23 August 1986|
Greek Theatre, Berkeley (San Francisco), CA
Still IllThe Smiths had a huge fanbase in California and this was a great, wild concert. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" returned to the set after a one gig hiatus, and "Shakespeare's Sister" was added to the setlist again after being absent for most of this leg of the tour. The song seemed to have gone through a few minor changes musically.
As the band came on stage Morrissey greeted the crowd with a loud "Hello!". He wasn't very talkative throughout this show. Besides introducing "Panic" and "Stretch Out And Wait", his only banter consisted of the lines "I suppose I should say something, really... No? okay" after "Cemetry Gates" and "Old habits..." before "Hand In Glove".
"Oscillate Wildly" was soundchecked before this show (amongst other songs) even though it was not played on this tour (or ever). "William, It Was Really Nothing" was also heard at soundcheck. It was currently off the setlist but would return before the end of this leg.
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