5 October 2004|
Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA
First Of The Gang To DieOn this second of two consecutive dates in Boston the audience was barely more energetic than they had been the night before. However Morrissey gave a great performance, he shook many hands in the front rows, and was in excellent spirits until about halfway into the show when he was laughed at because of something that happened to him (read further). Despite being quieter in Boston, the audience was still receptive, and about five fans were successful in their attempts to crash the stage. Morrissey's musicians were once again dressed in kilts, as they had been on and off earlier on this tour. Morrissey went through at least four shirts. Most of them were thrown into the audience after having been worn and used to wipe the man's sweat off his body.
Because Morrissey often played the same city two nights in a row on this stretch of the You Are The Quarry tour, this was a good period for setlist changes. The fans who were following the tour were not treated to the same set twice in a row. On this second date in Boston "Rubber Ring", "Shakespeare's Sister", "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "I'm Not Sorry" returned to the setlist. The latter three were all being played for the first time on this American leg. They replaced "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get". The rarer b-side "The Never Played Symphonies" was planned as a possible alternative to "Rubber Ring" but Morrissey went for the latter.
Morrissey started the show by greeting his audience "Hello, Bostonians!" At some point he handed his microphone to front row regular Julia to discuss with her the fact that Oscar Wilde had already been on the same stage before him. As he often did on this portion of the tour he had a few political discussions with fans in the front rows or the audience in general. On this date he particularly had a few negative comments to make about Donald Rumsfeld. When a fan in the front row asked for "Come Back To Camden", Morrissey pretended to not understand her request and asked her "Why, what's in Camden?". She replied "No, play 'Come Back To Camden'." Morrissey asked her why and she answered "because it's my favourite song", which prompted Morrissey to retort "Right, because we're all here for you..."
Halway into the show Morrissey told the audience that he had gotten into a car accident on Walnut Street in Philadelphia while his bassist Gary Day also got into a car accident at about the same time. Someone or some people in the audience laughed at Morrissey and the man didn't seem particularly hurt or angry about it, but he more or less stopped addressing the audience after that. Later in the show he tried to explain himself by saying "I was trying to tell you about how I was almost killed and you laughed at me..." The audience reacted as if to say "No we do care" but he still remained quiet for the rest of the show. His only significant banter after this was at the very end when he very solemnly said "Sometimes goodbye means farewell", again hinting that he might never be back.
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