10 July 2007|
Knoxville (TN), Tennessee Theatre
The Queen Is DeadThis was a great concert. Morrissey was in excellent mood and his voice was perfect, he appeared to be over his recent illness. He was overall quite energetic and very talkative. The audience was receptive and a few fans managed to make it on stage.
The setlist was slightly resequenced and "I Will See You In Far Off Places" was added again. "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" was planned before "Life Is A Pigsty" but Morrissey decided at the last minute to skip it.
When Morrissey came on stage to an enthusiastic and noisy crowd he sauntered around and asked "You were expecting someone else?". After getting even more cheers he then said "I was dancing with my baby to the Tennessee waltz..." Later in the show he told the loud crowd "So much drama for a Tuesday night!" He made the usual live change in "Irish Blood, English Heart" to "I've been dreaming of a time when Americans are sick to death of Republicans...", but unexpectedly, at the end of the song he said "But please, for God's sake, don't vote for Hillary!" After "That's How People Grow Up" he said something like "So you see, when you're a singer and you sing songs, the songs you sing tell the story of your whole life... that's how it's been for me... and that's why so many of the songs you hear today are incredibly boring..."
Over the length of the show Morrissey accepted many gifts from fans. To someone who gave him a necklace he said "You drove all the way from Kentucky for this?!" Someone else gave him a Tennessee drivers license and he asked "Whats this for?" He handed the microphone to the fan who answered "So you can drive in Tennessee." To this Morrissey retorted "Where am I going to drive to?", before noticing that it was a fake license with Elvis on it. He then said "The likeness is uncanny!" before putting the license in his pocket.
Another fan handed him a book, a cd and other stuff tied together with yarn. Morrissey said "For me? What is it?" as he took the bundle. He then asked "Is it your cd?". It was actually a book of her photography and the fan got impatient and asked him to look at it. He looked at it, but she got even more impatient and repeated again to look at it, to which he retorted "I am looking!" She appeared to be uncomfortable to have to talk into the microphone and told him "You'd better take this from me...", which he did, then said to the rest of the audience "I've been threatened in Knoxville!"
Morrissey also chit-chatted with many other fans. He discussed something with someone in the front row and told her "That's really scary..." which seemed to upset her. He acknowledged someone else's New York Dolls sign after reading it with some difficulty. After doing this for a while he asked "Anyone else?!"
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