22 May 2007|
St.Louis (MO), The Pageant
The Queen Is DeadThis concert took place on Morrissey's 48th birthday and it was one of the best of this tour. It felt more like a party than a concert. Morrissey and the audience were all in the best spirits and fed off each others energy. No one crashed the stage but many fans made their way to the front throughout the show to hand Morrissey birthday cards and gifts.
"Ganglord" as well as the recently re-added "Suedehead" were dropped from the setlist and replaced with part-timers "In The Future When All's Well" and "Girlfriend In A Coma". "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", which had been dropped on the last date despite having been originally planned, also returned.
As he came on stage Morrissey slowly sang "I've come to wish me an unhappy birthday", a line from the Smiths' song "Unhappy Birthday". After the crowd favourite "First Of The Gang To Die" he warned the audience "So this is warning to all of you, this is a warning, (makes a circle around his face) this is what 48 looks like... you may not want to stick around..." After "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he joked "And of course, it's great to be back in the Lou... and, that's L-O-U..." Besides the usual live changes in "In The Future When All's Well" he also sang "every day I play a fetish game called..." and "Lee, anyone! stand up and defend me". After the song he said "Very very nice to see some of the irregular regulars... thank you..."
The Smiths classic "Panic" was introduced with the line "You know, I have tried and tried but there is no way of forgetting..." After a very well received "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey said "Thank you, I'm trying, and I'm trying... very trying..." After "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" he collected cards and gifts from people in the audience while asking "is this for me?" Following "The National Front Disco" he proceeded with the traditional introduction of the band: "Always and forever, Boz Boorer... and on the bass guitar, Solomon Walker... drumming, Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... Michael Farrell..." He then tried to introduce himself but he was drowned out by a portion of the audience singing 'happy birthday' to him.
New composition "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with the quick "Now for tonight, all you need is me..." After the song Morrissey collected more cards and gifts. After "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he asked his favourite fan "Julia, did you see any sights today?". She answered something complimentary about him being the most beautiful sight and wished him happy birthday. Morrissey thanked her and asked someone else "Paul have you seen any sights today?" The object of the question answered something equally complimentary and Morrissey told the audience "very shy, very shy..." After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he said to someone "I thought you'd be at home? Oh yeah?"
Following "At Last I Am Born" Morrissey joked "Well I haven't, I haven't yet found my thrill on Blueberry Hill... but I shall have at least, hmmm, two more years left, so..." A very touching moment occurred when Morrissey and the band returned to the stage for the encore. The musicians started playing the happy birthday song and the audience joined in. Morrissey made a gesture of hanging himself, but he was obviously enjoying it all and thanked everyone by saying "Thanks for giving me a fantastic moment, thank you..." Things got even more emotional when at the end of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" Morrissey looked like he was holding back tears.
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