8 May 2007|
Salt Lake City (UT), E Center Ford Theater
The Queen Is DeadThis was an excellent show. Morrissey was in excellent form and very playful, although perhaps slightly less talkative than usual. He started off on a high but here and there, on songs such as "Dear God, Please Help Me" or "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" he looked very emotional. Some fans reported that he then looked like he was holding back tears. The audience, bar the first few rows, was not the most enthusiastic. However it must be said that the show hadn't sold out and the venue wasn't even half full, something which must have also affected the atmosphere. No one managed to make it on stage.
"Lucky Lisp" was temporarily dropped and replaced with "Dear God Please Help Me". This was the latter number's first airing on this tour.
Because the venue was mainly used as a hockey arena, as he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience by saying "Welcome to the strangest ice hockey you'll ever see!" After set opener "The Queen Is Dead" he added "Welcome to a special Shakespearean production of..." He extended a line in "First Of The Gang To Die" to "he stole all heart away... horribly so!" The latter number was very well received so Morrissey thanked the audience with the words "Thank you for your great kindness..." He forgot a few lines halfway into "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" but laughed it off and said "I forgot the words!... Julia! Julia, Julia..." Then after the line "there is no such thing in life as normal" he shouted "look around you!" After the song he justified his slip by saying "Well, I had very late light - a late night last night... down at the Deluxe bar, so you have to forgive me. I knew you would..." Then over the opening bars of "You Have Killed Me" he added "To err is to be human... to be human is to be loved..."
After the latter number Morrissey teased the audience: "So? That's it really, that's all we can do! Bye-bye!" After "Disappointed" he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "All I ask, the only thing I ask is one thing. One small thing... Is that you say 'boy howdy' to Boz Boorer... You didn't say 'boy howdy'... to Solomon Walker... from Chicago... to - yeah, very nice language - to Matt Walker... from Chicago... to Jesse Tobias... from Austin, Texas... to... to... to Michael Farrell... from Cleveland... and I am a blank page..." As an introduction to "Ganglord" Morrissey simply said "And now.. this..." After the song he asked the crowd "So, exactly why we're not in some quaint theater with beautiful plush seats? Does such places exist around here? Does anything go back to Shakespearean times? Maybe the mountains! The mountains do..."
After "I Will See You in Far Off Places" Morrissey told the crowd or perhaps someone in particular "It's a big and a varied world. It very big, it's very varied. Just remember that and... you'll be in trouble - you'll be okay I mean!" As tradition dictated he removed his shirt at the end of "Let Me Kiss You" and threw it into the crowd to be fought over. When he returned to the stage wearing a fresh one, he told the crowd "Well. Well-well-well... The furor a smelly old shirt can cause is baffling, absolutely baffling. I mean, I bought the shirt in Target so... Priceless!" He then introduced the next planned number with the line "This is a new song called 'All You Need Is Me'..."
After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey had his customary chit-chat with his favourite fan: "Julia, will you be staying the night or will you be peddling to Denver? Are you driving all the way? But not by yourself? Hoo, tsk-tsk-tsk, very dangerous Julia, very dangerous... (someone hands him a gift) For me? Is it expensive? No more gifts? I don't mind..." He was very playful with "In The Future When All's Well" and made many minor lyric changes or ablibbed between lines. He slightly changed a few words in the epic "Life Is A Pigsty" to "even now in the final hour of my life I have fallen in love again". When he took the stage again before the encores his final parting words were "We've tried to be civil, we've tried to make new friends, it doesn't have to work but, all you can do is try..." Besides the usual lyric changes in "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" he also sang "Everyone knows it would be the first time".
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