20 December 1999|
House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
TomorrowThe final night of the 1999 half of the Oye Esteban tour was a success. The audience was still very receptive and Morrissey was obviously in top form. He pulled many fans out of the audience so they could hug him or kiss him and he interrupted his singing to give others words of encouragement.
Because this was the second consecutive night at the same venue the setlist was completely scrambled and in the process "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", "Reader Meet Author" and "Break Up The Family" were replaced with "Billy Budd", "Lost", "Sunny" and "Roy's Keen". This was to be the latter two titles' only performances on this leg of the tour.
The show started which each band member successively going to the main microphone, introducing themselves and saying where they were from. After Boz, Gary, Alain and Spike, Morrissey stepped up to the microphone, dressed again in this black PVC suit, and shouted ".. and I am the fuzz, and this is a raid!". He then asked "Hello, you're closer, are you okay? I don't think I am...", pulled out a handkerchief and pretended to cry into it, saying "it's too much..." For the first time on the tour "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" wasn't slotted as the opening song. It was replaced in that position by "Tomorrow". In live performances of that title Morrissey usually changed a line to "through my miserable body", but on this day he sang "through this ugly body". After the song came the second part of his greeting: "So welcome back to more coughing and more spluttering and... probably a lot more complaining as well, I don't know..." At this point the man picked up a gladioli from the stage floor and said "Oh memories, memories..."
Most live performances of "Billy Budd" on this tour had ended with the album version's "don't leave us in the dark" sample but for some reason it wasn't the case on this date so immediately following the song Morrissey shouted "don't leave us in the dark!". Before going into "Alma Matters" he accepted a few gifts and said "Is this for me? Thank you... thank you... tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk, thank you..." Throughout the song he would accept a few more gifts and give one of his own, another sweaty handkerchief. After the song he said "So of course, I must say the inevitable thing I say every night and that is the fact that... apart from the fact that five Irish nuns died making this suit - which was a fair exchange - apart from that fact it's PVC, which you probably know by now and you probably can't stand the size of it but... never mind..."
Following "Speedway" Morrissey said "This is the last night of this trek and... we'd like to say a special thank you to our friends who have followed us on every single gig, show... and also, thanks to our friends, the lovely Sack, who have been with us most of the way... (answering to shouting fans) Forget who? Who? Erm, what d'you mean? Oh, sorry I don't - sorry, you confuse me..." In "Now My Heart Is Full" Morrissey changed a line to "just some rain-coated lovers' sisters" and another one to "every Tijuana poet". After the song he led the audience into a short chant of "Mexico! Mexico!"
After "Sunny" Morrissey joked "Yes, we're leaving, we're leaving early, thank you..." Somewhere into "Lost" he told someone "Welcome to the States!" Following the latter number he asked someone in the front row who was jotting down notes "What'you writing down? Ah! Do I ever get to know? I'll have to read about it later... sorry..." In "November Spawned A Monster" he helped a few fans get on stage and encouraged a few others between lines. After the song he helped someone else, but the fan resisted when security got involved. Boz said something, Morrissey replied "I know, it's fine, I know... Yes Boz, yes Boz! It's late!" He then told the disappointed fan "I tried to be nice but, you know... I really tried..." Then before going into the next planned number he said "Costume change for Alain..."
"Roy's Keen" got a very lukewarm reception so over its final notes Morrissey said "Every song can't be a zinger!" He then turned to someone and said "You're not allowed to smoke in here you know... What?... Say that again?... Oh I see... oh... Let's go!" Some crowd surfer slowly made his way to Morrissey during "Half A Person" and as he got near the stage the singer told him "I'll save you, know what? You don't, you just think you do!" He then replaced the line "and she wrote to me equally dour" with "and she wrote to me every hour". he changed a line in "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" to "you understand change and sometimes you think it's essential".
Before "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey read a fan's sign out loud: "Mandalay Bay room 3-4... it doesn't apply tonight, sorry (giggles)... everybody's so clever!" After the song he asked some other fan about their sign which said "Mi vida": "What does this 'mi vida' mean? My vida! My vida! My! My! I'm so stupid... Well I should shake your hand I think, I think it's time to shake his hand, it's being done..." Because the tradition of giving out a moral after "Meat Is Murder" was becoming expected by fans who had been following the tour or reading reports on the internet, Morrissey mentioned on this final night "There's no moral tonight, you'll be relieved to know, it's over...".
In "Hairdresser On Fire" Morrissey answered the question "is it home of the free or what?" with a shout of "it's 'what'!" In live performances of that song he usually changed a line to "when he said I'm gonna screw you, I really felt happy for you", but on this date he sang "...I really felt sorry for you". Instead of changing a line to "I found a modest house" in "Is It Really So Strange?" he sang "I found a little house". The latter number segued into main set closer "The Boy Racer". Near the end of the latter song, as he was struggling with fans getting or trying to get on stage, he said "it's easy for you!"
Morrissey returned for the encore dressed in his sailor suit and thanked the audience with the words "Thank you for tonight, thank you for everything you've given me, I won't forget you... Anchors away!" Halfway into encore "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he had to ask someone to "Let me go! Let me go!" On the very last note of the song, Boz, Alain and Gary did a simultaneous rock'n'roll leap from the drumkit platform.
Three different audio audience recordings of the complete concert are also out there. The best one was recorded by JLW (aka leche27) and two versions of it are circulated: the master, and a 'remastered' version which doesn't sound worse than the original (a rare occurrence), but unfortunately has some of Morrissey's banter edited out. The second audience recording sounds slightly inferior and is circulated with artwork under the title "Viva Las Vegas". The other recording sounds below average and is sometimes found under the title "I Luv Muz". The recorder of one of the latter two bootlegs is Dave Hamblen.
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