26 October 1986|
The Queen Is DeadThis concert was positively reviewed by the press. The band and the audience were very enthusiastic and the atmosphere was at its best. No fan made it on stage. There was no change in the setlist.
As he entered stage, Morrissey greeted the crowd "Good evening!" After "Vicar In A Tutu", he thanked the cheering audience "...very very much" and then shouted "NO!" right before going into "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". After "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Mike teased the fans with the opening notes of "Reel Around The Fountain". But the next song on the setlist was "Ask" and it was announced by Morrissey with "This is our new single, 'Ask'!" For some reason, on this date, "Rusholme Ruffians" wasn't performed as a medley with the cover of Elvis' "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame".
A few songs down the setlist, Morrissey had to introduce another new and then unreleased composition: "This is a new song, 'Is It Really So Strange?'." After "Cemetry Gates", Morrissey said "Thank you you're extremely decent." During the second half of "I Know It's Over", Morrissey very gradually removed his shirt. At the end of the song he sent it flying into the audience. The "Hand The DJ" fanmade t-shirt Morrissey wore for the second encore was also sent into the audience at the end of "Bigmouth Strikes Again".
There are three audio recordings available for this date. The least interesting is the original audio ripped from the DVD. This is mostly found on the internet. The sound quality is average. The other two are different transfers from the same audio recording (recorder: David Jones). In one case the encore is missing, but the sound quality is excellent. In the other case the full concert is featured, but the sound is slightly inferior. It is more muffled and unbalanced towards the left channel. The full concert master must be out there, but not really circulated much at this point in time. It is expected that its quality must be that of the excellent transfer mentioned above.
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