6 June 2007|
Riverside (CA), Municipal Auditorium
The Queen Is DeadThis was a good show, with a good performance by Morrissey and his band. Morrissey looked particularly happy and playful, but he was slightly less talkative than usual. The crowd was appreciative and energetic, although a bit violent as is typical in Southern California. Security was very tight so nobody made it on stage.
There was very little change in the setlist. "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" was replaced with another song from Morrissey's solo back catalogue, "Lucky Lisp".
When Morrissey entered stage he greeted the audience with the line "It's cheap, it's loud, it's live music!". After powerful set opener "The Queen Is Dead" he exclaimed "It won't be pleasant!" He slightly changed a few lines in "Ganglord" to "wanting me to break their silly laws" and "Don't worry, just remember, the police can always be bribed". After the latter number he teased the rowdy audience by saying "Now, if you come any closer I'm gonna bite you... I promise!" After "Lucky Lisp" he jokingly said "Now, I know some of you haven't recognised me, well... I'm your father! Don't you forget me!" As an introduction to "All You Need Is Me" he started to say "EVerybody has their dream and my dream is..." but never finished.
Over the last notes of "All You Need Is Me" Morrissey shouted something that sounded like "Columbia!", followed with the song's title. Over the opening bars of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he asked "Is anybody listening?" He extended a few lines in the latter number to "Come Armageddon come, please, now!" and "on your face, your scrawny face". Following "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" he had his traditional chat with fans in the front rows. To his favourite fan he asked "You look a bit squashed Julia... Would you like to say anything? No? Like to speak? No? (Morrissey hands microphone to someone else who shouts 'I love you Morrissey!') I knew you'd say that!" After "You Have Killed Me" he said "So tomorrow you go back to the school, to work, wherever hell you go... and you enter the twilight zone, 'cause this is reality, that's not reality..."
New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the words "So if you can rip your teeth and look the other way while we do a new song called 'That's How People Grow Up'..." After the song he told the crowd "It will grow on you... In about 10 years time you'll look back and you'll say, that was a lovely song..." The song "Disappointed" was very well received and Morrissey told the appreciative crowd "We live to give, we aim to please, that's all we can do..." He was distracted by something or someone during the first half of "I Will See You In Far Off Places" and missed or simply hummed some lines.
Following the line "so you go and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry and you want to die" in "How Soon Is Now?" Morrissey gestured the act of masturbation. When he returned to the stage for the encore, before going into "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", his parting words to the audience were "To die in Riverside is such a heavenly place to die", sung to the melody of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Over this final song's outro he shouted "That's what you get when you leave your home... your safe, safe home... ciao!"
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