17 June 1985
Beacon Theater, New York, USA
William, It Was Really Nothing
Nowhere Fast
I Want The One I Can't Have
What She Said
How Soon Is Now?
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Stretch Out And Wait
Shakespeare's Sister
Rusholme Ruffians
The Headmaster Ritual
Hand In Glove
Still Ill
Meat Is Murder
/Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
/This Charming Man
//Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
//Miserable Lie
///Barbarism Begins At Home
The setlist in New York remained the same as in Boston a few days earlier. The fans were again treated to a third encore of the recently reintroduced "Jeane" and "Barbarism Begins At Home". The Smiths were very well received, Morrissey would even comment on this audience's enthusiasm the following night. He wasn't the most talkative throughout the evening, but thanked the crowd very often.

After "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", Morrissey actually acknowledged his silence, saying "Thank you... you realise (clears throat) excuse me... you realise, that we're very shy people... and... we don't like to say too much... except erm, 'Stretch Out And Wait'..." Following "Shakespeare's Sister" he said "Thank you, you're very sociable, thank you..." His only other major banter of the evening preceded main set closer "Meat Is Murder": "This song is for all you people who frequent that happy family abattoir, McDonalds..."

On returning to the stage for the second encore, surprised by the loud cheers, Morrissey started "What can we say?... except err..." Everything had been kept under reasonable control until this point but then, sensing the end was near, fans started getting on stage, often interrupting Morrissey's singing. In both verses of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" Morrissey missed some lines because of the mayhem around him. The same happened during "Miserable Lie". After that song the band left stage again and were soon cheered back for a third encore. The concert finally ended with the epic "Barbarism Begins At Home" during which Morrissey once or twice again had to fight his way back to his microphone.


A reasonably good audience recording of the complete concert including intro music is available on physical and digitals format. There are actually two different transfers of this recording in circulation. Both are of similar quality.

Live versions of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "Jeane" and "Barbarism Begins At Home" are also found tagged at the end of the "Kiss The Girls" bootleg cd with main feature a Glasgow concert from 25 September 1985. The recording in this case is a different audience one, but of comparable quality.


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