Your Arsenal Tour

Your Arsenal Tour
Concert by Morrissey
LocationNorth America, Europe, England
Associated albumYour Arsenal
Start dateJuly 4, 1992
End dateDecember 23, 1992
No. of shows56

43 in North America 9 in England

4 in Europe

The "Your Arsenal Tour" was the tour in support of Morrissey's latest album, "Your Arsenal". It was Morrissey's last until 1995's Boxers Tour. It started on a sour note; Morrissey cancelled his first Glastonbury Festival appearance, not counting his 1984 appearance with The Smiths. He later canceled another festival date, the Madstock held by the band Madness. Although it started roughly, Morrissey played through the rest of the tour without canceling a single date.

Madstock and the NME[]

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. Morrisey 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. Throughout 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 the previous 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.

Tour dates[]

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
North American Leg I
September 12, 1992 Minneapolis United States Orpheum Theatre
September 13, 1992 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
September 15, 1992 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
September 16, 1992 Buffalo United States Shea's Performing Arts Center
September 18, 1992 New York City Paramount Theatre
September 19, 1992 Waltham Brandeis University
September 20, 1992 Springfield Symphony Hall
September 22, 1992 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 23, 1992 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
September 25, 1992 Cleveland Public Hall
September 26, 1992 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
September 27, 1992 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
September 29, 1992 St. Louis Fox Theatre
October 1, 1992 Boulder University of Colorado Boulder
October 2, 1992 Salt Lake City Huntsman Center
October 5, 1992 Vancouver Canada PNE Forum
October 6, 1992 Seattle United States Mercer Arena
October 7, 1992 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 10, 1992 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
October 11, 1992
October 13, 1992 Concord Concord Pavilion
October 14, 1992 Sacramento Sleep Train Arena
October 15, 1992 San Jose Event Center Arena
October 17, 1992 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
October 20, 1992 Honolulu Aloha Tower
North American Leg II
October 31, 1992 Del Mar United States Del Mar Fairgrounds
November 1, 1992 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
November 2, 1992 El Paso Don Haskins Center
November 4, 1992 Dallas Reunion Arena
November 5, 1992 San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
November 6, 1992 Houston The Summit
November 8, 1992 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
November 10, 1992 New Orleans State Palace Theatre
November 15, 1992 Orlando University of Central Florida
November 16, 1992 Gainesville O'Connell Center
November 18, 1992 Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center
November 19, 1992 Charlotte Ovens Auditorium
November 20, 1992 Charlottesville Performing Arts Center
November 22, 1992 Norfolk Chrysler Hall
November 22, 1992
November 24, 1992 New York City The Limelight
November 25, 1992 Roseland Ballroom
November 27, 1992 The Ritz
November 28, 1992 Upper Darby Tower Theater
European Leg
December 11, 1992 Sheffield England Sheffield City Hall
December 12, 1992 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
December 14, 1992 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Hall
December 15, 1992 Manchester Manchester Apollo
December 16, 1992 Glasgow Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
December 18, 1992 Bristol England Colston Hall
December 19, 1992 London Alexandra Palace
December 20, 1992 London Astoria
December 22, 1992 Paris France Zénith de Paris
December 23, 1992 Düsseldorf Germany Philips Halle

Live recordings[]

The second London show and the Paris show were professionally recorded and released later in 1993, as a live album. Most of it was recorded in Paris, as the London show was used to fill in for Paris recordings that may not have been up to par. This release was called, "Beethoven Was Deaf".