14 July 2007|
Boca Raton (FL), Mizner Park Amphitheater
The Queen Is DeadThis was an excellent show. Morrissey was in top form despite the fact that the venue was an outdoor one and the weather was sweltering hot. He was slightly less talkative than usual, surely because of the heat. The temperature might also be the reason why the audience was not the most energetic. However the fans were still very receptive and sang along to most of the songs. No one made it on stage because the barrier was quite high and security was very tight and mean looking.
The setlist was slightly resequenced and "Whatever Happens, I Love You" and "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" were dropped in favour of "I Will See You In Far Off Places" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side".
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with the cryptic line "So... why I'm not teaching logic at Yale University, I really don't know..." After a song or two he said "I know some of you here go back with us a long, long time..." After "In The Future When All's Well" he commented on the heat: "For someone from smelly old Manchester, it's extremely hot... if I drop down dead, just continue without me... I know you will..." Soon after Morrissey introduced his musicians. He started by saying "You've been seeing them all this week on America's Got Talent..." and introduced Boz as "the unsinkable Boz Boorer".
Halfway into "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey's voice briefly gave out. Because the line he was singing was "there were times when I could have strangled her" he grabbed his throat as if he was strangling himself, therefore miming the words, but also making the vocal problem look intentional. He had his customary chit-chat with his favourite fan Julia. She asked him how he was and he paused then said, "People are always making demands, but... for now - who knows how long it will last - for now, I'm coming on..." The crowd cheered and Morrissey said, "Oh you'll cheer anything you think may be rude..." On a related note, after one particularly large ovation, he said: "You know, I think that deep down, you may almost mean it..."
At some point Morrissey saw a PETA banner and said "Thank you for the work you do... God bless you..." On top of the usual lyric changes in "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he also sang "but it's just impossible for the skin to combine". New composition "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the words "The truth about people is often disappointing, no matter who it is... but... that's how people grow up..."
Because of the intense heat it didn't take long for Morrissey to get all sweaty, so he went through a record number of shirts throughout this show. After "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" he decided to go backstage and change into a fresh shirt and told the audience "I'm going to step over there (points off stage to the right) for about 32 seconds... while I'm gone, the musicians will entertain you with stories from their illustrious careers... here is the band!" Boz stepped up to the microphone and started "A very strange thing happened to me on the way to the theater..." He then stepped back, and as people in the audience were shouting things like "what happened?", he and the other musicians just picked notes on their instruments, until the singer returned. Before one of the last tracks Morrissey asked "How do you feel? Happy? Sad?" then walked to the other side of the stage and repeated "Happy? Sad? Both?" and smiled a great smile.
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