" Morrissey had been changing a line to "They're not forgiving me... and I'm not even wrong" but on this date he went a bit further and sang "They're not forgiving me... and I've always been wrong". Of course he also did the other live change "tell us how things are no better". After the song he joked about the crowd's reception: "It's very nice of you... Oh it really is! (?) by these things, (giggles) it's very nice of you..." Then as the opening notes of "November Spawned A Monster" could be heard he said "you're just picking on me because I'm from Manchester!"
During the latter number, Morrissey's ring allegedly flew off his finger. The band kept playing while he looked for it. He finally found it, and then jumped right back into the song at the right spot. The song was very well received and seeing that, Morrissey said in his own self-deprecating style: "it wasn't that good!". He then changed his mind and agreed. In answer to a comment following that he said "You wouldn't like it if I did". Later, after Johnny Marr's name was shouted from the audience, Morrissey said "You know you hear someone in the audience call out 'Johnny Marr' and if you squint your eyes up and look very closely you can see that it is Johnny Marr!".
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