6 October 1997|
Phoenix Theater, Petaluma, CA
MaladjustedThe Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, with its capacity of 800, was the smallest venue of the tour. It wasn't even sold-out but the show was still a great one. Morrissey was in a good mood and quite talkative. Security was relaxed but still no one climbed on stage.
Morrissey welcomed his audience by growling "Pppetaluuuma!" before going into set opener "Maladjusted". After "The Boy Racer", he asked the audience "So I assume that none of you actually live here? Is that true? Does anybody here live in Petaluma?" When he saw some hands being raised, he sarcastically replied "Oh really! I apologise..." After "Billy Budd" he joked "You may be small, but you're perfectly formed... like me!" After "Reader Meet Author", he had another poke at the size of the place: "So, what happens around here?" (crowd: 'nothing!') "Really? That much?". He messed up a bit during "Wide To Receive" and it made him laugh.
After "Sunny", in answer to someone who shouted "I love you Morrissey", the man replied "It's mutual... it's mutual...". After "Roy's Keen", he answered to more compliments with "It's very nice of you...". Before "Paint A Vulgar Picture" Morrissey enquired "Is anybody here from Belgium?". He didn't get any positive answer, so he added "... I didn't think so". The question sounded odd, but he probably wanted to know if his lyric change to "please depressing Belgians" in "Paint A Vulgar Picture" would affect anyone. When he returned after a short break to perform the encore, Morrissey announced "So before you go to bed, a final thought..." before the start of "Shoplifters Of The World Unite".
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