5 May 2007|
Spokane (WA), The Big Easy
The Queen Is DeadThis concert went down well. Morrissey was at his best, and was obviously having a good time. The audience was overall very receptive, but not the most energetic. There were quite a few loud sing-alongs to crowd favourites such as "Everyday Is Like Sunday". The stage was quite high, it was almost impossible for fans to climb up and no one really made it.
The setlist was shortened down by two songs. The classic "Irish Blood, English Heart" was reinstated, but "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Panic" were temporarily dropped.
As he came on stage Morrissey's first words were "I've come prepared for the execution!" The show had originally been planned at a bigger venue, but because of low ticket sales it had been moved to this smaller one. The place was still not even half full so at some point Morrissey joked about not selling all the tickets. He put on his best American midwest accent and said "Where is everybody on a humdinger of a Saturday night in Spokane? Are they out hunting? Let's get loaded on rum and shoot us some hunters..."
On the subject of drinking Morrissey also said at some point "The drunker you get, the better the songs will sound..." In the same self-deprecatory manner he said of one of his songs "This music has been known to be detrimental..." As usual he teased the locals by saying something about Wichita. When a fan shouted "eat a steak!" he was chastised by Morrissey with great vehemence.
When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey announced "Spokane, my face is leaving in 10 minutes... you'd better be on it!" There had been a bit of violence earlier in the set when a few fans fighting had been thrown out of the venue. However during the encore a female fan who was trying to get on stage was violently tackled to the floor by someone from security. She had to be carried off limp and almost unconscious while Morrissey shook his head and looked genuinely concerned. This was a bad ending to a overall good concert.
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