24 October 1997|
Hiland Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
The Boy RacerThis concert was a very good one despite not being sold out. Morrissey was in good spirits and rather talkative. Being the tease he was on the Maladjusted tour, he had a band-aid on one of his nipples. No one made it on stage because of very strict security. The setlist was the same as on the previous night in Tucson.
Morrissey greeted the crowd with "Albuquerque!". After "Alma Matters", he teased the local fans by enquiring "And I'm curious to ask one question, erm... what happens here?" After the following song, "Billy Budd", he made this snide comment "Does anybody here like Whitney Houston... (crowd:'No!') Thank Christ!". Someone in the audience kept shouting at Morrissey that he looked good so after "Hold On To Your Friends" he asked that person to repeat "Say that louder... I still didn't hear you... I still can't hear you... Still...".
At the end of "Satan Rejected My Soul", where he usually sang "pull me in, haul me in", Morrissey took liberties and sang "strike me in, strap me in" and other similar variants. He must not have been satisfied with the audience's response to the latter number, because after performing it he asked them "Do you actually know these songs?". After "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", he asked "Bored?" then, to something shouted from the audience, he replied "Yes, sorry about that...". In "Dagenham Dave" he changed a line to "Everybody loves him, I can't think why".
During the performance of "Paint A Vulgar Picture", Morrissey picked up a sign from a fan that said "I beg, please take me with you" and waved it about. "Speeway" was then introduced with the line "And one more before bed-time...". Coming back for the encore, Morrissey announced "Just in case you have any doubts, you're all 100% pure sex, and it was very nice to meet you..." which got a loud reaction from the audience.
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