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After a break of one month, Morrissey and his band traveled to Japan, New Zealand and Australia. This was a first for Morrissey, The Smiths had never traveled that far.
Concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth scheduled at the tail end of this tour were cancelled after Morrissey fell ill with viral flu which developed into sinusitis the next day. He didn't leave his room for four days.
The tradition of throwing cigarettes to Morrissey during "Our Frank" (because of the line "give me a cigarette") held strong in Japan. Morrissey often picked one up and put it behind his ear or pretended to smoke it.
Morrissey friend Linder Sterling followed Morrissey to Japan to resume her photographic safari that would lead to the publication of her "Morrissey Shot" book. Photographer Kevin Cummins was also present in Nagoya. His photos were first published in the 19 October issue of the NME, and later collected in his "The Smiths And Beyond" anthology.
The personnel was Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars), Gary Day (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums). Morrissey played tambourine at the beginning and the end of "The Loop". Both times the tambourines ended up being thrown into the crowd.
The most notable addition to the setlist for this portion of the Kill Uncle tour was "Sister I'm A Poet" which had only been performed once before, in Wolverhampton in 1988.
The backbone of the setlist was made up of these 16 tracks: "Mute Witness", "King Leer", "Asian Rut", "Sing Your Life" and "Our Frank" from "Kill Uncle"; early singles "Interesting Drug", "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "Piccadilly Palare", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "November Spawned A Monster" and "Suedehead"; "Viva Hate" album tracks "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" and "Alsatian Cousin" as well as b-sides "The Loop", "That's Entertainment" and "Disappointed". The latter served as standard closer.
The sets were rounded up with part-timers "Sister I'm A Poet", newest single "Pregnant For The Last Time", "Will Never Marry", the yet-to-be-released "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "Yes I Am Blind", "There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends", the cover of the New York Dolls' "Trash" and the cover of T-Rex's "Cosmic Dancer".
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 8 concerts.
Alsatian Cousin - 8
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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" and "And people being nice for the very first time" to "...the very last time". At the end of "Sister I'm A Poet", Morrissey changed a line to "A plastic bag stranded at the lights, this once was me". "Piccadilly Palare" was often followed by Morrissey's cover of the New York Dolls "Trash", when the latter was in the setlist. At the end of "That's Entertainment", the band broke into a frantic drum and guitar frenzy not in the studio version.
The line "it's safer to be inside" in "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" was changed to "it's safer to stay inside", which is closer to how the song was written, but not recorded. 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 something like "ah yes! ah yes!", or moaned, instead of singing "No I've changed my mind again".
A close second would have to be the manufactured bootleg cd "That's New Entertainment", produced from the Tokyo concert. It features a fair-to-good audience recording of the full concert, including "Trash" which wasn't played anywhere else on this leg (but many times on earlier legs).
Untitled fanmade CD-Rs and digital files are also circulated for the Nagoya, Yokohama and Wellington concerts. These are of similar quality, but they vary sensibly in content. Nagoya is probably the one that stands out of the three, it is the only place on this leg where "There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends" was performed.
Any particular memories of last time you played in New Zealand all of 21 years ago?