4 October 1997
La Luna, Portland, OR

The Boy Racer
Alma Matters
Billy Budd
Reader Meet Author
Wide to Receive
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Roy's Keen
Now My Heart Is Full
Paint A Vulgar Picture
The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This was an excellent concert. Morrissey gave a very passionate performance and was overall much more talkative than he had been earlier on this tour. He was very playful and often teased his fans who were very vocal in their appreciation. At some point into the concert someone waved a concert poster with "Morrissey 1 - Joyce NEVER" written on the back, an obvious reference to the Cleveland incident. When he saw it Morrissey gave a sign of appreciation. Later he took it and held it in front of his face, making it look like the image on the poster was singing. Near the end of the concert he threw the shirt he had been wearing into the audience. He had done the same earlier with a tambourine. Security was not very tight.

There wasn't much change in the setlist. The less appreciated "Ambitious Outsiders" was dropped for the first time on this tour. From now on it would only be played on and off. On this date it was replaced by part-timer "Sunny".

Morrissey only introduced himself after "The Boy Racer", and he did it by saying "It's nice to see you again (crowd cheers)... My name is Marilyn Manson (crowd laughs)... That wasn't funny... this is...", the latter words serving as an introduction to "Alma Matters". After "Billy Budd", he asked the crowd "Are you comfortable?". Besides the usual lyric changes in "Reader Meet Author" he also sang "No one ever hears me when I cry". After the song he chatted again with his audience: "Has anybody interesting been here lately?... Thank you... Has anybody from England been here lately? (fans shout names) Who? (more names) Sorry, who?... So nobody from England has played here recently? (fans shout names again) Who? Who? Oh Catherine Wheel..."

"Sunny" was introduced by Morrissey with the words "This next song was released as a single in England but... it wasn't... (turning towards a fan who kept screaming) Do you mind? (returning to the subject) It wasn't considered good enough for the American market so, of course, they were right. It's called 'Sunny'." After that song's performance the singer asked "Do you have any requests?", which prompted the fans to shout their favourite titles. None of them seemed to please Morrissey who never took requests anyways, so he replied "Not very interesting..." After "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" he self-depreciatingly teased the crowd by saying "I suppose you're bored shitless, really? (crowd: NO!) Oh, you're are. (crowd: NO!) Oh you are!" After "Speedway" he teased the fans again, this time by saying "My trousers are completely wet!... So friends..."


A fair sounding audience recording of the full set is circulated on physical bootlegs and in digital format on the internet (recorder: CK).


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