8 August 1986|
Smith Center, George Washington U., Washington, DC
There Is A Light That Never Goes OutMorrissey and the band were in great form, particularly Johnny. At some point he took one of Mike's drumsticks and strummed his guitar with it before throwing it into the crowd. People could get next to the stage, but security was very tight. Only one girl managed to make it up there. It was very hot in the venue (a gymnasium) and at some point Morrissey teased the fans in the front rows with a glass of water he had next to him on stage.
The Smiths once again significantly scrambled the setlist. "Shakespeare's Sister" and "Vicar In A Tutu" returned and "Meat Is Murder" was played for the first time on this leg of the tour. To make space for these, "Is It Really So Strange?", "Money Changes Everything", "Hand In Glove" and "I Know It's Over" were dropped. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" replaced "How Soon Is Now?" as set opener. The latter returned to the encore position.
"Panic", which was unreleased in the USA at that point in time, was introduced by Morrissey with "This is a new song... 'Panic'." After the song he said something undecipherable. Before "Cemetry Gates" the man started "I hope you all... shhh!... never mind..." and never finished what he meant to say. In "What She Said" he changed a line to "How come somebody hasn't noticed that I'm dead". "The Queen Is Dead" was introduced with "And now another little ... What? Another little bedtime message... some... - What?... something to sleep on?..." During the second encore of "Bigmouth Strikes Again", as he bent forward to shake hands, Morrissey was half pulled into the audience. The security guards managed to free him from the fans and he exited the stage, leaving the rest of the band to finish the song.
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