Your Arsenal Tour

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Your Arsenal Tour
Concert tour by Morrissey
Location North America, Europe, England
Associated album Your Arsenal
Start date July 4, 1992
End date December 23, 1992
Legs 4

43 in North America 9 in England

4 in Europe

The "Your Arsenal Tour" was Morrissey's concert tour in support of his second solo album, "Your Arsenal". Unlike last year's Kill Uncle Tour, Morrissey did not visit areas in the Pacific (Japan, Australia, etc.) and would not do so for another five years. The tour was actually limited to North America and Europe. The tour started on a sour note when Morrissey ultimately cancelled the first show in support of the album, which was scheduled at the popular Glastonbury Festival. Morrissey also ended up cancelling the second day of his appearence at Madstock, the reunion quasi-festival held by ska band Madness. Ths was also bassist Gary Day's last tour with Morrissey, until 1999, when he joined Morrissey again for the Oye Esteban Tour.

Madstock and the NME[edit]

The next two festival dates went down much smoother until Morrissey made it back to London to perform at Madness' reunion concert, dubbed "Madstock". Morrissey and his backing band suffered mostly verbal abuse from the crowd, that composed of mostly racists and non-racists, most of which were none too fond of Morrissey. The situation quickly grew worse as objects were thrown on stage, including a carton of orange juice. Unfortunately, Morrissey himself chose a cropped image of two female skinheads, which disturbed the fervour of the already hostile crowd. Opening band Gallon Drunk also suffered the same abuse. After the set opener, the band went into "Glamorous Glue", in which Morrissey draped himself with a Union Jack flag, raising the brows of many audience members and making tensions mount. The singer cut the set short in which all band members quickly retired their instruments and fled backstage. The fiasco was given much media attention in the UK, in which the campaign was spearheaded by NME. It soon affected ticket sales in the UK, where rumors of Morrissey being racist were heightened by media outlets. Yet, Morrissey soldiered on and ended up touring in his homeland at the end of the year. Throughtout the year, British music magazine NME would try to paint Morrissey as a racist, utilizing false accusations, with little to no evidence. The only incriminating evidence was the headline for the current issue at the time: "Morrissey - Flying the flag or flirting with disaster?" Due to this, Morrissey decided to not tour the UK immediately, only the end of year, which only ended up lasting ten days. Instead, Morrissey toured North America relentlessly.

Morrissey was still selling out shows, but not as much as last year's Kill Uncle Tour. One notable feat, was selling out two shows at the Hollywood Bowl, beating a sales record previously held by The Beatles since 1964.


Setlists composed mostly of material from "Your Arsenal" and earlier b-sides, plus other material that was debuted on last year's Kill Uncle Tour. Surprisingly, nothing was played from "Kill Uncle", all material was dropped from the previous album, and nothing has been played since. Also, during these songs, Morrissey's backing band developed new traditions. Such as, during "The National Front Disco", the band produced feedback from their instruments, resulting an unsettling, chaotic ending. Also, during many early performances, guitarist Boz Boorer would read a poem into his microphone during the feedback jam, and then throw the book into the audience. Or Morrissey would play a tambourine during the beginning and ending of "The Loop", both times the tambourine would end up into the audience.

Date[1] City Country Venue/Event
European Festivals
July 4, 1992 Belfort France Eurockéennes
July 9, 1992 Leysin Switzerland Rock Festival
August 8, 1992 London England Madstock
Date[1] City Country Venue/Event
North American Leg I
September 12, 1992 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Orpheum Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
September 13, 1992 Chicago, Illinois Poplar Creek Music Theater
September 15, 1992 Toronto, Ontario Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
September 16, 1992 Buffalo, New York United States Shea's Performing Arts Center
September 18, 1992 Brooklyn, New York Paramount Theatre (Brooklyn)
September 19, 1992 Waltham, Massachusetts Brandeis University
September 20, 1992 Springfield, Massachusetts Symphony Hall, Springfield
September 22, 1992 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 23, 1992 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mann Music Center
September 25, 1992 Cleveland, Ohio Public Hall
September 26, 1992 Detroit, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
September 27, 1992 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Riverside Theater (Milwaukee)
September 29, 1992 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre (St. Louis)
October 1, 1992 Boulder, Colorado University of Colorado Boulder
October 2, 1992 Salt Lake City, Utah Huntsman Center
October 5, 1992 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada PNE Forum
October 6, 1992 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Arena
October 7, 1992 Portland, Oregon Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 10, 1992 Hollywood, California Hollywood Bowl
October 11, 1992 Hollywood, California Hollywood Bowl
October 13, 1992 Concord, California Concord Pavilion
October 14, 1992 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
October 15, 1992 San Jose, California Event Center Arena
October 17, 1992 Costa Mesa, California Pacific Amphitheatre
October 20, 1992 Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Tower
Date[1] City Country Venue/Event
North American Leg II
October 31, 1992 Del Mar, California United States Del Mar Fairgrounds
November 1, 1992 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Amphitheatre
November 2, 1992 El Paso, Texas Don Haskins Center
November 4, 1992 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
November 5, 1992 San Antonio, Texas San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
November 6, 1992 Houston, Texas The Summit (Houston)
November 8, 1992 Nashville, Tennessee Ryman Auditorium
November 10, 1992 New Orleans, Louisiana State Palace Theatre (New Orleans)
November 15, 1992 Orlando, Florida University of Central Florida
November 16, 1992 Gainesville, Florida O'Connell Center
November 18, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta Civic Center
November 19, 1992 Charlotte, North Carolina Ovens Auditorium
November 20, 1992 Charlottesville, Virginia Performing Arts Center
November 22, 1992 Norfolk, Virginia Chrysler Hall
November 22, 1992 Norfolk, Virginia Chrysler Hall
November 24, 1992 New York City, New York The Limelight
November 25, 1992 New York City, New York Roseland Ballroom
November 27, 1992 New York City, New York The Ritz (rock club)
November 28, 1992 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater (Upper Darby, Pennsylvania)
Date[1] City Country Venue/Event
European Leg
December 11, 1992 Sheffield United Kingdom Sheffield City Hall
December 12, 1992 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
December 14, 1992 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
December 15, 1992 Manchester Manchester Apollo
December 16, 1992 Glasgow Barrowlands
December 18, 1992 Bristol Colston Hall
December 19, 1992 London Alexandra Palace
December 20, 1992 London London Astoria
December 22, 1992 Paris France Zénith de Paris
December 23, 1992 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle