7 April 2009|
Kansas City (MO), Midland Theatre
This Charming ManThis was another good Morrissey show in front of an average crowd. The singer was at his best, playful and talkative, but the audience, though appreciative, was not very energetic. The highlight of the show was the solo debut of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others". The song had only been done once during the Smiths days, on the band's final concert. This was the first time Morrissey did it without the Smiths. "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" was also reinstated, while "That's How People Grow Up" and "Life Is A Pigsty" were temporarily dropped.
Over the length of this concert, Morrissey reached out to the locals a few times. At the end of "The Loop" he left the stage and returned in a fresh shirt, and said "I bought this shirt in Kansas City. That's incredible!" When he returned for the encore his parting words to the audience were "Kansas City, you are too hot!", which echoed the opening sample of encore "First Of The Gang To Die" ('Los Angeles, you are too hot!'). He also had the now customary chit-chat with people in the front rows. One after another he handed fans the microphone to they could say their bit or answer his questions. At the very end of the encore, he shouted "Take that! Take that!"
The debuting "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was very similar to the way it had been done that one time with the Smiths, including the extra non-album verse (see lyrics page). The only change was the very minor one to "there is just one concern and I have discovered". Besides the usual changes in "Billy Budd" Morrissey also sang "Things have been bad. Really? Yes... but now it's 30 years on..." and "Thank Christ! they turned me down".
"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel", "I Keep Mine Hidden" and "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" are featured on "Nights Of Refusal" volume 2, a compilation DVD featuring HD Youtube material from the second half of the American leg of the Tour Of Refusal.
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