12 September 1997|
Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
MaladjustedThis was overall a great show. Morrissey was in amazing form, flailing the microphone cord and swinging his hips like in the Smiths days. He wasn't very talkative however, and seemed at times unsatisfied with the sound (read further). Security was quite rough and only a few fans made it on stage, at the end of the show, to other fans' displeasure.
Since Morrissey had last visited North America (in 1992), the use of the internet had become more widespread, so the first concert of the tour was also the most exciting setlist-wise because nobody knew what was going to be on the played. None of the songs on this date had been performed in North America before. All of the material was from Morrissey's last three regular albums, "Vauxhall & I", "Southpaw Grammar" and "Maladjusted", all released after the Your Arsenal tour, plus two songs from the Smiths days. "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" had been the standard encore in the UK and Japan in 1995, so its presence in the setlist was not really a surprise, unless for its unexpected presence in the upper half of the set. The real surprise however was the first ever live performance of the Smiths-era's "Paint A Vulgar Picture". It had never been performed before, with or without the Smiths. Setlist note: "Trouble Loves Me" was on the setlist before "Speedway" but was skipped.
Entering stage, Morrissey shouted "Hello!" before going into set opener, the title track of his newest album, "Maladjusted". In it, besides the usual changes, he sang "there's nothing wrong with me" instead of "there's nothing wrong with you" and for some reason he muffled the word 'girls' in the line "for working girls like me". After "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" which was incredibly well received, Morrissey started to look annoyed with the sound. He asked "just one quick question.. can you hear everything alright?" He enquired again after "Nobody Loves Us": "am I... am I singing off-key?"
Returning for the encore, Morrissey exclaimed "God bless you!.. Toronto!" before going into "Satan Rejected My Soul". In the song Morrissey changed a line to "He knows heaven's never gonna be my home". During its performance at least 3 fans managed to climb on stage, so someone from security decided to rush Morrissey off, cutting the song short by a few bars. The reaction seemed out of proportion as there wasn't a real risk of massive stage invasion. Of course the audience, believing there were more songs scheduled to be performed after this and thinking they had just be robbed of a part of the concert, showed their disappointment by booing and chanting Morrissey's name.
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