IN CONCERT: The Smiths Final Concert 1986-12-12 Brixton Academy, London, England

IN CONCERT: The Smiths Final Concert 1986-12-12 Brixton Academy, London, England.

This concert was put together for the Artists Against Apartheid. Tickets were £8, £7 £6 and £5. It was to be the last time the Smiths would be on stage together, bar a few television appearances. What makes this gig even more special is that it turned out to be the only time songs like “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”, the yet unreleased “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” and the “London”/”Miserable Lie” medley were ever performed by the Smiths. “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” and “William It Was Really Nothing” which hadn’t been played in a long time were also performed. Finally, the live staple “Hand In Glove” which had been dropped on the recent British leg of the “The Queen Is Dead” tour also returned, making the Smiths’ debut single also the last song they played together in a concert.

Returning for the first of two encores, Morrissey said “Thank you we love you” and then launched into a roaring version of “The Queen Is Dead”. This was when fans started to climb on stage. There would be about a dozen of them making it there throughout the two encores. Instead of parading with a board saying “The Queen Is Dead” as he had done earlier in the year while singing that song, Morrissey had a different board that said “Two light ales please”. After the song he threw his shirt into the crowd before exiting again. The Smiths then returned for a final two song encore. The last of these was “Hand In Glove”. It ended with Morrissey wailing in a high pitched voice for about 20 seconds. The Smiths didn’t know it at the time, but with its final line “I’ll probably never see you again”, “Hand In Glove” couldn’t have been a better choice of final song to perform together.

Setlist:
1:26 Ask
4:52 Bigmouth Strikes Again
9:54 London/Miserable Lie
14:14 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (only live performance)
19:26 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
23:08 Shoplifters Of The World Unite
27:08 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
31:21 Is It Really So Strange?
35:02 Cemetry Gates
38:16 This Night Has Opened My Eyes
42:20 Still Ill
46:35 Panic
50:10 /The Queen Is Dead
55:08 //William It Was Really Nothing
57:43 //Hand In Glove

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