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After Europe, America and the far East, Morrissey returned to England for a second leg promoting his most recent album, "Kill Uncle". While the first British leg also served to promote the "Pregnant For The Last Time" single, this one was scheduled at the time of the release of the "My Love Life" single.
The personnel was Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars), Gary Day (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums). Morrissey played tambourine at the beginning and the end of "The Loop". Both times the tambourines ended up being thrown into the crowd.
Support band for the Kilburn and Hammersmith Odeon concerts was The Johnson Family. Woodie Taylor who would later drum on Morrissey's "Vauxhall & I" album was part of that band.
Phranc opened for Morrissey in Leicester and Dublin, and probably Gloucester and Bournemouth as well.
- A back-patch showing the "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" single artwork was sold here and there on this leg of the tour. It had the word "Morrissey" in yellow on a blue background (image needed).
- A bracelet like the one worn by Morrissey. It had "Morrissey" engraved on one side, and "1991" on the other. Sold for £8 at first, then the price dropped to £6 (view).
- A badge of the Keitel backdrop was also sold for 50p. When the first version was sold out, a larger one was put up for sale (view).
- White t-shirt showing Harvey Keitel (view).
- White t-shirt showing Edith Sitwell (view).
- T-shirt showing the "My Love Life" single artwork (image needed).
- White t-shirt showing the "Kill Uncle" album artwork (view) or a beefcake Morrissey, as later used on the "Live In Dallas" video (image needed).
- A white t-shirt showing a Morrissey questionnaire was sold on these British dates or perhaps the first British leg (view).
- Postcard of Morrissey, the Lads, and Phranc, all topless (view).
- The programme for this second leg showed Harvey Keitel on the cover instead of Edith Sitwell. There was a new advert inside for the "My Love Life" single. The programme mentioned the cancelled Australian dates, but not these British ones (view).
Complete information is needed. It included songs by Elvis and T-Rex, and ended with Klaus Nomi's "Wayward Sisters" just before Morrissey and his bandmates walked on stage. The tape had probably similar content to the one used on the following leg.
The Harvey Keitel backdrop (view original and in situ) was used during the main set and the Edith Sitwell one (view original and in situ) during the encore on most dates. In Kilburn only the Harvey Keitel backdrop was used.
The number of songs played on this portion of the tour went from 20 for the first few shows down to 18 towards the end. This part of the tour saw the live introduction of "Kill Uncle" album track "Driving Your Girlfriend Home", the newly released single "My Love Life" as well as "Pashernate Love" which would only be released in the summer of the next year. The latter was introduced on the very last date, but would become a setlist regular on the upcoming North American shows. It was the first composition with anyone of Morrissey's new band to be given to the fans in one way or another.
"Piccadilly Palare", "Sister I'm A Poet", "Interesting Drug", "Mute Witness", "Alsatian Cousin", "Suedehead", "The Loop", "Asian Rut", "King Leer", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Our Frank", "November Spawned A Monster" and "Disappointed" as well as new additions "My Love Life" and "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" were regulars in the set at this point in time.
"Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "Sing Your Life" and "That's Entertainment" were performed on most nights. "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" was finally released on the "My Love Life" single, but was only played on four out of these seven nights. The previous single "Pregnant For The Last Time" was played only once, just like the new compositions "Pashernate Love" and ex-regular "There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends".
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 7 concerts.
Alsatian Cousin - 7
Asian Rut - 7
Disappointed - 7 (4 times with "Cosmic Dancer" intro)
Driving Your Girlfriend Home - 7
Everyday Is Like Sunday - 7
Interesting Drug - 7
King Leer - 7
Mute Witness - 7
My Love Life - 7
November Spawned A Monster - 7
Our Frank - 7
Piccadilly Palare - 7
Sister I'm A Poet - 7
Suedehead - 7
The Loop - 7
Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together - 6
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys - 6
Sing Your Life - 5
That's Entertainment - 5
I've Changed My Plea To Guilty - 4
Pashernate Love - 1
Pregnant For The Last Time - 1
There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends - 1
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On most nights of this portion of the tour "Disappointed" was moved from being the final number of the encore to the final one of the main set. From halfway into the leg until the end, the song started as "Cosmic Dancer" but one line into that the band abruptly switched to "Disappointed". In the latter number Morrissey usually changed the line "Young girl one day you will be old" to "Young girl one day I really will be old". He also usually finished that song by repeating "yes! yes! yes! yes!" instead of singing "No I've changed my mind again". The man clearly looked tired of singing that part because on the final few dates of the leg he just babbled or made noises. Then on the final night he did something completely different. After the line "this is the last song that I will ever sing", he abruptly dropped his microphone and left. This new dramatic exit would become standard on the following leg of the Kill Uncle tour.
Morrissey usually ended "Interesting Drug" with a sneeze while the band went straight into "Mute Witness" without pausing for applause. In "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", Morrissey usually sang "just to make myself attracted to you" and occasionally reversed Reggie and Ronnie Kray's names. In "Sing Your Life", he rarely did any of the changes he did on the previous legs of this tour. The line "it's safer to be inside" in "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" was usually changed to "it's safer to stay inside", which is closer to how the song was written, but not recorded.
In "Everyday Is Like Sunday", Morrissey made the usual changes "scratch on a postcard" and "please come, please come nuclear bomb" and once used a near-forgotten one, "I do believe this is the coastal town". At the end of "Sister I'm A Poet", he changed a line to "A plastic bag stranded at the lights, this once was me". At the end of "That's Entertainment", the band broke into a frantic drum and guitar frenzy not in the studio version.
"Suedehead", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "Alsatian Cousin" and "Pregnant For The Last Time" from 4 October were released as b-sides on the "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" single.
Two different visual souvenirs are circulated on bootleg VHS and DVDs for this section of the Kill Uncle tour. The best and most commonly found was produced from a broadcast of the 4 October concert at Hammersmith Odeon for Japanese television. The whole concert is featured, subtitled in Japanese, and with the inter-song banter removed. It must be noted that certain broadcasts were trimmed down to 13 songs and that some early VHS bootlegs feature this edited broadcast.
An audience video recording of the 3 October gig in Kilburn can also be found. This one is not as widespread as the one above, and is obviously of inferior quality because it was not professionally filmed.
Audio bootlegs are circulated for six of the seven gigs of this section. The best ones were produced from official television and radio broadcasts of the 4 October concert at Hammersmith Odeon. The best pick for this date is "Home Is Where The Heart Is" also available with this alternate artwork. Other bootlegs feature an inferior version of the same recording, click on date for more information.
The other five concert recordings in circulation for this leg are of significantly inferior quality because they were taped by people in the audience. Kilburn is the better sounding one of the lot, though it's still of fair quality at best. Leicester is interesting for the live debut of "Pashernate Love" but sounds rather poor. Hanley sounds fair at best and Gloucester and Dublin have not much going for them, either soundwise or content-wise. They will appeal to completists only.