19 February 2000|
Avalon, Boston, MA
A Swallow On My NeckMany fans feared that this concert would be cancelled just like the one in Pittsburgh two days earlier, but it wasn't. Morrissey was actually in fine form. He did however often comment about the Pittsburgh germs when his voice cracked (read further). Fans in the front rows were very much into the concert. At least a handful of them managed to make it on stage.
"Tomorrow" as well as part timers "Lost" and "Break Up The Family" were reinstated in the setlist, while "Now My Heart Is Full" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" were temporarily dropped.
Morrissey walked on stage to the James Bond theme music and shouted "Hello Beantown!". After set opener "A Swallow On My Neck" he said "I'm one of those people that your parents warned you about and I'm delighted to be here". After "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" he made the first of a few Pittsburgh-related comments: "We got lots of germs from Pittsburgh and we're going to breathe them all over you... Pittsburgh is that kind of place... very generous with germs... I know, I know..."
"Hairdresser On Fire" was followed with the comment "That was a song from an album called 'Bona Drag'... for which I didn't receive a Grammy nomination... and the world looked on in amazement as I didn't receive any prizes... do we care?". In his attempt to climb on stage a fan fell over Morrissey during "Is It Really So Strange?" and paralysed him for a brief moment. When the fan was dragged away Morrissey said "I think he made a point... the world is full of very rough women... and I know them all..."
After "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey felt he had to apologise about his voice: "Sorry about the Pittsburgh croaks but - believe me - sometimes I can sing that song in tune..." Following this Alain mentioned that someone kept throwing sweets on stage and wondered if that someone thought they were perverts. This prompted Morrissey to ask "Are they wrong?". Knowing that the following planned song was "Lost", Alain then teased the audience by saying "or maybe we're just lost..." and Morrissey replied "That doesn't actually mean we're going to sing 'Lost' now... however it just so happens that...".
In the latter title Morrissey adlibbed "It's obvious I'm lost... and Alain is lost... Boz is lost, Gary's lost and Spike is lost". After the song he returned to the subject of his failing voice: "So if anything goes wrong tonight I'm going to blame Pittsburgh... which is not unreasonable... (to someone in particular) I heard you say that! I'm going to get you later!" After "Alma Matters" Morrissey asked fanzine editor Julia Riley in the front rows "Did you survive Pittsburgh?" and introduced her with the words "this is Julia's mom...". He handed her the microphone and she welcomed Morrissey back to Boston. The man then asked the audience to "...please applaud Julia!".
After "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils", Morrissey sarcastically declared "Everything we know we learned from Limp Bizkit... I'm just so glad I'm alternative... that was a joke... How come regardless of what's happening I'm always alternative and when alternative starts happening I'm still alternative?". "Meat Is Murder" was introduced with "This next song is about the difference between battered wives, battered women, battery chicks and battery hens, because there is no difference..." As was tradition on this tour it was also followed with a moral: "So of course, the moral is that the next time your great Aunt Betty waves a sausage at you, Just! Say! No!".
After "I Am Hated For Loving" Morrissey enquired "Just one question from me to you... what exactly does Hillary Clinton do? Does anybody know what she does?" Someone answered, but this didn't satisfy him and he insisted "What does Hillary Clinton do? What does she do? Tell me! Nobody knows?... You didn't hear that..." "I Can Have Both" was introduced with "This next song is full of extremely complicated meaning, and it's called 'I Can Have Both'... even I don't know what it means, and that's how it'll stay..."
"I Can Have Both" was followed with the comment "People say the strangest things..." After "Half A Person" Morrissey joked "Spike, the taxman's here... he's found you..." After "Boxers" he said "I wonder how many people Pavarotti has to pull out of the audience?" Alain then joked that the man took the whole stage, hinting that there wasn't any space left for fans. Morrissey sarcastically followed this with "cue laughter!", Alain added "That was a bit wicked really" and in turn Morrissey declared "I'm extremely evil!".
Lines in main set closer "Tomorrow" were changed to "Will I still be normal?" and "Would you put your spectacles around me". Morrissey came back for the encore in a sequinned New York Dolls shirt which didn't end up in the audience like all other t-shirts did. Before going into "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" he thanked the fans "...for your loyalty, it's extremely appreciated".
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