30 October 1986|
Free Trade Hall, Manchester
AskThe Smiths were very well received. This was to be the final concert with Craig Gannon as Smiths #5. Security was increased because of the recent events in Preston and other near-accidents earlier on the tour. Held at Morrissey's feet was a small banner saying "Welcome Home".
A good number of changes were made to the setlist. "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", which on this leg of the tour had only been played on the very first date, was reinstated here in Manchester. However "I Want The One I Can't Have", "Never Had No One Ever" and the recently added "Shakespeare's Sister" were not played. The setlist was also significantly scrambled. Newest single "Ask" was moved all the way up to the top of the bill.
Following "Panic" Morrissey acknowledged the "Welcome Home" sign at this feet by saying "Thank you, it's nice to be back you know..." He introduced "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" with the basic "Thank you, you're very generous, 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side'..." Before going into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Johnny teased the audience by picking the first notes to "Back To The Old House". The yet-to-be-released "Is It Really So Strange?" was introduced by Morrissey as "this song is practically new... 'Is It Really So Strange?" Before "What She Said" it was Mike's turn to tease the audience, with the drum intro to "Reel Around The Fountain". Just like "Is It Really So Strange?" earlier in the set "London" had yet to be made available on a Smiths release. It was therefore introduced with a quick "This song is called 'London'..." The vegetarian anthem "Meat Is Murder" was preceded by the announcement "This is our Christmas message to the world..." Johnny started it with a slowed-down version of the verse of "The Headmaster Ritual". In "Still Ill" Morrissey growled "Am I still ill... oh yes! Oh noooo!"
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