Lawrence, KS - Nov. 05, 1997
|Summary by Greg Stearns
When I arrived at 7 pm, the line from Liberty Hall was still wrapped around the corner. I was anxious to get in after bearing the blustery November weather. When I got in, I chose to sit in the upper balcony because the people on the floor were packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes. Soon thereafter, the Smoking Popes took the stage and performed a fabulous set. One of their songs was augmented with a touch of "Alison" by Elvis Costello. After the Popes set, it wasnt too long until the main event occurred.
After the drum intro to "The Operation" played over the flashing, blinding lights, Morrissey and Co. took to the stage with a great rendition of "The Boy Racer." I was on cloud 9 because I had been singing that song to myself while waiting on line to get in. One of the first things Moz said to the crowd was "Were five bastards from England." After a false start to "Paint A Vulgar Picture" and the crowd going crazy, Morrissey said "See, you were wrong." He then said "I used to be in a band called The Clash." Everybody laughed and then the band commenced again with "Paint A Vulgar Picture." At one point in the show Moz asked the crowd how much they paid for their tickets and said he wouldnt have paid that much. I was thrilled to death when they started "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" because after reading some previous set lists, I was afraid he had dropped that from the show. He only did two songs from Maladjusted which I found interesting but towards the end of the show he did a barrage of Vauxhall And I songs. When the band came on to perform their finale "Shoplifters Of The World Unite," the crowd went into a frenzy. Many people tried unsuccessfully to get up on stage and everybody was screaming. Morrissey shook as many hands as he could, though. Overall, the show was excellent but Moz needs to reach further back into his solo catalog.
Summary by Josh Baze
last modified: 07 Nov 1997 08:16 AM
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