St. Louis, MO - Nov. 06, 1997
American Theatre (capacity: 1700)
|Summary by Jessica
When the doors opened at 7 pm, there were about 150 people in line. I couldnt believe the poor turnout! Supposedly the venue was half sold, but surely once inside there were less than 900 people. There was a pit area, floor seating, and 2 balconies. 4 foot high barriers were placed about 5-7 feet away from the stage preventing the majority from reaching Moz. Only one attempt was made to reach the stage. The guy gave me a nice bruise, but with help we got him over the barricade. He didnt quite make it on stage, but luckily Moz, very appreciative of the attempt, grabbed on to him as security did their usual manhandling - quite a touching look on the ol Mozzers face, actually.
Overall, the show was incredible!!! Moz was EVERYTHING AND MORE more despite the lackluster crowd that was rarely moving to the music. The whole band seemed in a good mood, especially Alain who was very interactive with us in the front. The show was the standard hour, 2 Smiths, 7 Vauxhall, 3 Southpaw, 2 Maladjusted. Moz was talkative, animated, and very sexual - a lot of swaggering, posing, teasing, microphone rubbing, etc. The only minor disappointment came during "Shoplifters" when problems with the monitors visually upset and distracted him. Highlights of the night went something like: "Do you like this venue?.. Really?" (I believe Moz disliked this venue), "Do you like English snobs? Well... because were 5 English snobs", and "I used to be a singer for a band named Siouxsie and the Banshees" (just before "Paint a Vulgar Picture" if my memory serves me right).
Summary by Wade Schoeneweis
During "Shoplifters..." I tried helping a guy over the barrier, but he never had a chance due to the gals in front of me. One person did get over the barrier and was taken away. Moz did come over and grab his hand as he was taken away. The security was intimidating, but were not rough. Also, Morrissey ripped off his shirt and the place went crazy. He threw it into the crowd. I think about ten of us got a piece of it. I was able to get part of a sleeve. I didnt see Morrissey leave the stage because we were still tugging over the shirt. After the show I just stood there and watched the stage hands taken everything away. Everyone around me was screaming for the set list, but I was not. A roadie threw a broken drumstick to the guy on my right. One of the roadies threw a set list to someone on my left. Then another was thrown to my right. It bounced off the fingers of about six different people. I just put my hand over the others and grabbed it. I was amazed! I wasnt even trying. I was already fired up and now I was bouncing off the walls. I got Mozs sleeve and then a set list. It was awesome. I bought a fanzine outside for $5.00. I cant wait to read it. I bought one shirt. It has Moz sitting on a step with someone behind him. The back says Morrissey across the shoulders. MOZ rules!
Summary by Rudy
last modified: 16 Nov 1997 10:51 PM
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