8 February 1986|
Royal Court, Liverpool
Shakespeare's SisterThis show was part of a benefit called "From Manchester With Love" which featured other Mancunian bands New Order and The Fall. People who attended saw the live debuts of "Vicar In A Tutu", "Cemetry Gates" and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". These would be released four months down the road on the "The Queen Is Dead" album, just like "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "Frankly Mr Shankly" as well as single "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" which had been debuted the previous September on the Scottish leg of the "Meat Is Murder" tour.
Morrissey acknowledged the crowd's unfamiliarity with "Vicar In A Tutu" by following it with the announcement "This song - off our new LP 'The Queen Is Dead'..." Of course the "new LP" in question would not be released for another 4 months. This was followed by another introduction: "This is another one, which is... nothing to do with anybody that you might know... 'Frankly Mr Shankly'." Morrissey was probably referring to ex-Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly when he said this. After the song Johnny teased the audience with the first notes of "What Difference Does It Make?", a song often requested but long dropped from the band's live sets. After "Cemetry Gates", which was also new to everyone, Morrissey introduced "Nowhere Fast" with the words "This is an old one that you all know..." Future classic "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was introduced as "... our new single" but it was still 3 months away from finding itself on record shop shelves. In the break before "William, It Was Really Nothing", Johnny teased the audience with the first notes from "This Charming Man".
On returning to the stage for the encore Morrissey enquired "Shall we do some more? (crowd cheers) Okay!... Try to enjoy yourselves, life is very long..." The man took many liberties with the lyrics of "Meat Is Murder". He sang "and do you know how sausages die" and the more common "who cares if animals die". He messed up the second to last line of the song and sang "Oh the meat that you sizzle as you flavour the flavour of murder". More interestingly, he mumbled unfamiliar lyrics in the outro to the song. Most of it is difficult to decipher from the available bootlegs, but a recurrent line anticipates a key lyric that would appear much later in the song "Unhappy Birthday": (approximately) "This is it, the dew in your eyes for the one that you left behind. In the car, with the trace of my hand. I'm the one that you left behind. It was not your mother, or father that you left behind. It's my heart, it's my heart, it's mine, the one that you left behind. It's my heart, I'm the one you left behind, it's mine, it's my heart, that you left behind, mine, that you left behind... tonight..."
There was no break between the latter number and "Stretch Out And Wait". For the first time Morrissey sang the alternate first verse of the latter number as it is heard on the "The World Won't Listen" compilation: "All the lies that you make up, what's at the back of your mind? Your face I can see and it's desperately kind, but what's at the back of your mind". During the recent Scottish tour Morrissey had been gradually modifying these lines from the initial version as released on the "Shakespeare's Sister" single, to something approaching the alternate version mentioned above.
"The Headmaster Ritual" was soundchecked, although it wasn't played on this tour or after.
Approximatively 35 minutes of soundchecks are also available from bootleg traders and on the internet (recorder: Lee). Two different transfers of the same recording are out there. The best sounding one was mastered from a first generation cassette copy while a hissy inferior one was produced from a higher generation tape copy.
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