18 November 1997
Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD

Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Billy Budd
Spring-Heeled Jim
Paint A Vulgar Picture
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
Reader Meet Author
The Boy Racer
Hold On To Your Friends
Alma Matters
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
Satan Rejected My Soul
/Shoplifters Of The World Unite
This concert went down well, Morrissey and his band were in great form. The crowd was very energetic and a few fans managed to reach their idol towards the end despite the high barrier and gap between it and the stage.

The song list was scrambled again and "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" was added. "Ambitious Outsiders" was on the setlist before "Hold On To Your Friends" but was skipped after an aborted try, which made the number of songs from the most recent album "Maladjusted" back down to only two, while three Smiths songs were played.

The venue was very unusual and looked more like a reception room for weddings (or bar mitzvahs) than a concert hall so when Morrissey came on stage after the usual intermission music, he greeted the crowd with "Welcome to the bar mitzvah!". After the first song he continued along the same vein by saying "By the way this is my living room so... please watch the decorations". In the following number "Billy Budd", he changed one of the first lines to "So you think that you could?" After "Paint A Vulgar Picture", he made another sarcastic comment about the venue: "It's a beautiful venue don't you think?... It reminds me of the Royal Albert Hall in London...".

After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself", Morrissey answered someone who requested "Roy's Keen" with "Did you say 'Where's your jeans?' Did you say that? No you didn't say that?... Never mind...". He introduced "Ambitious Outsiders" with the words "I was absolutely delighted when Janet Jackson supplied the lyrics for this next song". Unfortunately the band missed the start of the song and stopped after a few notes. Morrissey exclaimed "Spontaneity, you just can't beat it!" and then asked "Should we bother? Should we do something else? (crowd: 'no!') Alright let's do something else... let's do something else... let's do something else...". The band then went into the next planned song, "Hold On Yo Your Friends". The latter number was well received, but not enough for Morrissey who said "You don't have to clap if you don't want to... and you don't".

In "Alma Matters" Morrissey changed a line to "So, the life I have made it may seem shit to you." During "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", he stopped singing at some point to help someone climb on stage or perhaps simply to make hand contact. After a few missed lines he sang "I am now a distant part... nanna nanana... stretch! stretch! stretch!". After that he was quite playful with the rest of the song. He roared lines and sang "I bear more grudges than senile English judges" and "take the difficult way and give in". After that he told someone "It's great to see you" and dedicated "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" with the words "this is for Jim".

After the latter song Morrissey asked someone "Did you hear what he just said? What did he say? No he didn't say 'Ouija Board'..." In the following number "Satan Rejected My Soul", Morrissey changed some lines to "He's seen this face around" and "You'll never see all the crap in life it's cost me". At the end of the song where he usually sang "pull me in" and "haul me in", he also added "take me in" and "shove me in". Coming back after a short break for the encore, Morrissey announced "One more song and then I have to go back to the clinic...". He was kept away from the microphone during parts of the song by fans who had successfully managed to get on stage.


A quite good audience recording of the full concert is circulated on bootlegs and on the internet, often under the title "Welcome To The Bar Mitzvah" (recorder: Patrick).


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