5 December 1997
Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland

Do Your Best And Don't Worry
The Boy Racer
Billy Budd
Reader Meet Author
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Alma Matters
Now My Heart Is Full
Roy's Keen
Satan Rejected My Soul
Spring-Heeled Jim
Paint A Vulgar Picture
The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This concert went down well, but was rather uneventful. The crowd was very receptive. Morrissey seemed to be in good spirits although not very talkative. Security was very tight and no one made it on stage. The venue was quite big and not packed at full capacity.

The opener "Do Your Best And Don't Worry" as well as "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" and "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" returned to the set, replacing "Paint A Vulgar Picture" and the lesser known "Sunny" and "Nobody Loves Us". "Hold On To Your Friends" was listed after "Now My Heart Is Full", but wasn't performed.

As Morrissey entered stage he greeted the audience (undecipherable?) before going into the returning standard set opener "Do Your Best And Don't Worry". After this, besides the occasional thanks, he didn't say much. Before "Billy Budd" he said "I hope you like our Christmas carols". After the song he acknowledged the audience's reception with "Oh how nice..." before introducing "Reader Meet Author". In "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" he changed a line to "whether you like it or not".


A rather poor audience recording of the full set (taper: Matti) is circulated on bootlegs and on the internet, sometimes under the title "Helsinki 1997".


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