13 September 1997|
Théatre St-Denis, Montreal, Canada
MaladjustedThis was a good show typical of the 1997 tour. Morrissey moved quite a lot but wasn't very talkative. His only banter consisted of thanking the fans. The most elaborate was one given when returning to perform the encore: "Thank you for being so very nice... thank you". Security was very tight and fans who were not in the first front rows had to stay in their seats. Only one person managed to get on stage, during the encore.
The setlist was significantly resequenced and in the process "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" was moved down to the encore position where it would remain for most of the rest of the tour. "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" was replaced by "Billy Budd", the latter thus making its North American live debut.
In "Ambitious Outsiders" Morrissey mistakenly started a verse "We're on your streets, but..." when he should have been singing "Your taxes paid, but..." He realised it and returned to the right position by the next line. One concert highlight for many was Morrissey rolling the microphone on his stomach during "Wide To Receive". This came out as very sexy in a way people were not used to yet in 1997. Smiths-era material was a rare treat in 1997 and "Paint A Vulgar Picture" was cheered loudly as soon as it was recognised.
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