24 Sep 1985 Playhouse, Edinburgh Scotland


Not Dead Yet

Thanks To The Providers and Smiths Torrents As Always

Details Courtesy Of PassionsJustLikeMine.Com

24 September 1985
Playhouse, Edinburgh

Shakespeare's Sister
I Want The One I Can't Have
What She Said
What's The World
Nowhere Fast
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Frankly, Mr Shankly
Bigmouth Strikes Again
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Stretch Out And Wait
Still Ill
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians
How Soon Is Now?
/The Headmaster Ritual
/Meat Is Murder
//Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
//Hand In Glove
///William It Was Really Nothing
///Miserable Lie

This was an excellent concert. Throughout the gig fans were kept in their seats by security men patrolling the aisles. There were a few attempts to get closer to the stage, but all failed. The setlist was identical to the one for the previous gig in Irvine.

As the Smiths came on stage, Morrissey greeted the audience by burping loudly (or feigning to) then said "Pardon!... Good evening!" before launching into "Shakespeare's Sister". After the cover of James' "What's The World", Morrissey announced "That song was written by... errm..." and never finished his line, something that would turn out to be a tradition on this short tour. The current single "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" was introduced as: "This is our new single... I hope that... the fastidious members will find it politically right to buy it..."

After "Frankly Mr Shankly" which was yet unreleased, Morrissey announced "That was a new song called 'Frankly Mr Shankly'... this is another new song... called err... Mmm? what?... which?... I can't hear you, louder... Sh-Sh-Sh! Which? Oh yeah, Bigmouth... 'Bigmouth Strikes Again'!" In "Stretch Out And Wait" which was played in its original single form for one of the last times, Morrissey sang the slightly different "Ignore all the silly codes of the day". Soon after "Still Ill" was introduced with "This is a funny old song called 'Still Ill'." This was followed by the recently introduced pairing of "Rusholme Ruffians" with Elvis Presley's "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame". "How Soon Is Now?", which was the last number of the main set, was "...dedicated to anybody who's ever had to use Blend The Blemish".

"The Headmaster Ritual" was the first song of the first of three encores and in it Morrissey sang the slightly improved "He does the military two-step right down the nape of my neck". He actually had a hard time saying the first few words of that line, some fan kept him away from his microphone. At the end of the song, when everyone thought it was over and started to cheer, the Smiths returned to it for a few bars before ending it again. At the start of the second encore, Morrissey shouted "No! No!" to various requests and went into "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now".

When the Smiths took the stage for the third encore, Morrissey said "You've been very nice" before going into "William It Was Really Nothing". The version of "Miserable Lie" that followed was particularly interesting and unique. First Morrissey changed "please put you tongue away" to "put your mother's dress away". Then Johnny also took liberties with the music, particularly during the very rocking extended improvised outro. During the latter a fan was violently dragged out by security and Morrissey shouted "Ugly security!" and "Macho man!". Then Morrissey also started improvising. He sang lines such as "I've wanted to say to you", "I've nothing to say" and others that were undecipherable. After the song Morrissey simply said "Goodbye... God bless you... we love you!" and the band left stage.

Some of the above info provided by Gogz.
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