May 7, 2013 – 5:57 am

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Thank Your Lucky Stars [Big Music BIG091, 1CD]

Live at Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, CA; August 28, 1986. Excellent soundboard.

Who knows… maybe Morrissey might turn to crowd-sourcing for his next album…

And there was a time in the mid-’80s when The Smiths never left the pages of the NME - not only were they popular, they were also newsworthy as hell.

Here is an excerpt of the review of The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead (1986), published in BigO’s 100 Albums (1975-1995).

Since 1984, The Smiths enjoyed a beguiling, pace-setting presence at the forefront of pop music. It was by no means smooth sailing though. Their innate orthodoxy had put off many a rock ‘n’ roll pseud. More worrying form The Smiths’ point of view, they’d gradually become isolated from the sort of casual pop consumers who helped make Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now a Top 10 smash. They then started to get shunned by radio producers who, perhaps understandably, found Morrissey’s obsessions/neuroses too tiresome and lugubrious for general consumption…

Still, The Queen Is Dead is the most consistent Smiths LP… that is chockfull of brilliant one-liners and self-parody. Melodically too it’s a lot more inviting than the patchy Meat Is Murder. Most of Johnny Marr’s tunes here recall The Smiths at their classic best…

On an album characterised by wit, the one track where grief does bleed forth will flay you inside: “Love is natural and real/But not such such as you and I, my love”, wails Morrissey at the climax of the epic I Know It’s Over. Given some time, it could go down as one of The Smiths’ most moving moments.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2006.

Uploader’s notes:

About the best Smiths bootleg you’ll find, aside from Same Day Again. Excellent quality recording and a good setlist. This CD requires an 80 minute CD. Beware of versions cut down to fit on a smaller CD.

More notes, from

This concert was one of the wildest of the tour. Security had the hardest time restraining fans who desperately wanted to make it on stage.

Morrissey wasn’t very talkative throughout the evening. Besides introducing the lesser known “Panic, “Stretch Out And Wait” and “Is It Really So Strange?”, he said, “Thank you, you’re very kind…” after “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”. In the latter song, he didn’t sing the repeated title chorus at the end as he does on the “The Queen Is Dead” album. In “Stretch Out And Wait”, he sang the first verse 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”.

Before “Never Had No One Ever”, Morrissey asked “Any requests?” Titles were shouted from the audience, and to one or some of these, he answered with a loud “No!”  Before “The Queen Is Dead”, other titles were shouted from the audience, and to one of these, Morrissey answered “We don’t do that song anymore”. In “The Queen Is Dead” he changed a line to “Life is very long, when you’re handsome”.

After “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”, as the violence was increasing, Morrissey said “I hope that the security don’t ruin your night too much, but I’m sure that they’ll do their best… never mind, they’re outnumbered…” When he returned to the stage for the first encore, after the band played the instrumental, “Money Changes Everything”, seeing how the security manhandled some fans, Morrissey exclaimed “Oh, God!” while Johnny added “Neanderthals, fucking idiots, these guys!” Then one-third into the following song “I Know It’s Over”, Morrissey interrupted his singing to shout to a bouncer: “Jesus Christ! Don’t be so stupid! Leave him alone, you stupid idiot! Leave him!” He then resumed the song as if nothing had happened. A completely stunning moment.

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Track 01. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (4.1MB)
Track 02. Still Ill (6.6MB)
Track 03. I Want the One I Can’t Have (6.6MB)
Track 04. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (7.0MB)
Track 05. How Soon Is Now (9.9MB)
Track 06. Frankly, Mr Shankly (4.7MB)
Track 07. Panic (5.3MB)
Track 08. Stretch Out and Wait (6.1MB)
Track 09. The Boy With the Thorn In His Side (6.6MB)
Track 10. Is It Really So Strange (6.1MB)
Track 11. Cemetry Gates (5.1MB)
Track 12. Never Had No-One Ever (6.2MB)
Track 13. Rubber Ring What She Said (7.3MB)
Track 14. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (8.2MB)
Track 15. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (7.3MB)
Track 16. The Queen Is Dead (9.8MB)
Track 17. Money Changes Everything (8.3MB)
Track 18. I Know It’s Over (10.0MB)

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  1. 8 Responses to “THE SMITHS - LAGUNA HILLS 1986”

  2. When I first heard this show, it was without any warning of the fighting between security and the fans. Suffice it to say that what happened during I Know it’s Over had me wide-eyed, rapt with attention, and hoping that things weren’t about to get worse. Amazing.

    By Sopa la Gran Pena on May 7, 2013

  3. Loved the Smiths back in the day. Thanks BigO!!!

    By DanC on May 8, 2013

  4. I’ll always remember fondly (?) being one of the mob with outstretched arms that contributed to Morrissey breaking his microphone in the middle of Handsome Devil in Detroit in 1985 when he knelt down to shake hands in front of us. The band completed the song while he figured out how to put it back together. Johnny Marr invited the audience on stage during the first encore song, thus possibly ending the show early too.

    Then again in 1986 on the Queen Is Dead tour in Detroit, one guy (not me) kept jumping on stage throughout the set and security were gentle with him until they’d had too much and just shoved him back into the crowd.

    Religious experiences both, all the same (at the time). Ah, youth.

    By Motorvilleboy on May 9, 2013

  5. aMazing thank you!

    By Darths Mom on May 9, 2013

  6. FYI…Location is actually in Irvine, not Laguna Hills. (Not that it really matters),_California)

    By DanC on May 10, 2013

  7. Thank you so much. Fantastic sound. I saw the Smiths the following night in San Diego, and this show brings back some wonderful memories. I remember at one point looking down the row I was seated and seeing a line of gay men standing and crying. I was one of them. But I did have to laugh, it really was ridiculous the effect The Smiths had, and continue to have on people.

    By Felix on May 10, 2013

  8. the reason its listed as laguna hills is because the back cover says it on several different releases of this show. its also 2 miles from the amphitheater so its a common mistake.
    while i think this show is superb i personally prefer their earlier stuff. just a slight few years before this. before too many ppl knew who they were and they were still trying desperately to get known. they seemed to put more effort into pleasing their audiences. they hit me the same way u2 rem and 10000 maniacs did. they were so different that they begged me to pay attention.

    By darth on May 11, 2013

  9. I was there. It was at Irvine Meadows which is now gone due to development of condos. It was overcast with some rain. I do remember the craziness of the fans jumping on stage and security takeing people and throwing them off stage until Morrissey got pissed. They did Big mouth strikes again and tons of people
    From the pit jumped on stage and were running around. The security guys left or were just out numbered. It was crazy. Great Show!!

    By Dave on Jan 31, 2018

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