6 November 1997|
American Theater, St. Louis, MO
The Boy RacerThis 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.
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.
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