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After touring mainland Europe and America and taking a one-week break, Morrissey crossed the Atlantic again for some British dates promoting his latest album "Kill Uncle" as well as newest non-album single "Pregnant For The Last Time".
The older tradition of littering the stage with flowers and the newer one of throwing cigarettes during "Our Frank" held strong throughout this leg of the Kill Uncle tour. Also, Morrissey re-entered stage for the encore with a signed tambourine which he would play with, then throw into the audience.
The personnel was Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars), Gary Day (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums).
The set was built around a 16-track backbone of "Mute Witness", "Sing Your Life", "King Leer", "Asian Rut" and "Our Frank" from the most recent album "Kill Uncle", earlier singles "Interesting Drug", "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "November Spawned A Monster", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Piccadilly Palare" and "Suedehead", newest single "Pregnant For The Last Time" and album/single tracks "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", "Yes I Am Blind", "That's Entertainment" and "Disappointed" as the closer.
"There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends" was performed on all nights except once, in Blackburn, when it was replaced by "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty". "Will Never Marry" was played on the very first date then dropped in favour of "Cosmic Dancer" which returned as a pair with closer "Disappointed" for a few nights. "Trash" was played until midway into the leg when it, along with "Cosmic Dancer", was replaced by "Alsatian Cousin" and "The Loop".
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 7 concerts.
Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together - 7
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"Piccadilly Palare" was systematically ended in a short jam which segued iinto Morrissey's cover of the New York Dolls "Trash", until the latter was dropped. At the end of "That's Entertainment", the band broke into a frantic drum and guitar frenzy not in the studio version. In "Pregnant For The Last Time", the line "If ever we had the nerve to" was changed to "If ever we had the chance to", or else the two lines were reversed, and "And people being nice for the very first time" was changed to "...the very last time". The song was often introduced sarcastically by Morrissey with remarks about his lack of chart success. In "Disappointed", Morrissey usually changed the line "Young girl one day you will be old" to "Young girl one day I really will be old" and finished that song by repeating "yes! yes! yes! yes!" instead of singing "No I've changed my mind again".
"Yes I Am Blind" was a much more minimal affair than the studio version. Morrissey didn't sing the two occurrences of "God come down if you're really there, well you're the one who claims to care". Instead the song stopped and restarted. On the first occurrence of this he sometimes started "there must be something horribly wrong..." and held back finishing "...with me?", teasing the audience into singing along. He sang "Little lamb on a hill, run fast if you will" to make it rhyme with the previous line.
Jam cover "That's Entertainment" was often preceded by the start of an introduction like "this song was written by...", but Morrissey never once said who the original artist was.
Out of the six other dates, the most interesting option would have to be the manufactured bootleg cd titled "London 1991", featuring a recording of London's Wembley Arena concert. The full show was recorded and the bootleg is reasonably easy to find. The sound quality is almost as good as soundboard, but the crowd noise hints at this being an audience recording. There are other bootlegs of the same show out there, but they are less interesting than this one. Full information in concert details.
Collectors interested in hearing more will want to keep an eye out for fair/reasonable audience recordings of London's Brixton Academy, Brighton, Liverpool and Doncaster. Only completists will be interested in an alternate recording of Liverpool and the only circulated recording of the Glasgow show because they sound quite poor.
Everything mentioned above is available in digital format on the internet. However, only the first twelve songs of the Glasgow recording can be found on the internet at this point in time.