11 March 1985|
William, It Was Really NothingThe setlist was reshuffled to something closer to what it had been before the previous date. "William, It Was Really Nothing" returned as opener while longer tracks "Meat Is Murder" and "Barbarism Begins At Home" were played towards the end of the set. "Stretch Out And Wait" was included in the set again for the first time in over a week.
The Gaumont was an old cinema type theatre, all seated, with bossy ladies to keep you in your seats. The audience was receptive but not the liveliest. Morrissey wasn't very talkative througout the evening. His first banter, after greeting the audience at the very beginning, came before "How Soon Is Now?" when he thanked the audience "Thank you for spending your all your birthday money on this ticket!".
In "Stretch Out And Wait" Morrissey added emphasis to a line by singing "What's really at the back of your mind?". "The Headmaster Ritual" was introduced as a song "... about the timeless things in life" while "Shakespeare's Sister", which was one week away from being released as a single, was presented as "... our new single". When the Smiths returned to the stage after a break to perform the encore, Morrissey thanked "...all you precious young people" and then said something like "...it didn't last".
A rather good quality audience recording of the whole concert can be found on a less circulated bootleg (recorder: Soundsville's Steve). This is very likely the recording found here and there under the title "Where The Hell Is Ipswich?" and without doubt the one from which the songs on "Music Is Magnificent" were lifted, via a cassette copy.
Digital transfers of "Music Is Magnificent" are reasonably easy to find on file sharing programs, but the better sounding full set is more scarcely found outside torrent sites.
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