27 November 1999|
Black Box, Galway, Ireland
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis concert went down well, but Morrissey wasn't very talkative. Barriers kept the fans at a distance from the stage for some time, but there wasn't enough security to prevent them making it up to their idol eventually, especially during the encore which had to be cut short because of a stage invasion.
There were originally not going to be any changes in the setlist, but "Sunny" which was scheduled after "Speedway" was dropped.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted his audience with "Hello there! Are you ready for a night of traditional Irish music? (crowd: yeah!) Well why do you come here then?" In set opener "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he used the new live change "someone kindly told me that you've blown away every good thing in your life" and the occasional "you're gonna need someone on your snide", but he also commented on the gap keeping the audience at a distance by singing "well you don't need to look so far away".
After "The Boy Racer" Morrissey declared "Something tells me this is going to be the tough one... and I'm never wrong..." After "Billy Budd" he thanked the audience and joked "It's very nice to be here... Why did you do?... we don't want to know how you do or what you do... you can tell me!" After "Reader Meet Author" he replied to the many shouts and requests with "I don't know what you're saying!" After the incredibly well received "Hairdresser On Fire" he said something undecipherable, followed by "I know that animals don't stand much of a chance in this country but, if you know this, these people you really should join and help them, because they're really nice..."
Halfway into "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" Morrissey said a few words to people in the front rows. After the song he enquired whether anyone had seen him with the Smiths on a previous visit in 1984 by asking "Was anybody here at the Leisure Centre thousands of years ago?... I meant, to see the Undertones!". After "Now My Heart Is Full" he announced "I'd like to say hello to somebody in Castlebar, but thankfully I don't know anybody so... this song is... called..." Then to someone shouting something he answered "Don't look at me!... What? I can't reach!... Yes I can..."
After "Alma Matters" Morrissey said "Thank you for your extreme patience!" then introduced "Tomorrow". Encore "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" was cut short because the stage was crowded with fans.
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