20 May 2007|
Indianapolis (IN), Murat Center
The Queen Is DeadThis concert went down well but it wasn't the most memorable one of this tour. Morrissey was in great spirits and playful, but perhaps less than he had been on the previous few dates. It must be said that at some point he dropped the microphone and following this had problems with it (particularly during the encore when it kept cutting out). This might have affected his concentration. The audience was very energetic at the front, but more subdued at the back. They were still generally very appreciative. A few fans made it on stage, but one of these successful stage climbers didn't even go to Morrissey, he just stood there looking dazed.
The David Bowie cover "Drive-In Saturday" was dropped from the setlist and replaced with "Suedehead". "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was on the setlist as the first encore, but Morrissey decided at the last minute to drop it, very likely because of the sound problems.
At the beginning of the show Morrissey welcomed "...the girls, the boys, and the rest of you..." He said something about it being a "a cold, grey day in Indianapolis" despite the weather being nice. In "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he changed a line to "with a large wife beside him". New composition "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with "If I may just squeeze eight words in, I would say (someone shouts something nasty) Well I really wouldn't say that but... I would say (someone wishes him happy birthday)... To me?... (acts pensive) Hmmm hmmm... This is... This is a new song called 'All You Need Is Me'..."
The video for Morrissey's debut single "Suedehead" had been filmed in Fairmount, Indiana, home of James Dean, and this may be why the song was added to the setlist again. Although it had been played once at the very beginning of the tour, it was not a setlist regular. Morrissey introduced it by saying "Around 20 years ago I made something that is commonly called a promotional film, in this general area, in the hometown of a great man whose name I need not mention. And this song goes nothing like this..." In the song Morrissey changed a few lines to "why don't you send me silly notes anymore?", "I had to sneak into your room just to see your diary, it was just to see, just to see all the things I knew you'd written about me and oh such nothing(?) illustrations oh but..." and "It was a good lay, good lay... it was an okay lay..."
At some point Morrissey proceeded with the customary introduction of the band: "Boz is our captain... Solomon is our treasure... Matt is our anchor... Jesse is our cabin boy... Mikey is our lifeboat... and I am that small strip of sand which the ocean never quite reaches..." He also had his traditional chit-chat with his favourite fan Julia and other semi-regular Winnie. In encore "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" the microphone gave him serious trouble and this prompted him to say, between two lines, "I cannot do this much longer..."
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