17 September 1997|
Central Park Summer Stage, New York, NY
MaladjustedThis outdoors show was quite different to the earlier ones on this tour. It was very hot, and soon everyone was drenched in sweat. There was a good deal of pushing and shoving in the crowd, which ruined many fans' concert experience. It was impossible to make it on stage and signs were posted here and there warning people that they would be ejected if they even tried getting there. Morrissey came out as very rough and macho and seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself.
"Dagenham Dave" was replaced by "Nobody Loves Us" and "Sunny" was dropped, which shortened the length of the setlist by one song.
A new tradition on this tour was Morrissey throwing food into the audience as he entered stage. On this date he came out eating a bagel which he threw into the crowd along with another one he had in his hands. He then shouted "Aaaah shucks!", perhaps because of the flowers littering the stage. At some point later on he could be seen kicking them back into the audience. The action and pushing in the crowd started with the fast-paced "The Boy Racer". After "Billy Budd" Morrissey said, in a quirky voice, "Thank you New York!".
Beside the usual changes in "Nobody Loves Us", Morrissey mistakenly sang "call us home, kiss our cheeks" instead of "all in all: imagine this". After the song he enquired "Are you bearing up? No? Not Really? You don't know... Haven't decided? You don't know, not really..." After "Wide To Receive", he answered someone with a shout of "God bless you!". Then after "Reader Meet Author", aware of how difficult it was for the fans at the front, he asked them "Can you take some more? (cheers) Well, you don't have to..."
In "Paint A Vulgar Picture" Morrissey sang "in my heart I begged please, take me with you" as it had been originally written but not recorded. Before main set closer "Speedway" he announced "It's time for bed, so this is our last song..." which was obviously followed by a good amount of booing. Before encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" he had parting words for the audience: "Thanks for staying around, we're very grateful, thank you!"
"Trouble Loves Me" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" were heard at soundcheck earlier in the day. Unlike other songs soundchecked, the latter two had not been played on the tour so far. "Trouble Loves Me" would be added to the setlist six weeks down the road but "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" would not be played at all on this tour.
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