29 August 1986
Open Air Theater, San Diego, CA
I Want The One I Can't Have
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
How Soon Is Now?
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
Still Ill
Stretch Out And Wait
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Is It Really So Strange?
Cemetry Gates
Never Had No One Ever
What She Said (with Rubber Ring intro and outro)
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Meat Is Murder
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
The Queen Is Dead
The setlist given above corresponds to the typical main set of this leg of the "The Queen Is Dead" tour. It looks like it may be incomplete, unless the Smiths decided not to play an encore.

As on earlier visits to Southern California, the band was very well received. After "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Morrissey apologised by saying "Sorry we were late, but we missed the boat..." B-side "Stretch Out And Wait" was not released in the USA at that point in time, so most of the audience was unfamiliar with it. It therefore received a lukewarm response, which prompted Morrissey to ask "You didn't really like that one, did you?" Before going into "Cemetry Gates" he enquiringly asked "Any criticisms?" "The Queen Is Dead" was introduced with the line "Just a little social commentary... before we go..."


A rather poor audience recording of the set given above is circulated on physical and digital bootlegs.

Live footage from this concert was shown in a newsclip on MTV's Rock'n'Roll News shortly after this gig took place. This can be found on DVD bootlegs of television material.


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