7 July 2007|
Boston (MA), Bank Of American Pavilion
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I WantThis concert was set up at the last minute to make up for the recent 26 June gig which had been aborted after only seven songs. Following the latter cancellation Morrissey had cancelled or postponed three other dates, played one, then cancelled/postponed three more. So this was Morrissey's definitive return after his illness. The concert went without any problem, Morrissey appeared to be overall much better. He did seem to stuggle slightly with his voice at the beginning, then picked up steam and only near the end did he show just a few more signs of fatigue. Fortunately for the audience he didn't seem distracted by it, and didn't complain. He was however slightly less talkative than usual. The audience was quite receptive at the front, but more subdued at the back. There were no stage climbers.
The setlist was significantly scrambled and the few songs Morrissey had done on 26 June were moved down the setlist so it didn't look like he was repeating the same set. A few numbers were dropped, such as "The Queen Is Dead", "Ganglord" and "I Will See You In Far Off Places", while "In The Future When All's Well", "Whatever Happens, I Love You", "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "At Last I Am Born" and "Life Is A Pigsty" returned.
Exceptionally, when he came on stage Morrissey did not greet the audience and went straight into set opener "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". The latter number sequed straight into "How Soon Is Now?" the way "Life Is A Pigsty" had done earlier in the tour. Besides the usual live lyrics changes in "How Soon Is Now?" Morrissey also changed a line to "...and you leave on your own and you cry and you want to die... what else?". In "First Of The Gang To Die" he changed a line to "And he stole from the rich, (pointing at audience) which is you, and the poor, (pointing at himself) which is me, and the very poor..."
Not until three or four songs into the set did Morrissey finally address the crowd for the first time of the evening: he thanked the audience, and added "...and to that small minority who got refunds, pffffft!" He joked about his recent health problems by saying "The new iron lung is working well, thank you for your concern..." He also jokingly slightly changed a line into "In The Future When All's Well" to "armed with wealth and the very best of health". Following "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he introduced his musicians: "Well, the very (?) of our engineering system is Boz Boorer... and where would we be without Solomon Walker... and where would we be without Matt Walker... and where have we been with Jesse Tobias... and of course Michael Farrell... and I, I am a window that nobody ever opens..."
Morrissey changed the first line in "Let Me Kiss You" to "There's a place in the sun, if only I had the nerve to chase one..." At the recent aborted Boston show he had walked off stage after the latter number, never to return. So on this date, after the same routine of removing his shirt, throwing it into the audience, and going backstage to change into a fresh one, he did come back, and he did so before the song was over, as if to reassure the fans that there would not be a repeat of the previous week's events. He then teasingly told the audience "See, I left and then I came back... absolutely amazing isn't it?", which made the crowd laugh and applaud. Around this point of the show Morrissey also said something about the Americans not needing a president.
Following "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" Morrissey asked his favourite fan "Julia, how are you, in your home city?" and handed her the microphone so she could answer. He then accepted a few cards and gifts from nearby fans, saying "For me? For me, no?" He then returned to Julia and told her "Well Julia, I nearly find that one day bleeds into another day... do you find that? Quite remarkable... I don't know where I'll be tomorrow... or even later tonight... I can guess!" Because he was in an area with many seafood restaurants, after "At Last I Am Born" he discussed lobsters and said "they're not seafood, they are sealife, they have children too... please, don't eat the lobsters (fakes sobbing)..."
Morrissey made the usual lyric changes in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", but also reversed the "Ronnie Kray" and "Reggie Kray" lines. Near the end of the song he accepted a bouquet of flowers from someone and carried it around with him until the song was over. He also took someone's fanmade hanky ("for me?"), looked at it, wiped his forehead and face with it and then handed it back to the person who had made it. Now that the custom pairing of "Life Is A Pigsty" and "How Soon Is Now?" was split up (as mentioned above), the former segued into the usual traditional air "Auld Lang Syne", then into "The National Front Disco".
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encore his last words were "Thank you, you've been very gracious... and I'm just gonna stand here and stay here until somebody brings me some soup..." Then over the opening bars of "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" he added "sorry Julia, that's not funny... (shouting) Somebody do something! Quick!"
Thanks to Jeniphir Taylor-McIntire for some of the concert information above.
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