26 June 2007|
Boston (MA), Bank Of American Pavilion
The Queen Is DeadThe second leg of Morrissey's Greatest Hits tour started off on a bad note as this concert was stopped after the above seven songs because Morrissey had a sore throat. This obviously left many fans disappointed or angry. The show was rescheduled for the following 7 July.
The planned songs after the ones above were "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "In The Future When All's Well", "All You Need Is Me", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "I Will See You In Far Off Places", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "First Of The Gang To Die", "That's How People Grow Up", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "How Soon Is Now?" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side". So there was to be no surprise in the setlist, all the above were regulars on the tour's first leg.
The night seemed to start on a good note. Morrissey launched the show with a powerful performance of "The Queen Is Dead". In "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" he sang "In our lifetime those who kill, Fox News hands them stardom". The audience was quite receptive and unlike typical Boston shows, the fans were all on their feet from the first minute. Morrissey noticed and even joked by saying that the seats must not have been comfortable because everyone was standing. He couldn't even manage to say that as he was interrupted by the cheering audience and had to snap with a "I haven't finished yet!" He also asked if anyone knew who had walked the streets of Boston in the past and mentioned Anne Sexton. He also namedropped his favourite fan Julia.
However by the time he got to "Ganglord" Morrissey was visibly struggling with his voice. He apologised for it before going into "The National Front Disco" by saying "We recorded the David Letterman Show last night in a studio that was 30 degrees below zero. 29 degrees below I can take but 30 below was too much and unfortunately it will not just be the emotions cracking tonight, but my voice as well..."
Morrissey struggled some more during "The National Front Disco", then introduced his band: "Dressed in his own clothes, Boz Boorer... on bass (grabbing the end of the bass) that's this thing here, Solomon Walker... (tapping his microphone on the drum) on God's first instrument, Matt Walker..." Morrissey then proceeded to introduce Jesse Tobias and Michael Farrell and finished with himself: "and I'm... I'm just in the way..."
Morrissey seemed a little better during "Let Me Kiss You", but at the end of the song he removed his shirt as he always did, threw it into the audience, went backstage to change into a new one, but never came back. Boz's guitar technician called Boz over and whispered something in his ear, while someone on the other side was signalling to Jesse. Then someone from backstage walked up to the microphone and announced that Morrissey had lost his voice and the show was over. The lights came back on and the usual post-show song, Frank Sinatra's "That's Life", was played. This obviously irritated the audience who booed it. After the song there was a further announcement that the show would be rescheduled, with details to be posted on the concert promoter's web site.
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