14 September 1997
The Orpheum, Boston, MA

The Boy Racer
Billy Budd
Alma Matters
Ambitious Outsiders
Nobody Loves Us
Now My Heart Is Full
Wide To Receive
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Paint A Vulgar Picture
Roy's Keen
Satan Rejected My Soul
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This was another good concert in the vein of the first two ones of this tour. Morrissey wasn't very talkative, but he was playful and present. The security was still very tight, and signs were posted informing fans that anyone attempting to get on the stage would be ejected from the show. This didn't stop people from trying and successfully make it there, but it might also explain the rather quiet attitude of the Boston crowd. "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" returned to the setlist, replacing the less appreciated "Dagenham Dave".

After coming on stage, Morrissey picked up the microphone and shouted "Off your knees, Boston!" before going into set opener "Maladjusted". In "The Boy Racer", Morrissey usually sang the more family-friendly line "and I'm gonna tell him" instead of "and I'm gonna kill him", but here in Boston he sang "and I'm gonna shshh-shh shh-shhh". After "Ambitious Outsiders", he introduced the next number: "Thank you very graciously... this song is called 'Nobody Loves Us'." In "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", where he usually sang "take the easy way and give in", he instead roared "GIVE IN! GIVE IN! GIVE IN!" in a rather aggressive manner.

Morrissey looked disappointed from the crowd's lack of enthusiam and gestured to come forward during the latter song, while humming the words. After that he tried otherwise to get a reaction from the fans, by teasing them: "I must warn you about something: if you come onto the stage... you have me to deal with...". This encouraged a few of them to try their luck. Despite being held back by security, some managed to get on stage with Morrissey's help during "Paint A Vulgar Picture". The latter number was loudly cheered by the audience, which might have motivated Morrissey to chat with his audience: "Is it nice to live in Boston? (crowd cheers) Is it very nice? (more cheers)".

During "Roy's Keen" another fan tried his luck at getting on stage, but was held back by several security guards. Morrissey went over and made a great effort to pull him up and was successful, but was meanwhile unable to sing some of his lines. This must have been the right kind of encouragement because after that about 5 other fans made it up to touch their idol. The encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" began with another brief stage rush which kept Morrissey away from his microphone, but security was quick and cleared the place after one missed verse. Morrissey was then able to finish the song.


Two different audience recordings of the concert are available for this date. One sounds reasonably good and features the full set. The other sounds rather poor and only features "Maladjusted" and the last 8 songs of the set, making the choice very easy.


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