17 July 2007|
Jacksonville (FL), Morocco Shrine Auditorium
The Queen Is DeadThis was a typical show of this period in time. Morrissey was on top form and the sound was excellent. The crowd was quite energetic at the front but rather quiet at the back. Portions of the audience just stood around and talked to each other. There was only one attempt by a fan to get on stage, and it failed. It was particularly amazing that Morrissey remained in a good mood considering the extreme heat inside the venue. Morrissey complained regularly about it, but soldiered on, spraying himself with a mist bottle between songs.
The highlight of the show must have been the introduction of new composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris". Many fans were also happy so see the return of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" in the encore seat. To make space for those two, "I Will See You In Far Off Places" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" were dropped. Also, it must be said that "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "At Last I Am Born" were on the setlist, but skipped.
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted the audience by joking on the venue's name "Good evening Morocco!". After "You Have Killed Me" he returned to the subject and asked "Do you think in Morocco they have a Jacksonville shrine?... Probably not..." It was as hot as Morocco in the venue so after "In The Future When All's Well" Morrissey asked the crowd "Oxygen please!... Are you really hot?...temperature-wise..." As he was about to launch into "The National Front Disco" he told the fans "Yes you all have beautiful voices..."
The traditional introduction of the band started with Morrissey asking "Do you think the father of your child is..." He then proceeded to name his musicians one after the other. He finished by saying "Or you could be completely horrified to find out it's me!" The debuting "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" was dedicated by Morrissey to "the irregular regulars", ie the fans who followed him along the tour. The new song was very well received and he commented "Yes but if I stood here and I sang '99 Red Balloons' I think you would cheer that... even more!"
After "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" Morrissey asked his favourite fan "Julia, do they have air conditioning here?" He then handed her the microphone so she could answer. He then asked her something else and again had her share her answer with the rest of the audience. On the subject of the heat Morrissey also said at some point "I think I'm going to pass out... and you'd better all get that on your electronic doo-dads..." and "Do you think Barry Manilow could perform in this heat? Because he is the yardstick of genius..."
At some point Morrissey said "Here I am, here you are, there's the lights and this beautiful carpet up here, god knows why..." Later he asked the house to turn the lights on so he could see the crowd and then quickly asked to turn them back off: "Max, can you put the lights on the crowd?... Ok, that's enough, hands down!" He also asked the crowd "Please say something nice, anything, to take with us to Birmingham..."
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