7 March 1984|
Hand In GloveThis concert went down well, but it wasn't the highlight of the tour. Morrissey wasn't very talkative. There were troublemakers in the audience so at some point, as two of them were gobbing at Morrissey, he stopped singing mid-song and stared at them for a long, unblinking time. There were no surprises in the setlist.
It took until after "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" for Morrissey to finally greet the audience, which he did with a quick "...and hello!". "Pretty Girls Make Graves" was introduced with the words "This is something to put in your diaries..." After the song, as an answer to something shouted to him, Morrissey announced "Aah there's an intellectual in the audience..." then shouted "'Still Ill'!" as an introduction to the next planned number. The live staple but yet unreleased "Barbarism Begins At Home" was simply introduced with the words "This is called 'Barbarism Begins At Home'." Morrissey skipped a few lines in "Back To The Old House", probably because of a fan on stage, or perhaps because he was staring at someone who kept spitting.
Morrissey followed "What Difference Does It Make?" with a shouted "Goodbye!" then the Smiths left the stage. They returned for a one-song encore of "Reel Around The Fountain", then left again. AS they returned for a second encore, Morrissey tried to lead the audience into a chant of "Smiths! Smiths! Smiths!". At this point or perhaps when he returned for the first encore, Morrissey was carrying huge armfulls of gladioli which were showered upon the crowd. At the end of "You've Got Everything Now" the band didn't even pause, they segued straight into the final number, "Handsome Devil".
Support by the Red Guitars. Advance tickets were £3.00.
An alternate recording of inferior quality and lacking the second half of "Handsome Devil" is circulated on the internet. It is often miscredited as being from Middlesborough the following night (recorder unknown).
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