3 June 1984|
Provinssi Rock Festival, Seinajoki, Finland
Hand In GloveThe Provinssi Rock Festival lasted two days. The Smiths were booked for 5pm on the Sunday. As if Mother Nature wanted to provide her own Manchester backdrop, at the time the Smiths hit the stage, it started to rain.
Morrissey greeted the audience by shouting "Hello! We are the Smiths" before the band launched into set opener "Hand In Glove". The two following songs in the set were making their live debuts. First off came "Nowhere Fast" which would not be released for another eight months. Like "Barbarism Begins At Home" which was now six months old, the song would appear on the "Meat Is Murder" album the following year. At this point in time it already featured the same lyrics as the version that would later be recorded, but musically it was sensibly different. The other new song, "William, It Was Really Nothing", followed it in the setlist. The Smiths had just released "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", but they were already introducing its follow-up. The song was also ready lyrically, but would change musically before getting recorded and released the following autumn.
Morrissey wasn't very talkative in Finland. He only thanked the audience here and there, introduced "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" and "Barbarism Begins At Home", and followed the latter with the words "Don't worry about the rain". After the usual encore pairing of "You've Got Everything Now" and "Handsome Devil" the band left stage and were soon cheered back. The second encore started with the recently reintroduced "Jeane", followed in quick succession by "What Difference Does It Make?", the fans given barely enough time to cheer. After one more song, "These Things Take Time", Morrissey simply said "Goodbye, we love you!" and that was it.
Thanks to Matti Viitanen some information.
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