2 June 2007|
Phoenix (AZ), Maricopa County Events Center
The Queen Is DeadThis concert went down well. Morrissey was in excellent spirits, he was playful and chatty. The band was flawless. The audience was receptive, but rather lethargic. It must be said that although it wasn't violent, security insisted on everyone staying in their seats, something which may have affected the atmosphere. A handful of fans still managed to make it on stage, particularly during the encore.
Surprisingly Morrissey dropped the live staple "First Of The Gang To Die" from the setlist, and replaced it with "Panic".
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted the audience by saying "This is a bad experiment gone horribly wrong!". In "Disappointed" it sounded like he changed a line to "Your friends and their phones would rather die than have to sleep with you". When he introduced his musicians Jesse was cheered louder and longer than his bandmates, which prompted Morrissey to say something to the effect of "it shouldn't be that loud." Then when came his own turn he introduced himself with the words "...and then there's big fat me."
As was tradition at the time Morrissey also asked his most dedicated fan Julia as well as a few others in the front rows how they were. One fan said he was okay but that his car had broken down earlier, to which Morrissey replied "life happens..." Over the opening notes of "The National Front Disco" he acknowledged the audience's cheers by saying "Well thats very very civil of you, thank you..." At some point he made a comment to the effect of "...think of this when you are queueing outside of Whataburger..." Jesse accidentally dropped his cymbal at the beginning of "At Last I Am Born". Morrissey changed a line in that song to "Look at me now from fat little child to spectral hand to Claude Brasseur Oh-who the hell is Claude Brasseur?".
Following new composition "All You Need Is Me" Morrissey stated "I could be very wrong..." When he returned to the stage for the encore he said "Thank you punk rockers", bowed alongside his musicians, then asked the crowd "Can you take it?". Before the final song he simply said "And before you all run away, one final message..." That final song was "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" and as had become tradition Morrissey sang the whole first verse in the first person. However he slightly extended a line in there to "with the world's fate resting on my shoulders I think I'm gonne need someone on my side".
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