18 May 2007|
Columbus (OH), Palace Theatre
The Queen Is DeadMorrissey was on a good stretch and this concert was an excellent one. The singer was fantastic and the band was at their best. The audience was generally receptive and appreciative. Security was at first rather relaxed, but during the encore people tried to make it on stage in greater numbers and, afraid they were losing control of the situation, some of the bouncers got rough, even if the stage invaders were all gentle and polite. A fan who successfully managed to make it on stage and past security was rewarded by Morrissey telling him "See, you have to have verve..." There was no change in the setlist.
"Thank you for letting me play in your palace" Morrissey said with a bow to the crowd after the first couple songs. At some point later into the show he jokingly said "Not bad for the five dollar entrance fee..." He tried to stir the audience into action by saying "I realize you're all shackled to the floor..." New composition "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with the line "This is another song bristling with meaning..." Some fan shouted his guess at what that song was - "International Playboys!" - and Morrissey retorted "No, but very impressive, I'll never forget you..."
The David Bowie cover "Drive-In Saturday" was introduced by Morrissey as a "Jobriath cover". However many people in the audience knew that the song was a Bowie one and looked confused. Seeing this, Morrissey said "I don't believe they know who that is..." Morrissey also had his customary chit-chat with his favourite fan Julia. He asked her how she was doing and handed her the microphone so her answer could be heard by everyone. She said she was good and returned the question to him. He grinned and replied "I am very well".
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