27 October 2004|
Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, TX
How Soon Is Now?This was not a very memorable show. Morrissey was still feeling a bit under the weather. He looked tired and suffered some vocal difficulties. This probably is the reason why some planned material was skipped and why the next two planned gigs in Houston and Austin were cancelled. Despite his condition Morrissey was still talkative and sexually suggestive. He changed shirts a few times, and one of the worn shirts was thrown into the audience after having been used to wipe the sweat off his chest and down his crotch. The crowd was very receptive, moreso than the crowds in Miami a few days earlier. Security was tight and kept the fans in their seats. However a few of them still managed to rush the stage during the encore.
After the last show in Miami in which Morrissey had replaced many tour staples for lesser played material, the setlist returned to a typical one for the time. However it must be said that "You Know I Couldn't Last" was slotted as the final song of the main set, but it was skipped, very likely because of Morrissey vocal problems.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with "Fort Worth, you are the quarry!". Soon after he enquired "What the hell brings you here on an indifferent Wednesday night?". He got an unsatisfying response from the crowd and concluded out loud "Not very convincing..." He then asked "What is this? Ginger Rogers Auditorium?". In his typical self-deprecatory way he introduced "I Like You" with the line "This next song is dreadful and it's called 'I Like You'." When he introduced "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he said that it was from his "grotesque past".
These were election times in the United States and Morrissey couldn't help sharing his political views with the audience in most cities he visited on this tour. He especially couldn't pass the chance to ask the Texans before "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores": "Tell me... is this really Bush Country?" He was answered mostly with boos but also with pro-Bush shouts. He added "I hope George and Laura realize we're not all fooled..." A memorable moment of the evening happened when he handed the microphone to a fan who kept screaming for attention. Morrissey asked him "What do you want?" and the fan used this opportunity to shout "Lets give a big Texas fuck you to Johnny Marr!". Morrissey looked surprised and retorted "That's not a very nice thing to say, but I understand the sentiment... which I really shouldn't though..."
During "Let Me Kiss You", Morrissey suggestively caressed his chest and body, as he usually did during performances of that song. He also sarcastically complained about the disappointing stateside performance of his latest album "You Are The Quarry" and the current state of pop music when he said "When you imagine the talent out there, it's amazing we got so far..." A number from the latter album was introduced with the words "This is off our relatively new album 'You Can And You Will'... no, actually it's called 'Ft Worth You Are The Quarry'."
Morrissey started the customary introduction of his musicians with the words "These are my Dallas Cowboys..." He was handed a Mexican flag at some point, which he twirled around for a bit before throwing it back into the crowd. Near the end of the show a fan handed something to Morrissey and was rewarded with the comment "Is this the best you can do?" Besides the above Morrissey also had his usual chit-chat with his favourite fan Julia.
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