4 November 2007|
Greenville (SC), The Peace Center
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThis show was not the most memorable one of the tour, but it was still a good one. Morrissey was less talkative than he usually was at the time and he looked like he was coming on with a cold, but he still gave the best of himself. The crowd was rather quiet, but most people at the front were local season pass holders and were probably checking Morrissey out of curiosity. As on the previous date, the crowd flooded the stage during the encore. However this time it was bad enough that security had to whisk Morrissey off stage.
Only a few changes were made to the setlist. "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and "All You Need Is Me" replaced "I Like You" and "Good Looking Man About Town". "That's How People Grow Up" was on the setlist following "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", but Morrissey decided at the last minute to skip it.
Instead of Morrissey greeting the audience before going into the opening number, keyboardist Michael Farrell played a few bars of a (yet to be identified) ragtime ditty. Morrissey finally greeted the audience after set opener "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", by saying "Welcome to one more night at the opera!" After the line "just to make myself attracted to you, have I failed?" in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", he added "Yes, you have failed!" Following "Irish Blood, English Heart" he said "Well, here we are at the Peace Center... the Peace Center... and all of these songs in the name of peace... maybe..." After "Interesting Drug" he asked if he and the boys were being too "flashy". After "Sister I'm A Poet" he proceeded with the customary introduction of the band. Boz was introduced as "the conductor", bassist Solomon was said to be playing the bassoon, his brother Matt on drums was announced as being "from the same parents", guitarist Jesse was introduced as "not from the same parents" and Michael was said to be "formerly the singer of the Mama's & the Papa's... no, he's not really..."
After "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" Morrissey enquired, "Any requests..." but he didn't leave anyone the chance to answer before adding "will be completely ignored..." After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" he asked a fan in the audience if she was in pain. She answered that she was, but that he made it okay, so Morrissey told her "You're half-convincing..." Another fan then requested the microphone so Morrissey handed it to her and she yelled, "I love you!" He then passed the microphone to a male fan who had a very long story to share about how he still had a picture of Morrissey in his room after 11 years. Morrissey followed this by saying that he's older than Elvis, older than Oscar Wilde, but younger than Bono. Following "Jack The Ripper" he joked that he had been on tour for 300 years, and asked "Every night what happens?". He handed the microphone to his favourite fan Julia who answered "You're here, you sing, and it's wonderful!" But Morrissey said that every night Julia came to see him play and added "Thank you to Julia, thank you to me..."
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "As you are pushing your shopping trolleys through the grocery store you realise that the world is full of..." After the song he said "Don't do it unless you really mean it..." It was very likely a reference to the fact that one fan had gotten up on stage during the song to hug him. As he usually did at the time after the line "is there any point ever having children?" in "Stretch Out And Wait", he handed the microphone to someone in the audience to answer. People usually shouted "No!", which was what Morrissey expected, but on this date the selected fan shouted "Only yours!", which prompted Morrissey to make a disgusted face.
"The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" was introduced with the words "Every song tells a story... none more filthy than this one..." After the song Morrissey went to his musicians and told them to skip the following planned number, "That's How People Grow Up". He was heard mumbling something that sounded like "And thus the legend is perpetuated..." He then asked the audience "Did anyone hear what I said?" Most fans shouted in the negative so he asked "Does anyone care?" There were more shouts of yes's and no's and someone asked him to repeat, so he said "What will you give me in exchange?" When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey's final words were "Thank you Greenville... If only you knew, if only you knew... well, maybe you do!" As mentioned earlier, the show ended with the stage being flooded with fans during the final song, and Morrissey having to be dragged off by security. The fans didn't even wait for the encore to start: the first one who was successful did it while Morrissey and his musicians were in a line at the front of the stage, as they were about to bow together to the audience.
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