31 May 2007|
Tucson (AZ), Music Hall
The Queen Is DeadThis was one of the smaller dates on this tour. Morrissey was at his best and the band played tight. The audience was not the most enthusiastic, but it was appreciative. Despite Morrissey advising at some point "Whatever you do, don't let security ruin your night", security was overall rather lax. A few fans made it on stage, including a small boy of 11 who, before being stopped by security, went for Morrissey's tie on the drum rise instead of Morrissey himself.
The Smiths classic "Panic" as well as the lesser known "Ganglord" were temporarily dropped and replaced with "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" and new composition "All You Need Is Me". Tucson was actually the first place on this tour to be treated to both the latter and the other new composition "That's How People Grow Up".
At some point Morrissey addressed the crowd as being "naughty". Before going into "Disappointed" he shared this nugget of wisdom: "You will never again in your life be as young as you are now." After "That's How People Grow Up" he told the audience "Julia has a message for everybody" and handed the microphone to his favourite fan. She asked him how he was and he replied "I'm very, extremely, extremely okay... How about yourself?". After she answered he handed the microphone to a young female fan who shouted "Marry me!", to which Morrissey promptly replied "You're too old for me..." He then handed the microphone to a male fan who simply stated "Angels are genderless". This prompted Morrissey to ask back "How do you know?" Then another female fan was given the microphone and she said "I have a gift for you", as she gave him a book. Morrissey barely glanced at it and said "Thank you, of course I've read it, but you can never have too many..."
In live performances of new composition "All You Need Is Me" up to this point Morrissey had always sung "I was a small, fat child in a council house" but on this date he changed "council house" to "welfare house". This is what he would end up recording later that year when he laid down the definitive version of the song. Before going into the encore he teased the audience by saying "By the time we're in Phoenix, you'll be asleep..."
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