9 July 2007|
Norfolk (VA), The NorVa
The Queen Is DeadThis was a great concert. Morrissey was generally in good spirits, very talkative, and the band was at their best. The audience was very receptive and sang along to all their favourite songs. Only one fan managed to make it on stage, and he was one of those rare stage climbers who are remembered after the show (read further).
The setlist order returned more or less to the one from earlier on the tour. "The Queen Is Dead" was reinstated, while "Whatever Happens I Love You", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" were dropped. The latter number was actually originally planned following "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", but Morrissey decided to skip it at the last minute.
When Morrissey came on stage the crowd's ovation was so great that he shook his ear monitors and laid down to the floor, as if he had been blown away by it all. One of his most memorable comments of the evening was delivered after "All You Need Is Me" when he addressed Madonna's appearance at the upcoming Live Earth benefit: "You know the climate change thing, so we're now asked to believe that Madonna actually cares about climate change... if Madonna could turn climate change into a coat, she'd wear it... in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she turns that little African boy into a coat and wears it (?)... However! However, being Madonna of course she will only wear it for 15 minutes and then throw it away!... Such a good mother!"
At one point, someone tried to hand Morrissey a t-shirt and he told the fan "But why would I want a t-shirt with me on it? I see me everyday... in the most horrible of ways..." Halfway in "How Soon Is Now?" a fan very quickly jumped on stage, approached Morrissey from behind, kissed him on the cheek and dived back into the audience, barely escaping the arms of security. The crowd cheered very loudly and Morrissey couldn't help laughing and smiling as he watched the fan escape back into the crowd.
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