23 May 2007|
Kansas City (MO), Uptown Theater
The Queen Is DeadThis was a perfect concert. Morrissey and the band were at their best and the sound was flawless. The audience was well behaved, very receptive and appreciative but smelly, according to a joking Morrissey. There was only one stage attempt, and it was unsuccessful.
There was very little change in the setlist. The Smiths classic "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was dropped and replaced with "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys". This was the first time Morrissey played the latter song live since 1992, and it was a good move on his part. It was very well received by the fans.
As he entered stage Morrissey immediately established his proper sense of geography and warmed up his wry sense of humor by chanting "Missouri, Missouri, Morrissouri, Morrissey, Morrissey..." Opening act Kristeen Young had hinted during her set that Morrissey didn't know in what state he was (he might have thought Kansas City was in Kansas like many people do), and this is probably why the man asked at various points into the show "Do you know where you all are?", "Does anyone know that you are here?" and "What are you going to say about this tomorrow?" He also said that he hadn't got to bed before 5am the night before, and sarcastically told the audience "We're thrilled to death to be here - no really, we're thrilled to death!". At some point Morrissey chatted with his favourite fan Julia. He also handed the microphone to another of his 'irregular regulars' (fans following the tour) who told Morrissey that he had to fly back.
New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was heard soundchecked. The song would see its live debut within the coming week, in Houston.
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