20 March 1984|
Tower Ballroom, Birmingham
Hand In GloveThis concert was originally scheduled for 9 February but postponed to this date. It was the last night of the tour and the band was in top form. When introducing upcoming single "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" Morrissey pretended to have forgotten the song's title: "This is our new single, it's called... ssh! It's called, erm... called erm..." The song had not yet been recorded, so it was still slightly different to the version that would be released two months later. After that number Morrissey thanked the audience "...for being so terribly patient". Andy was having trouble getting ready for the next song so Morrissey apologised again by adding "...alright the bass is about to blow so please be patient, again..."
Fans in the audience kept shouting song titles so after "This Charming Man" Morrissey exclaimed "What!?" "Pretty Girls Make Graves" was soon after introduced with the line "This is a terribly trivial song..." After that song Morrissey thanked the fans with "Thanks chums". After "Handsome Devil", the band left stage again, and normally they would not have returned. But for this final date of the tour, they decided to give their fans a third encore. After returning to the stage, Morrissey asked the crowd "Well?... Well?... What shall we do?", to which the crowd shouted "'Reel Around The Fountain'!!". Morrissey then asked "which?" and was answered the same way. But the Smiths had decided to drop "Reel Around The Fountain" on this date and finished their set with "These Things Take Time" which, like "I Don't Owe You Anything" earlier, was being played for a rare time on this tour.
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