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Morrissey ended a hugely successful return to the stage as a solo artist with a second tour of North America.
Dates scheduled in Worcester, Albany, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Williamsburg, Chapel Hill, Birmingham, New Orleans, Lakeland and Miami at the tail end of the tour were cancelled. After over 6 months of touring everywhere and doing television, radio and magazine interviews almost constantly, exhaustion must have had the better of Morrissey. It was time to kill "Kill Uncle" and move on to the next album.
Most if not all of these concerts were filmed and/or recorded for possible future release, but at this point in time, none of it has seen the light of day.
Personnel: 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 following songs were supposedly also played on the Kill Uncle tour, and very likely on this leg or the previous one:
Besides the above four, the backbone of the setlist here consisted of "November Spawned A Monster", "Alsatian Cousin", "The Loop", "King Leer", "Sister I'm A Poet", "Piccadilly Palare", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", "Asian Rut", "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", "Suedehead" and "Disappointed".
Ex-regulars "Our Frank", "Interesting Drug" and "Mute Witness" were performed on a few early dates, while "Sing Your Life" was completely forgotten. "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends" and "Pregnant For The Last Time" were performed only on a few later dates. The setlists were rounded up with covers of the Jam's "That's Entertainment" or the New York Dolls' "Trash".
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 9 concerts for which the setlist is known.
Alsatian Cousin - 9
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At the end of "That's Entertainment", the band always broke into a frantic drum and guitar frenzy not in the studio version. In Santa Monica, that song was played with an intro of "Cosmic Dancer" the way "Disappointed" was, as described above. "November Spawned A Monster" was now performed with a different live intro that sounds in retrospect like the studio intro to "Your Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" (the song would only be released the following year).
In "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", Morrissey usually sang "just to make myself attracted to you", and on a few occasions he even sang "just to make myself less attracted to you", but he remained faithful to the studio version by not reversing Reggie and Ronnie Kray's names as he often did earlier. In "Everyday Is Like Sunday", he made the usual changes "scratch on a postcard" and "please come, please come nuclear bomb" and occasionally added some forgotten ones like "back down to the bench where your clothes were stolen" and "I do believe this is the coastal town". At the end of "Sister I'm A Poet", Morrissey constantly changed a line to "A plastic bag stranded at the lights, this once was me". In "Pregnant For The Last Time", the line "If ever we had the nerve to" was sometimes changed to "If ever we had the chance to" and "And people being nice for the very first time" to "...the very last time".
The professionally filmed concert from Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater was the best option in this category until the show was finally given an official release in 2014 (see 'official releases' above).
Unfortunately the latter concert was aborted after nine songs, so fans who want to hear more from this period in Morrissey's live career will have to seek the other recordings in circulation, all audience ones, therefore of inferior quality. Three songs from Mountain View (San Francisco) are easily found on "His Master's Voice", but fans will prefer one of two untitled fair-quality audience recordings of the full concert.
One of two audience recordings available for the Vancouver gig features the full concert in reasonable quality. Long Island is available in full, but the sound is not very good. The recordings for San Diego and Chicago are incomplete and sound rather poor.
All of the above is circulated on the internet.
If the sound quality is less important than the content, the earlier concerts in this section feature ex-regulars "Interesting Drug" and "Our Frank" while the later ones include part-timers "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty", "There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends" or "Pregnant For The Last Time". Vancouver doesn't have new composition "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" (added on the following date), but has ex-regulars "Mute Witness" and "That's Entertainment".