30 May 1991|
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
Interesting DrugMorrissey's first American tour in solo was launched in San Diego. This was a very wild show, the first of many wild concerts in California throughout Morrissey's career. The Smiths had been very well received there, but Morrissey's fanbase had kept on growing since the Smiths' last visit in 1986. Every song was cheered as if it was the highlight of the evening. The audience sang along to most of the set. There were many stage invasions, especially after a barrier broke. At some point, a female fan was injured when she was pushed off the stage by security.
The setlist was very similar to that of the first leg of this tour. However Morrissey introduced two more songs from the most recent album "Kill Uncle". "(I'm) The End Of The Family Line" had been played once on the very first date of the previous leg of this tour, but then dropped. It would be played a few more times here, but would eventually disappear again. "There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends", the other live addition, was being performed on stage for the very first time. Many songs from "Kill Uncle" were 'rockabilly-fied' for the stage, and in this case, the transformation changed the mellow album closer into a rocking live favourite. To make space for these new additions, the yet-to-be-released "Pregnant For The Last Time" was removed from the setlist.
"Sing Your Life" was altered musically, it was slightly extended at the end by a few bars. This was probably improvised, or if not, Morrissey was simply unhappy of how it turned out because this arrangement would never be repeated again. A fan made it on stage during the latter song. Morrissey handed her the microphone and asked her to sing her life, but she couldn't do it.
Before "Everyday Is Like Sunday", Morrissey announced "If any of you have anything to say, I suppose it's now really... so therefore...". "That's Entertainment" was played mid-set before this date, but it was now moved at the end of the main set. With its frantic ending, it turned out to be a great closing number.
Before the encore, an announcement was made that the show would continue only if the crowd stopped pushing against the broken barrier. The venue's management said that fans in the front were crushed and asked everyone to take a few steps back. The crowd must have complied to the management's satisfaction because Morrissey and Th'Lads soon returned to perform two more songs, "Cosmic Dancer" and "Disappointed". Unlike the previous leg of the Kill Uncle tour when both songs were also in the encore, this time the first segued into the second. In the latter, besides the usual changes, Morrissey sang "Young boy please believe me I wanna help you".
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