13 July 1991|
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Interesting DrugThe first North American leg of the Kill Uncle tour ended on a great note. The 20000 tickets for this show had sold out in one morning and the sale of merchandise established a new record for the Madison Square Garden. The previous record had been held by U2 since 1987. Morrissey and his bandmates were all in excellent mood. The fans were very energetic and many of them tried to jump over the security-filled gap between the pit and the stage to make it to their idol. Approximately ten to fifteen of them were successful, a fair amount considering this was a venue where that kind of thing never happened.
"Alsatian Cousin" was finally debuted. The song had been rehearsed for some time at soundchecks earlier on the tour so fans following Morrissey were expecting it to appear in the setlist at any point. Like other new live additions on this leg of the tour, it was slotted in the encore.
Following "Trash" Morrissey started "That song is called 'Trash' and..." but never finished what he meant to say. During "Mute Witness" he did two shoulder stands, legs in the air, arms supporting his backside which was turned towards the audience. After "November Spawned A Monster" he told his 20000 fans "This is very cosy ... I take that back... Aargh!" During the usual frantic drum and guitar frenzy at the end of "That's Entertainment" Boz fell over Gary and got his guitar entangled between his legs. At the end of the song he smashed it with a look of satisfaction on his face.
Morrissey changed a line in "Our Frank" to "the world may be ending, but look I'm practically human". After "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", which ended the main set, he threw the shirt he had been wearing into the audience and left the stage followed by Th'Lads. He did the same again after the first encore, "Yes I Am Blind". The new live addition "Alsatian Cousin" was played next. The band then left stage again but they soon returned for a surprise second encore in which they did the usual set closer "Disappointed". The song was introduced with the line "This is the last song that we will ever sing" and Morrissey changed a line in it to "Your friends and your foes they'd rather die than have to sleep with you".
Many celebrities were seen in the audience, such as Michael Stipe (there was a rumour he would join Morrissey on stage), Lloyd Cole, Matt Dillon, and members of Tears For Fears, B-52s, Ocean Blue and Squeeze.
The audio track from the video recording that lacks "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" was released on the manufactured bootleg cd titled "Piccadilly Palare". The sound is therefore just average. The three incomplete songs "Our Frank", "Suedehead" and "Yes I Am Blind" are found within one cd track.
The latter manufactured cd as well as the audio for the other video recording are both commonly found in digital format on the internet. The content of a bootleg titled "New York '91" is unknown but expected to be the same as one of the above. It could also be a rumoured different recording, this one supposedly featuring the full set.
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