2 November 2007|
Washington (DC), DAR Constitution Hall
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThis show was very appreciated by people who attended. Despite the venue being only about 2/3 full, Morrissey and the band were in great spirits and full of energy. It was obvious that Morrissey was enjoying himself. The crowd was rather quiet but it must be said that the seated nature of the venue and the controlling security surely didn't help. The fans were still receptive and appreciative, and after being taunted by Morrissey near the end of the concert, they flooded the stage like rarely before on this tour. Morrissey's musicians sported fake black eyes or broken noses.
For the benefit of the many fans who attended both Baltimore and Washington, many changes were made to the setlist. "Interesting Drug", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "Good Looking Man About Town", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Dear God Please Help Me" returned while the following songs were temporarily dropped: "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "All You Need Is Me", "London", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite".
At some point into the show Morrissey referred to Washington as "Scotchington". Being in the American capital he couldn't help making a few political comments. He mentioned that the coming year was an important one, there would be elections and it was important that the people got rid of George W Bush. He introduced his musicians one third into the show as he usually did. On this day he introduced them as "Thugs'R'Us" and said of Michael Farrell "...and this is my father!".
Morrissey also had his traditional chats with fans in the front rows. When handed the microphone one fan said "I'm in heaven!" and Morrissey quickly replied with the question "How do you know this isn't hell?" Later on he asked another fan "Do you want to continue on from last night?" She said she wanted to give him something because "some of us are turning nasty", and handed him an antibacterial hand-cleansing wipe (because she was concerned about him shaking all those hands). Morrissey replied, "You have a valid point because some of you feel pulpy..." The fan wasn't sure she heard right so Morrissey kindly added, "Pulpy! You know, moist..."
After "Death Of A Disco Dancer" Morrissey thanked the audience and asked "Can you bear more?... How many? Two? Three?" After the line "Let me have who I want this time" in "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", the crowd started cheering and he simply moaned "no..." He changed a line in "Tomorrow" to "All I ask of you is one little measly thing that you'll never do..." As the end of the show was drawing near he teased the audience into action by commenting on the "paltry" stage invasions "thus far". Over the opening notes of "Dear God Please Help Me" the crowd started cheering and Morrissey quizzically asked "What?" Before the end of the song, but after his vocal part was done, he removed his shirt and threw it into the audience as he often did. However before he had the chance to go backstage to get a fresh shirt, a fan ran to him and gave him a quick hug-and-kiss before escaping. He then took the microphone and said "That's all?" The fan in question made many fans envious because she managed to hug Morrissey while he was barechested.
When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey's final significant words to the audience were "Thank you for a wonderful Friday night..." Then the flooding began. The first fan made it on stage even before the "Los Angeles, you are too hot!" line at the very beginning of encore "First Of The Gang To Die" During the song's first line 3 or 4 more people made it up there. Then so many rushed the stage at the same time that Morrissey was completely surrounded, he cowered and obviously missed many lines. After security managed to clear the stage he was able to sing a few verses. But then again more fans climbed up to their idol. Amazingly, Morrissey didn't run backstage and seemed to be enjoying the action.
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