6 November 1997
American Theater, St. Louis, MO

The Boy Racer
Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Billy Budd
Ambitious Outsiders
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
Paint A Vulgar Picture
Alma Matters
Spring-Heeled Jim
Reader Meet Author
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Hold On To Your Friends
Now My Heart Is Full
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This was another great concert. Morrissey was very energetic, talkative and playful. He took poses and teased the crowd by doing things like removing his belt during "Ambitious Outsiders", before giving it a spin and throwing it to the side of the stage. For the encore, he ripped his shirt off, buttons flying all around, and threw it into the crowd to be fought over by fans. The crowd itself was rather quiet when compared to those from the recent West Coast dates. There was a high barrier holding people a few feet away from the stage and only one person managed to climb over and get on stage.

The setlist was the same as on the two previous dates, so it still featured only two songs from the most recent album "Maladjusted" while seven songs from "Vauxhall & I" were played.

Morrissey came on stage with an unlit cigarette in his mouth which he soon spit out. He said "Hello Sinnn Louis" before going into the opening number, "The Boy Racer" (in which he changed a line to "I'm gonna love him!"). After "Billy Budd" he said "I hope you don't mind British snobs because... that's us..." Then after "Ambitious Outsiders" he asked "Do you like this venue? (crowd: 'yes!' or 'no!') Why?" The fan favourite "Paint A Vulgar Picture" was jokingly introduced with the line "So, as you might know, I used to be the lead singer in Siouxsie And The Banshees and here's one of our old numbers..."

After "Alma Matters" Morrissey asked someone "How did you get from Kansas City? What, you flew? God, it's incredible, absolutely incredible... She flew... You mean in a plane? In a plane?" He mentioned Kansas City again after "Reader Meet Author" when he asked "Has anybody here ever been to Kansas City?" The latter song was actually jokingly introduced with the words "This song was written by Salt'n'Pepa". There were technical problems with the microphone in encore "Shoplifters Of The World Unite". Fortunately the fans all knew the words and they filled in for him.


A good audience recording of the full set is circulated on physical and digital bootlegs. A fan-made edit of "Black Eyed Susan" without its jammy bridge is sometimes found tagged at the end of the digital files found on the internet.


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