31 March 1985
Palace, Manchester
William, It Was Really Nothing
Nowhere Fast
I Want The One I Can't Have
What She Said
Hand in Glove
How Soon Is Now?
Stretch Out And Wait
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Shakespeare's Sister
Rusholme Ruffians
The Headmaster Ritual
Still Ill
Meat Is Murder
/Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
/Handsome Devil
//Barbarism Begins At Home
//Miserable Lie
///You've Got Everything Now
The Smiths' Mancunian fans were given a slightly longer setlist of 18 songs as "You've Got Everything Now" was added as a third encore to the tour's standard 17-track setlist. The audience was appreciative but still overall rather subdued, something that could be imputed to the fact that the venue was a seated one. Morrissey must have felt the crowd's lack of enthusiasm because he commented on it at some point.

After "Nowhere Fast" Morrissey self-depreciatory said "Thank you for your patience." Upcoming single "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" was introduced with the words "this is a song off our LP 'Breathing Is Murder'" while recent single "Shakespeare's Sister" was introduced with even more sarcasm: "This is our new single... which no doubt Piccadilly Radio are playing non stops [sic], I don't thinks [sic]..." Just before going into the song Morrissey said "Don't be so solemn, don't be shy..." He said something similar after "The Headmaster Ritual" when he thanked the audience and added "you're very kind and, solemn..."

Returning to the stage for the encore, Morrissey seemed again very unimpressed with the crowd's apparent lack of enthusiasm and said "We hope you're just shy and not bored." For some reason, he didn't sing the final "I need advice! I need advice!" at the end of "Miserable Lie". Morrissey took many lyrical liberties in "You've Got Everything now" as he often did, and whooped and yelped plenty.

This concert seems to have been broadcast on the radio. The exact broadcast set is unknown but, based on what has been made available on bootlegs, it might have featured the complete concert minus the first three songs and "Barbarism Begins At Home".


There are a few manufactured bootlegs of this concert out there. The best one is undoubtedly "Rusholme Ruffians Play At Home" which features the complete set minus the first three songs and "Barbarism Begins At Home" (actually listed but not present). The bootleg's quality is rather good, it seems to have be produced from the radio broadcast of the show. The picture disc LP bootleg "Rusholme Ruffians" which predates the cd also seems to have been produced from the radio broadcast. However it lacks the same tracks plus "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "Rusholme Ruffians" and "The Headmaster Ritual". There is also an alternate version of this picture disc. The manufactured bootleg cd "How Soon Is Now 85 Reissue 91" was also apparently produced from the radio recording, but it lacks the first three numbers and the final four ones, making it also less interesting than "Rusholme Ruffians Play At Home".

Fans interested in the complete set will want a rarer audience recording brought to us thanks to recorder Steve from Soundsville International. The quality is not as good as that of "Rusholme Ruffians Play At Home", but it is still quite good for an audience taping and the full show is featured.

Digital files from both cd bootlegs described above have made it onto file-sharing networks.


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