Kill Uncle Tour

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Kill Uncle Tour
Concert tour by Morrissey
Location North America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, England
Associated album Kill Uncle
Start date April 27, 1991
End date November 11, 1991
Legs 6

34 in North America 15 in England 10 in Europe 5 in Japan 2 in New Zealand

1 in Australia

The "Kill Uncle Tour" was a concert tour by Morrissey in support of Kill Uncle. The tour was memorable because it was Morrissey's first concert tour with his solo backing band. Besides one gig back in December 1988 in Wolverhampton, Morrissey had never toured in support of any of his solo work. For this tour, Morrissey hired Alain Whyte, Boz Boorer, Gary Day, and Spencer Corbin, as his backing band. Unlike the studio versions, the songs from "Kill Uncle" were given more of a punch as a rockabilly tone was added by the guitar duo Alain Whyte & Boz Boorer. Although it was a brand new tour with brand new material, it took a some time for the band to properly master the songs none of them had either written nor recorded.

And Morrissey was still very popular, as most concerts ended in chaos, ending with massive stage invasions, keeping the tradition from The Smiths' days very well alive. Keeping with more tradition, fans brought flowers and threw them onto stage. One notable new tradition was whenever "Our Frank" was played, fans threw cigarettes at Morrissey to highlight a line in that song.

In the US, Morrissey's popularity had soared since his last visit with The Smiths in 1986, even without the help of massive-scale promotion. This was accounted for the fact that most of the dates in North America sold out quickly, breaking sales records everywhere. The popularity was immense everywhere, as most of the dates sold out, especially in the UK and Europe, even in Japan. Evidence includes the fact that Morrissey's first night of the tour at Dublin's National Stadium, where all 1,500 tickets sold out in 47 minutes. In the US, notable feats were reached, sales-wise. At the June 1 concert in Costa Mesa, CA, all 18,000 tickets sold out in one hour. At Detroit's June 26 concert at the Meadowbrook, all tickets sold out in one hour as well. At the final concert of the first North American leg, at New York City's Madison Square Garden, all 20,000 tickets sold out in one morning, breaking the ticket sales record, and breaking the most merchandise sold record at a concert, a record previously held by U2 since 1987. But in Los Angeles, the excitement reached its peak, as the June 2 concert at the Great Western Forum sold all of its 14,000 tickets in 14 minutes.


Setlist-wise, the band focused heavily on "Kill Uncle" and it's b-sides, not so much. Songs that frequently made the setlist were the staples: "Sing Your Life", "Our Frank", "Asian Rut", "King Leer", and "Mute Witness". Most of these songs were kept on for the entirety of the tour, excluding "Sing Your Life" and "Mute Witness", the first being dropped in the middle of Morrissey's second UK leg, and "Mute Witness" being dropped after the first date (October 28) of Morrissey's second North American leg. Other songs from "Kill Uncle" included "(I'm) The End of the Family Line", "There's a Place In Hell for Me and My Friends", and "Driving Your Girlfriend Home". "(I'm) The End of the Family Line" was only performed once on the first date of the tour, then performed for the first handful of shows if the North American leg, but then dropped permanently. "There's a Place In Hell for Me and My Friends", was performed regularly until the second UK leg, when it was dropped permanently. "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" was only performed on the last two legs, as a setlist staple. Other songs performed included early singles, "The Last of the Famous International Playboys", "Interesting Drug", "Piccadilly Palare", and "November Spawned a Monster". "The Last of the Famous" was performed throughout the tour, keeping a steady position as a setlist staple. "Interesting Drug", like "The Last of the Famous", was performed heavily throughout the tour, but then dropped after the October 28 concert in Vancouver. "Piccadilly Palare" was a setlist staple throughout the course of the tour, where it was performed on its own, until later Morrissey decided to segue into the New York Dolls cover, "Trash". "November Spawned a Monster", an already popular song, was kept on for the entirety of the tour, positioning itself towards the middle of the setlist, until the final North American leg, where it was selected as the new setlist opener. The setlists also included covers, such as "Trash", "Cosmic Dancer", and "That's Entertainment". "Trash" was added as a tribute to recently deceased Johnny Thunders and Morrissey's fascination with the New York Dolls. "Cosmic Dancer" was added as both Morrissey and guitarist Boz Boorer's mutual respect for the 70's glam rock band, T. Rex (band). It was tagged on for the beginning of the tour, until it was dropped after the first handful of US dates. Soon, in late 1991, the beginning of the song and its first verse were played as a tease, until the band abruptly changed into "Disappointed". It was keep in this fashion until the end of the tour. One notable performance, was when David Bowie joined Morrissey for a guest duet. This kicked off the pair's rocky friendship. "That's Entertainment" was performed heavily, usually at its place towards the middle, but then added as main set closer. The song was gradually dropped after the Pacific leg.

Tour dates[edit]

Date[1] City Country Venue/Event
European Leg
April 27, 1991 Dublin Ireland National Stadium
April 29, 1991 Paris France Élysée Montmartre
April 30, 1991 Dienze Belgium Brielpoort
May 1, 1991 Utrecht Netherlands MCV
May 4, 1991 Cologne Germany Music Hall
May 5, 1991 Berlin Neues Schauspielhaus
May 6, 1991 Hamburg The Docks
May 7, 1991 Copenhagen Denmark Saga
May 14, 1991 Aberdeen Scotland Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen
May 15, 1991 Dundee Caird Hall
North American Leg I
May 30, 1991 San Diego United States San Diego Sports Arena
June 1, 1991 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
June 2, 1991 Inglewood Great Western Forum
June 7, 1991 Santa Barbara County Bowl
June 8, 1991 Berkeley Hearst Greek Theatre
June 9, 1991 Sacramento California Exposition Amphitheater
June 11, 1991 Phoenix Compton Terrace
June 13, 1991 Salt Lake City Park West
June 15, 1991 Denver Paramount Theatre
June 17, 1991 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
June 19, 1991 Houston Southern Star Amphitheater
June 21, 1991 Atlanta Fox Theatre
June 25, 1991 Chicago World Music Theatre
June 26, 1991 Detroit Meadowbrook
June 27, 1991 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 28, 1991 Cleveland Nautica
July 3, 1991 Mansfield Great Woods
July 5, 1991 Vaughan Canada Kingswood Music Theatre
July 7, 1991 Upper Darby Township United States Tower Theater
July 8, 1991 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 10, 1991 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 11, 1991 Holmdel Township Garden State Arts Center
July 13, 1991 New York City Madison Square Garden
UK Leg I
July 20, 1991 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena
July 21, 1991 Brixton Academy
July 22, 1991 Brighton Brighton Dome
July 24, 1991 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
July 25, 1991 Doncaster The Dome Leisure Centre
July 26, 1991 Blackburn King George's Hall
July 28, 1991 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Pacific Leg
August 27, 1991 Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka Sunpalace
August 28, 1991 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
September 1, 1991 Nagoya Nagoya Congress Center
September 2, 1991 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
September 3, 1991 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
September 7, 1991 Wellington New Zealand St. James Theatre
September 8, 1991 Auckland Logan Campbell Centre
September 11, 1991 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Festival Hall
September 29, 1991 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
October 1, 1991 Hanley England Point Theatre
October 2, 1991 London National Hall
October 4, 1991 Hammersmith Odeon
October 6, 1991 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
October 7, 1991 Gloucester Leisure Centre
October 8, 1991 Leicester De Montfort Hall
North American Leg II
October 28, 1991 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
October 29, 1991 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
October 31, 1991 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
November 1, 1991 Los Angeles Pauley Pavilion
November 2, 1991 San Diego Starlight Bowl
November 4, 1991 Santa Monica Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
November 8, 1991 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
November 9, 1991 Ann Arbor Unknown Venue
November 11, 1991 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum

Support acts[edit]

  • Phranc (Apr. 29 - Jul. 3, Jul. 20 - 28, Sep. 29, Oct. 6 - 8)
  • Melissa Ferrick (Jul. 5 - 13)
  • Wellington Reigonal Ochestra (Wellington)
  • The Johnson Family (London & Kilburn)
  • The Planet Rockers (Oct. 28 - Nov. 11)