Washington, DC - Sep. 20, 1997
Capitol Ballroom (capacity: 2000)

Set List:

Maladjusted / The Boy Racer / Billy Budd / Alma Matters / Ambitious Outsiders / Speedway / Wide To Receive / Sunny / Reader Meet Author / Paint A Vulgar Picture / Roy's Keen / Satan Rejected My Soul / Now My Heart Is Full // Shoplifters Of The World Unite


Summary by Edwin

Well, we flew up from Miami to the show all excited to see Moz finally. The show was great, Moz sounded and looked wonderful. The only problems I had with the show were that his set was too short. He mostly played selections from Maladjusted which were excellent. The songs he sang from the other albums were not his best work.

Another problem was the fact that there were 5 of the biggest monsters I have ever seen in my life working as bouncers. No one got to rush the stage because of these freaks of nature. Also, Moz wasn't accepting gifts or flowers from anyone. Around 3 people had letters for him and he didn't accept one from any of these people.

If I had to rate the show on a scale from 1 thru 5, I would give it a 4. I believe it could have been way better if he would have participated more with the audience like in his earlier shows. All in all it was an experience I will never forget. I would do it all over again. I didn't mind waiting close to 10 hours in line, getting crushed by 2000 people, or fighting with the bouncers again. I guess it's just part of being a Morrissey fan.

Also, there must be a sense of unity amongst Morrissey fans. I've never met nicer people in my life. We all shared stories, drinks, and jokes at the bouncers expense. I think I'm gonna travel again to another Moz show just for the people there.

Summary by Andreas Papadopoulos

The background two young boys, black and white picture, faces down like staring at something or playing. Security was very tight.

After "The Boy Racer" he said, "This is a gorgeous part of town, I feel almost safe... almost." (SE D.C is one of the most dangerous areas in the country). A small delay in Morrissey singing when "Sunny" started seemed like he missed the group. During "Alma Matters"’ refrain he stopped singing and laughed as everyone was singing along.

Morrissey seems to have gained weight, he came out with a dark blue shirt and dark pants, when he came out for the encore he was wearing a white shirt. Alain and Spencer seemed to have lost weight. Boz and Jonny were pretty much the same, Boz wearing a suit, Jonny a black shirt, Spencer an orange T-shirt, Alain a white shirt with flowers and big collars. Alain was the only one making eye contact with the crowd. The venue was not very big, it has a capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 people. The concert was sold out, but there was enough space to move and dance, in general the venue wasn’t that crowded.

That was the first time I had ever seen Morrissey live, I am glad that I had the chance to see him. The show didn’t last long, but it will stay forever in my heart. "Goodnight, I love you..." his last words.


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