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After a 10-day break, Morrissey and his band returned on the road to promote "Your Arsenal" in Southern and Eastern America.
The mayhem of the Southern California dates took place for the first third of this leg, from California to Texas. It then abated gradually, except perhaps in the bigger cities like New York. At the end Morrissey and the band were starting to show signs of exhaustion.
Personnel: Boz Boorer (guitars), Alain Whyte (guitars), Gary Day (bass) and Spencer Cobrin (drums).
The backbone of the setlist for this leg consisted of "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", "Glamorous Glue", "Certain People I Know", "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "You're The One For Me, Fatty", "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and "We'll Let You Know" representing "Your Arsenal", as well as earlier tracks "The Loop", "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", "Alsatian Cousin", "Suedehead", "He Knows I'd Love To See Him" and "November Spawned A Monster".
"Seasick, Yet Still Docked" was played on most dates, but it was dropped for about a week near the end. "Sister I'm A Poet", "Girl Least Likely To", the new and yet unreleased "Jack The Ripper", the oft-closer "The National Front Disco", "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Tomorrow" were included on and off. 1991 live staples "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug" were reinstated near the end of the tour. They had been dropped from the set after the release of "Your Arsenal".
Finally, the only new live addition on this leg of the tour was "Let The Right One Slip In", performed as an encore on 25 November at New York's Roseland Ballroom. To this date, that was the song's only ever live performance.
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 18 concerts.
Certain People I Know - 18
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As on the previous leg of this tour, Boz added clarinet during the bridge in "November Spawned A Monster". In "We'll Let You Know", Morrissey constantly sang "Is it London?" in a falsetto voice over the bridge, as he usually did live in 1992 (he would stop doing it in 1995). He also changed "we sadly know" to "of course we know" on very few occasions. In "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference", he always changed a line to "How I love all of the complicated things of life". At the end of the song, instead of going into the "Leave me alone I was only singing" part, the band systematically switched to the slow and powerful "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday". Just like he did most of the time on the 1991 Kill Uncle tour, Morrissey sang "just to make myself attracted to you" in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" on most of the few performances of this song on this leg.
There were many other lyrical changes. In "Sister I'm A Poet", Morrissey sang "A plastic bag stranded at the lights, this once was me" instead of the studio version's "Oh no, no, no-no, waiting at the lights, but not this time". In "Tomorrow" he often changed a few lines to "I will tell everyone" and the self-depreciatory "through my useless body". In "Certain People I Know", he sometimes sang "Don't you find life('s) absurd?" instead of "Don't you find this absurd?". As he always did in "He Knows I'd Love To See Him", Morrissey skipped the first two lines and started the song with "I have lived in the Arse of the word". He also dropped the final line "He doesn't know" and occasionally made a few other minor changes. In "Everyday Is Like Sunday", he changed a line to "scratch on a postcard". In "Girl Least Likely To", Morrissey made a few lyric changes, singing "We live for the written word" and "I do think this but I can never say to the girl least likely to". He also rearranged some of the verses, dropping six lines in the process.
Out of those three, "Love To See Him" has the longest and best set. It includes "Jack The Ripper", "Girl Least Likely To" and "Tomorrow" which were not played on the two other dates (although the bootlegs made from those two dates have some of these tracks tagged on as bonus). "New York New York" features a full set that included the only ever performance of "Let The Right One Slip In". "Pillow Talk" has the latter only as a bonus track but includes both late setlist additions "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and "Interesting Drug".
Fans who don't collect video bootlegs on DVD might be interested in "Famous International Playboy" which features a surprisingly good audience recording of the complete, albeit aborted, first New York date. Actually the great sounding latter bootleg could make a good companion to the video recording which has, understandably, inferior sound quality.
The other gigs in circulation at this point in time have nothing of interest for fans who own the three bootlegs mentioned above, except perhaps "Everyday Is Like Sunday". Of that song's three performances on this leg, it is only available on poor audience recordings from Nashville and Gainesville. Most fans might prefer searching for bootlegs from the previous leg (like Boulder or Milwaukee) for a better recording of the 1992 arrangement of that song.
Fans who want more will be interested in fair audience recordings of Del Mar, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and New Orleans. Completists who are ready to settle for poor, very poor and even unlistenable recordings should track down the remaining circulated dates of this leg: Nashville, Gainesville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Norfolk, New York (3) and Philadelphia.