30 October 2007|
Boston (MA), Orpheum Theater
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThis was a great show. The band was good, Morrissey was overall energetic, playful and talkative. He was more terse and uptight in the first half of the show but gradually loosened up. It might have been because of the sound which was not the best for the first half. The crowd was passive, but appreciative. Four of five fans made it on stage during the encore.
The setlist was significantly reworked. The recently added "Interesting Drug" as well as "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "Human Being", "Good Looking Man About Town", "You Have Killed Me" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" were temporarily dropped to make way for "Tomorrow", "The Loop", "All You Need Is Me", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", "The National Front Disco", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Dear God Please Help Me". "That's How People Grow Up" was also on the setlist, after "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", but Morrissey decided at the last minute to skip it.
After coming on stage but before the lights came on, Morrissey sang a few lines from the children song "Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear", with keyboardist Michael playing piano. After set opener "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" he said "So we know where we are now and... let's hope for the best!" He seemed distracted during "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and missed a few lines. It very likely was because of the sound because he followed the song with the comment "I realise that you are applauding the sentiment and I'm grateful for that but (crowd cheers)... I hope to God that it sounds okay as well..." After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he made a reference to the Red Sox homecoming parade: "I was lying in bed... what? I was lying in bed, very very early this morning - at noon - and I was awokened by your celebrations (crowd cheers)... However, I went straight back to sleep but I'm sure you had a jolly good time and congratulations to you..."
Following "The Loop" Morrissey proceeded with the customary introduction of the band: "Rough, ready, always smiling, Boz Boorer... Solomon Walker... his twin brother, Matt Walker... the excessively glamorous Jesse Tobias... and last, definitely least, Michael Farrell... Do you need to know any more? Can you not be over-informed? Isn't ignorance bliss? I mean look at George W, very blissful..." The band then launched into "Sister I'm A Poet", but something was wrong with the sound of Jesse's guitar. Morrissey made weird noises, then said "I think we should begin that one again (band stops the song)... but don't be too hard on us, 'cause we're new at this game..." The guitar technician came over and fixed something with Jesse's pedals/cables. When he was done the song was restarted. After it was correctly performed Morrissey asked "And the meaning of this song is?" Nothing satisfactory was shouted from the audience, so he just said "Nobody knows..."
After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" Morrissey discussed one of his biggest heroes: "The last time I was standing here I reminded some of you who were there... I reminded all of you who are here, or were there, that this is the stage on which Oscar Wilde stood (crowd cheers)... Our benefactor, our genius, on this very stage, this very stage... A recitation to the good people of this city... Did they listen? Of course not, but that's beside the point. He was here and God bless him..." Besides the usual lyric changes in "Stretch Out And Wait" he also sang "Will the world end in the night time? Why ask me? I don't know..." The song was very well received so he thanked the crowd and added "I did think the other day of one more reason - of many reasons - why it must be Obama instead of Hillary. And the reason is: would you imagine the amount of public spending it would take to maintain Hillary's hair? It's very flattering..."
Over the opening bars of "I Like You" Morrissey told the audience "I realise, you're all shackled... but that's okay... so far!" After the song he chatted with various fans in the front rows. He started with his favourite, Julia: "Are you surviving?" She welcomed him to Boston and complimented him. He thanked her and moved on to someone else who said "It's the best birthday present ever!" Morrissey asked her "Dare I ask?", she said "43" and he retorted "Well, it's a fantastic age... as you know!" He moved on to someone else and asked "Anything to say?" This one complimented him and he replied "Beautiful, thank you..." Meanwhile some fans were handing him gifts which he took and placed on the drum rise. At this point he cheekily asked "Nothing else?" He replied to someone with the words "What do you mean bribery? What's happened?" The fan explained that it was her husband's birthday the day before and requested "Suedehead". Morrissey asked her "Is he here? (she points to him, Morrissey turns to him and says) Oh! Well, it's not your birthday now is it?" The wife then said that he was from Philly and that she went to London to see him the year before. Morrissey replied to this by asking for "A round of applause for her! It's a long way to go!" He immediately followed with the introduction of "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores": "And this song applies to everybody who is outside the venue..."
The new composition "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with the line "From the massive catalogue of our new songs we have... we have 'All You Need Is Me'." There must have been more sound problems during "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" because Morrissey looked distracted. He missed many lines and after the song he told the audience "Applause, applause, not necessary, you're just being kind, you're just being kind..." He then twirled his finger at the band (which meant skip the next planned number, "That's How People Grow Up") and they changed guitars. Meanwhile he asked the audience "Is the sound clear out there? (crowd yes!) And if it didn't would you say so? Are you sure?" New composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" was introduced after its performance with the line "That song was called - it was our big, and yet not, song for Europe last year - 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris'... but in the final event of course, we didn't win..." Morrissey's final words came right before the encore. He pointed backstage to his right and said "Thank you to Girl In A Coma for opening for us..." He then pointed in front of him and said "Thank you to my doctor, Dr. Gary Moore who is (scans audience in front of him) Where? Oh, here, doctor... Dr Gary Moore, he's my doctor and (points in front of him) he's in there... Oh also, also, (bows to the whole audience) thank you..."
Do you have information about this concert? Or do you own an uncirculated recording of it? If yes please contribute and get credited.