10 December 1999|
Maritime Hall, San Francisco, CA
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis wasn't the best concert of the Oye Esteban tour. The audience was very receptive but Morrissey looked tired and grumpy. He might have been jetlagged, but his apparent dissatisfaction with the venue and the sound probably also played a part on his mood. He still gave his best and encouraged the many fans who constantly tried to reach the stage.
There was no surprise in the setlist, it was more or less the same it had been on the recent British dates. "Roy's Keen", "Trouble Loves Me" and "Sunny" were not performed, but "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" was, as well as new live addition "A Swallow On My Neck". Other live addition "Half A Person" was on the setlist, but it was skipped.
As usual Morrissey greeted the audience in two parts. As he first picked up the microphone he said "Welcome to the grotty students' union... we are the students..." Then after "The Boy Racer" he extended it to "Hello to all... very nice to see your crushed faces... I can't really hear very much, I hope what you hear is slightly better, and if it isn't there's nothing I can do about it..."
After "November Spawned A Monster" he teasingly asked "Do you have anything to say? (crowd cheers/shouts)... No? Nothing to say? After all these years, you've got nothing to say... that's okay..." After "Tomorrow" some fan shouted "Fuck Johnny Marr!" and Morrissey replied "Now, now, none of that... we're all too sophisticated to say those kinds of things. Even though we feel them, we don't say them..."
In "Swallow On My Neck" Morrissey changed the whole chorus to "But then you drew a swallow on my neck, there was no more to say, you drew a swallow on my neck, and from then I knew" as he usually did when performing that song live. But he also changed the first line to "I have been wrecked again" and after the line "older, wiser, never applies to me", he shouted "thank God!". Near the end of the song some fans tried to climb on stage and he shouted "It's illegal, it's illegal, you can't do it!"
Before going into "Break Up The Family" Morrissey said "This is a very strange venue... it's not actually very nice, is it?... I'm glad we agree on that... next time we'll play somewhere better..." After the song, seeing everybody crushed at the front, he teasingly asked "Are you comfortable?". In "Is It Really So Strange?" he interrupted himself twice to talk to fans trying to reach him. The first time he sang "I say no, you say yes, you should sit down, you should sit down" and shortly after he slipped "It's illegal, it's illegal!" again between two lines. He followed the final line of the song "I could never, I could never go back home again" with "...and so what!"
When Morrissey was done with his vocal part in "Billy Budd" he sang "swim boy, swim boy, swim boy..." to yet another fan trying to reach the stage. On the very last note of the song, when on the album version we hear the "don't leave us in the dark" sample, Morrissey repeated again "it's illegal!" After the song he returned to an earlier subject: "This really is the strangest place..." After "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils", apparently still unhappy about the sound, he said "Thank you for being so patient..." He then asked someone "What? I mean, excuse me?"
When he returned to the stage to perform the encore Morrissey said "Thank you for listening..." and "Next time a better place..." before going into "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me".
There is a second audience recording out there, it is of unknown quality and has yet to make it to common circulation and on the internet.
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