12 September 1992|
Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN
You're Gonna Need Someone On Your SideThis was the first of many wild shows promoting "Your Arsenal" in America. Like other dates to come, this one saw a good deal of stage climbing, and even stage diving. Morrissey was often kept away from his microphone by fans hugging him, so many parts of songs ended up instrumental. The gig ended prematurely partway during "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" because Morrissey was buried under too many fans. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" was next on the setlist but it was not played.
The setlist was similar to what it was on the previous leg. Newest album "Your Arsenal" was represented by nine of its ten songs. "Tomorrow" and "He Knows I'd Love To See Him" were performed for the first time in front of a live audience. They had been planned on one or two earlier dates, but skipped. As on the earlier European dates of this tour, "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" segued into a cover of Suede's "My Insatiable One". However the latter number was unreleased in the USA and familiar only to the very few fans who had bought Suede's debut single.
After "Certain People I Know" Morrissey tried to say something but couldn't. Then after "Sister I'm A Poet" he finally managed to ask the crowd "What I was gonna say was... I just wondered whether you could buy the NME here, can you? Yes? Yes? you can buy it here?... How very sad for you...". The NME was of course at the time constantly accusing Morrissey of being racist, using the events of the recent 8 August concert at Finsbury Park as evidence.
Later, after "November Spawned A Monster", Morrissey said "So this is just a bit messy... did you notice? Yes..." Before "He Knows I'd Love To See Him", he asked a fan in the audience if they "...traveled all the way from New York". As mentioned earlier the concert ended halfway into first encore "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" when the stage was flooded by fans.
An alternate recording also circulated on the internet features the full concert, but its sound quality is even worse.
A 8-track soundcheck from this date is also available from tape traders. It features "My Insatiable One", "Glamorous Glue", "Tomorrow", "Certain People I Know", "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", "Suedehead", "You're The One For Me, Fatty" and "Certain People I Know". This has not surfaced on the internet yet.
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