25 October 2004|
Gleason Theatre, Miami, FL
Shakespeare's SisterJust like the first one, this second of two consecutive dates in Miami wasn't very memorable. The venue was far from being sold out and the crowd once again lacked enthusiasm. Morrissey himself was a bit subdued, either because of the audience's lukewarm reception or perhaps because he was mildly under the weather, as he remarked at some point.
Because this was the second consecutive date in the same venue Morrissey made many changes in the setlist. He often did this when he played twice in the same city, but never was the setlist so drastically changed. Tour staples "First Of The Gang To Die", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "I Like You" and "You Know I Couldn't Last", as well as part-timers "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Munich Air Disaster 1958" were skipped in favour of the rarer "Shakespeare's Sister", "I'm Not Sorry", "Jack The Ripper", and even "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" which returned after a few months off the setlist. Occasionals "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", "The Never Played Symphonies" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus" were also reinstated.
Because the show was taking place at the Jackie Gleason Theatre Morrissey had to poke fun at Jackie Gleason and the "Honeymooners" television series in which he starred. On the subject of television programmes he also recited the lyrics to The Golden Girls theme song because that show was set in Miami.
At some point Morrissey commented on the fact that the show wasn't sold out and said "I'm sure there must be a hundred reasons..." He apologised for being "a bit snotty" and explained that he had just spent a night sleeping in an open field in Louisville Kentucky. When someone shouted that they were there too, Morrissey replied "I didn't notice you..." After "I Have Forgiven Jesus" he apologised "I didn't sing that song very well...", which prompted shouts of disagreement from members of the audience. Morrissey jokingly offered a refund of 50 cents to everyone to make up for this subpar performance.
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