14 December 1999|
Cox Arena, San Diego, CA
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis was a great concert despite the echoey sound in the venue. Morrissey was in a very playful mood, energetic and talkative. There were many attempts by fans to reach the stage, and quite a few were successful, often helped by Morrissey himself. The man encouraged the brave ones by telling them "I'll save you" or "...keep trying!". If they failed he would tell them something like "vaya con dios!".
The setlist was completely scrambled except for the opening pair and the encore. "Billy Budd" was dropped and was meant to be replaced by "Trouble Loves Me", but the latter was finally skipped. It was slotted after "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils".
Coming on stage, Morrissey greeted the audience "San Digringo, mi llamo Esteban!". After "The Boy Racer" he added "Hello to you, it's wonderful to see your round happy faces... and your bodies... (to someone in particular) Yes how are you? Well, it's mutual!" After "Tomorrow" he basked in the audience's appreciation and said "That's really nice!" Near the end of "Alma Matters" he encouraged a fan trying to reach to stage with "fly! fly! fly!" After the song he enquired "Are you okay? Am I okay? Are you okay?... I'm not very witty".
There were more attempts to get on stage during "Speedway" and at times it even distracted Morrissey from singing his lines. Again he encouraged the brave, this time by saying "I'll save you!" After the song he pulled a line he had been using for the past few dates to tease his fans, as he removed his sweaty shirt and was about to dispose of it into the audience: "Whoever gets the t-shirt gets me... which is quite a bad deal, really..." During "Half A Person" there were yet again more attempts to make it on stage, and this time it made Morrissey giggle in between lines. After the song he shrieked "Yes, we know, it's a long life..."
After "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey said "You are very, very gracious... we come from a little oft-strange place called England and it's very touching that you're all here tonight to listen to these cheerful songs..." After "Now My Heart Is Full" he asked someone "Do you always wear those glasses? You. They're very nice...", then shouted "Viva El Salvador!" After "It Is Really So Strange?" he explained "We thought we'd throw that song in because of... a record called 'Louder Than Bombs' which... which sold many, many copies in San Diego... probably to you... That's just a wild guess, it may have been to somebody else..."
After "Hairdresser On Fire" someone threw a bra on stage, so Morrissey said "Oh, oh!" then asked "Do you want me to keep this?". The bra was thrown back into the audience, but it landed back on stage so Morrissey placed it on Gary's bass. After "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" he said "Thank you for the Starbursts... everybody's clever nowadays..." Because some fans were shouting for "Sing Your Life", he added "This is my life, and I'm singing it... and you think it's easy don't you?... It's just as hard as being in high school... Sometimes I'm even kept in detention... That's when I'm forced me to watch 'Leave It To Beaver'... which is horrible!..."
After "A Swallow On My Neck" Morrissey answered someone "Yes my friend... what's wrong with you?... oh, that's what's wrong with you... I can't help you...". Morrissey was even more playful with "Reader Meet Author" by punctuating many lines with extra bits, such as "You don't know a thing about their lives, do you? Books don't save them, books aren't Stanley knives Aaahhh! and if a fight - what? - broke out here tonight yes! you'd be the first away because you're that type, Oh my God!" or "my friend, have you ever escaped from a shipwrecked life? I have!" In his own self-deprecatory way Morrissey followed the well received "Reader Meet Author" with the comment "You couldn't possibly have enjoyed it but thank you...". He then replied to someone's request with "You can have my t-shirt if I can have yours". To someone else he just shouted "Oh shut up!" After "Break Up The Family" he asked some other fan "What were you chanting in your little song just then, what were you saying? Starbursts? What were you saying? Oh 'Ouija Board'? Oh... well that's a shame..."
As he always did in live performances of "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey ended his vocals with the alternate question "Do you care how animals die?" On this date he extended this with "Do you? Do you care? Do you really care? Do you know how animals die? You don't know." Before launching into the encore he said his goodbyes to a very welcoming San Diego: "With all of my heart, I love you and... thank you for all you've done, and thank you for tonight, and God bless you..."
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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