11 June 1985|
Warner Theater, Washington, USA
William, It Was Really NothingThis was a very good concert. The band members were in good spirits, Morrissey was quite energetic, and as the show progressed, relatively talkative for the time and place. The setlist was extended with the addition of "You've Got Everything Now" at an exceptional third encore.
Morrissey's first between-song intervention besides hello's and thank you's was the line "you're such a wonderful grab" after "Handsome Devil". The b-side "Stretch Out And Wait", still unreleased in the USA, was "...dedicated to a friend, an american friend... you know who you are and we love you... thank you!" Morrissey was probably kept away from his microphone by a fan at some point during that song because he missed the "Will the world end in the day time/night time" lines.
Before "Shakespeare's Sister", someone handed Morrissey a book and he said "Another book stolen from the library... never mind... it's the best way..." After the song he teased the crowd "Thank you you've been very kind... considering..." Before "Still Ill" he chatted with a few people in the audience. After the song he answered someone's request with a quick "No!" before the band went into the dramatic "Meat Is Murder". This was the final song of the main set and after its performance the band left stage.
Morrissey dedicated the first encore with the words: "A little dedication, little dedication... to sexy security staff, 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'." There must have been fans on stage at some point into that song because Morrissey distractedly sang something that sounded like "You've been in the hand too long she said". His singing was also interrupted a few times, he missed the whole ending and the band finished the song as an instrumental. The Smiths then wrapped up that encore with a fast version of "This Charming Man". As on earlier dates of this leg of the tour the song was played in one urgent flow, without the breaks in rhythm that fans have become accustomed to. At the end of "Miserable Lie" Morrissey exclaimed "We love you goodbye!" and everyone left stage again. The Smiths returned for a third encore, possibly the only performance on this tour of "You've Got Everything Now".
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